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Centuries later in 1447, Johann Gutenberg of Germany invented the first printing press, which redefined the practice of using news sheets, newsletters and pamphlets to distribute information to the public. The Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany, is home to the first printing press. Newspapers began appearing more frequently in the 17th century. The first newspaper on record and the first preserved – Relation – was launched in Germany in 1605. Western European countries were at the forefront of the industry during those early years: France started the Gazette in 1631; England – the London Gazette in 1665. Domestic issues, for the most part, didn’t make the news. Instead, the English reported on the problems associated with the French military and the French papers covered the latest British royalty scandal.

DEBUT OF NEWSPAPERS IN AMERICA In 1690, the first newspaper in the U.S. appeared in Boston, Mass. However, Publick Occurrences was soon taken off the market because it went public without any authority. The publisher was arrested and all copies were destroyed, except for one – discovered in the British Library in 1845. The Boston News-Letter surfaced in 1704. Postmaster John Campbell started the newspaper, which was subsidized by the colonial government. Despite government support, the newspaper had limited circulation. In the 1720s, Philadelphia and New York City launched newspapers. By the Revolutionary War, about two dozen newspapers were established in various colonies. Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania were the centers of printing in America for many years. It is said that the early newspapers in America heavily influenced public opinion regarding full political independence from England. By the end of the war in 1783, 43 newspapers were in print throughout the nation. The Bill of Rights, established in 1791, guaranteed freedom of the press and the newspaper industry gained momentum.

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In 1814, 346 newspapers were in print and by the 1830s advances in printing and paper production technology spawned a newspaper that could be sold for 1 cent per copy, making it available to people other than the wealthy. The Industrial Revolution brought rapid change to the burgeoning newspaper industry. Huge printing presses arrived in the 1850s, producing 10,000 newspapers per hour. As the photograph came into play, so did pictures in the newspapers. The 1880 U.S. census reported 11,314 newspapers in print that year.

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By 1910, newspapers began to look like the modern-day version: bold headlines, illustrations, funny pages and sporting events.

YELLOW JOURNALISM A few publishers and writers in the beginning of the newspaper industry interpreted freedom of speech with abandonment. Lawyers would have their own heyday if today’s newspapers mirrored the libelous content of the past. Fact checking and accuracy were not the modern-day mantras of newspapers. Political rivals battled it out in newspapers, with an “anything goes” attitude. Eventually, newspapers began reporting real news and discarded the lies and half-truths. But the growth of newspapers led to fierce competition, and publishers again began taking liberties with the facts to entice readers. Historians believe that “yellow journalism” began in 1895 with a rivalry between Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of The New York World, and William Randolph Hearst, The New York Journal publisher. A 19th century cartoonist, Robert Outcault, worked for The New York World until Hearst persuaded him to work for his New York Journal; thus, began their rivalry and “yellow journalism.” Outcault was nicknamed the “Yellow Kid” and comic strips used a yellow ink to prevent smears; thus, the name. Yellow journalism is basically skewed facts and stories and sensationalism. Publishers used eye-catching headlines to grab readers’ attention, and often exaggerated events and relied on unnamed sources. The practice included over dramatizing the news and scandal-mongering. Biased news articles prevailed as well. Although circulation eventually declined in the 1900s at newspapers known for yellow journalism, some say the practice never faded. Instead, newspapers absorbed yellow journalism with a continuation of catchy headlines, editorial sections, political cartoons, special interest sections and intrusive reporting.

NEWSPAPER CONSOLIDATION Ironically, many independent newspapers have realized greater success in the past few years. Independent community newspapers have come full circle. Once swallowed up by consolidation, they came back on the scene in the 20th century and have realized greater successes as larger newspapers crash because of high costs and a declining subscription base. Readers today often get their national and world news from the T.V. or the Internet but turn to community newspapers for what’s happening locally. In the early 1950s, family owned newspapers dominated the industry in the U.S. By 1980, newspaper families had

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PLAGIARISM IN JOURNALISM…OR… WHERE DID THAT COME FROM? Maybe one could get away with fabricating stories in the early days of the industry, but there’s a label for that today – plagiarism – and reporters get fired for it. Jayson Blair of The New York Times was a master at plagiarizing and using fiction as fact. He resigned in May 2003, after he couldn’t prove that he plagiarized a story previously written by reporter Macarena Hernandez for the Antonio Express-News. The New York Times had plenty of warnings about Blair’s shoddy practices and questionable stories. He had been criticized extensively for numer-

After Blair resigned, a full investigation of his four years at The New York Times revealed a slew of suspect articles such as the following two:

While at USA Today, Kelley was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

• In a piece on military wards and the wounded, Blair gave a full account of his personal interview with four soldiers in a naval hospital. Turns out he had never been in the hospital and had interviewed just one soldier by phone. He even made up stories about their injuries.

THE CRYSTAL BALL In his book “The Vanishing Newspaper,” Philip Meyer calculated that 2043 will mark the end of the newspaper, as future generations get their news electronically.

• Blair wrote an article on a church pastor from Cleveland and had never been inside the church and had only interviewed the pastor on the phone. He stole quotes from a Cleveland newspaper and the New York Daily News and copied almost verbatim from a previous article in the Washington Post.

Whether Meyer is right on remains to be seen, but the industry has taken many hits over the past few years. Advertising revenues have thwarted the newspaper business, causing massive layoffs. Newspaper revenue dropped 16.6 percent in 2008 from the previous

Today, Blair is a life coach in Virginia! Jack Kelley had been the “golden boy” at USA Today for many years until his colleagues began investigating his practices. The story that leveled him involved an article about Yugoslavia and documents he said he had seen about killings and ethnic cleansings in Kosovar. The story was completely fabricated and led to an all-out investigation of Kelley. According to the “NewsHour,” Website of Jim Lehrer; USA Today determined that Kelley “made up all or part of 20 stories that appeared in

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He glanced over his shoulder to see if his wife was listening and he said, “Marie wants the darn thing out of the basement because it was the bed my first wife and I slept in for three years. She thinks I keep it to…” “Oh, I see.” I interrupted with understanding. “No, Jeff, I don’t need a water bed, but thanks anyway.”

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“I didn’t know people were still sleeping on them,” I mused. “Well I have one in my basement and Marie is pretty upset that I’ve kept it. I could let it go for only fifty bucks.”

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Like Jeff and Marie, you may be thinking of having a garage sale before summer is over. If you are, then here are some tactics that will help make your sale more successful: First of all, remember that some bargains aren’t bargains no matter how cheap they are. It doesn’t matter that you paid $2300 for your Macintosh 512K computer some time in the last century it’s not worth $89. Heck, it’s not worth 89 cents. And don’t try the “it’s an antique” sales pitch. It is not an antique - it’s obsolete. The same goes for those 8-track tapes, your old bowling ball, and the 2006 calendar from Jamaica (But it has such pretty pictures on it!). Another thing - separate your stuff into men’s, women’s, and children’s stuff. I don’t like to look through a box of miscellaneous hardware and have to fight off a bunch of dusty Avon bottles. Also, while I’m poking around your stuff, don’t stare at me like you recognize me from America’s Most Wanted. I’m not the guy. I’m just someone with too little money and too much time. Jeff called a few minutes ago “You know that water bed I was telling you about? I couldn’t sell the stupid thing, so I cut it up and made shelves out of it. Marie is a lot happier and now we have a place to put all the junk we didn’t sell.”

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Correctional Facility near Buffalo, N.Y. Later that day, state police retook most of the prison, but 1,281 convicts occupied an exercise field called D Yard, where they held 39 prison guards and employees hostage for four days.

• On Sept. 12, 1940, near Montignac, France, a collection of prehistoric cave paintings are discovered by four teenagers who stumble upon the ancient artwork in a cavern. The 15,000- to 17,000-year-old paintings consist mostly of animal representations.

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A year or so ago he was lost and no one claimed him. We put him up for adoption and he was adopted. He was given back to SAINT Animal Rescue because his owner has allergies now and can no longer keep him. Sandy has one brown eye and one blue. He is part Golden Retriever and something else and we aren’t sure what.

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Introducing a new guinea pig may be all right in Tulip’s case. Female cavies accept new companions more readily than males, which generally have to be introduced when they’re both young. I can’t say whether introducing a very young female cavy companion will work better than introducing an adult cavy to Tulip -- but adult cavies tend to be very individualistic. Go with your instincts, and observe both guinea pigs closely as they interact. Happy cavies generally make clucking or “wheek” sounds, or purr. Teeth clacking, posturing or yawning can indicate aggressiveness. In any case, make sure Tulip continues to get the nutrients she needs while she adjusts to the loss of Rosie. She must eat daily, so if she hasn’t eaten in 24 hours, contact her veterinarian for guidance -- she may need to be brought in so the vet can introduce nutrients quickly. Send your tips, questions and comments to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or e-mail them to pawscorner@hotmail.com. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.


BLUEBERRY TORTILLA ROLLUPS This is a delicious after-school snack or a wonderful family dessert. You can double the recipe for the Blueberry Cream Cheese Spread and use it on bagels, waffles or toast for a quick breakfast. 8 burrito-size flour tortillas (about 8 inches) To make the Blueberry Cream Cheese Spread: 1/2 cup blueberries, washed 4 ounces low-fat cream cheese 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Kids need to eat fruit every day to be sure they’re getting enough vitamins and fiber. With blueberries in the fridge or freezer, providing healthful fruit treats for your family is easy. Blueberries never need to be chopped, peeled, cored or stemmed -- just rinse, and they’re ready to enjoy as a quick snack or recipe ingredient. By serving your family fruit-filled breakfasts, snacks and desserts, you’re also helping them develop good eating habits that can last a lifetime. Here are some quick ways to use blueberries for your child’s breakfast or after-school snack that are also fun for the whole family. These simple suggestions are as easy to make as they are to eat -- so even the youngest chefs in the family can help out: • Put a blueberry smile on your child’s pancakes or waffles. • Add blueberries to a peanut butter sandwich and call it a PB&B. • For a tasty take-along snack or lunchbox treat, mix dried blueberries, your child’s favorite cereal and some mini pretzels in a zip-top bag. • In a glass, layer blueberries, yogurt and crushed cereal or graham crackers to make a quick and easy parfait. • Make True-Blue Ice Cubes: Fill an ice-cube tray with blueberry juice and add a few blueberries. After freezing, add the dark-blue cubes to orange juice or lemonade. In this week’s recipe for Blueberry Tortilla Rollups, agave nectar is suggested to sweeten the berries and to make this recipe a healthy, low-fat snack or

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PRINCELY PINOT Pinot Noir [PEE-no NWA], the great grape of Burgundy, is a touchy variety. Pinot Noir is lighter in color than Cabernet or Merlot wine. It has relatively high alcohol, medium-to high acidity, and medium to-low tannin (although oak barrels can contribute additional tannin to the wine). Its flavors and aromas can be very fruity-often like a melange of red berries-or earthy and woodsy, depending o how it’s grown and/or vinified. Try it with lamb or pasta dishes.

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WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO LIVE WITH US RENT FREE and help us with some light housekeeping, meal preparation and some child transportation. The children are older, but our work and travel commitments can keep us from being able to juggle all the schedules. We have plenty of room and have had au pairs for years, but we don’t need anyone full time anymore. We primarily need help in the after school through dinner hours. We live in Monument. If you are interested, please call Jennifer or Bart at 719 487 2851.

HELP WANTED Hangers, Your Thrift Shop benefitting Tri-Lakes Cares, is looking for Enthusiastic and reliable volunteers to help customers and Inventory items for Saturdays and some p.m. weekdays. Fun environment! Call Sandy at 488-2300 for more information.

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ROOM FOR RENT All utilities and washer & dryer furnished. Month to month lease. Rent $385. No pets or smoking (or smoking pets!)

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Lovely, sunny 1300 sq foot walk out apartment with private entrance and patio in a home on 2.5 acres in tress, 5 minutes to I25. Full kitchen, new carpet and paint, walk in closet and storage room. Cable, high speed internet and all utilities included. Perfect for the person who wants to live in a comfortable home, without home maintenance. A must see. Nonsmoking. $990/month Call 719-488-1466 for more information. FOR SALE

LIKE NEW! 3br/2ba 1404 sq.ft. manufactured home on lge lot MM Park.New ref.& neutral carpet, cer. tile in kit,utility &entry.W/D, DW, 2 storage sheds. $44,500 Call owner 488-0986 to see!

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FREEDOM PATHWAYS Helping the path of others. Housekeeping, doctor appointments, run errands, over night care, meal planning. Local references. CPR Certified & Med Certification. Call JoAnne at 719-494-8124

On 12 acres, 1 mile south west of Monument City Limits. Barn with power, water and locking tack room. Easy access to National Forest trails. Feeding twice daily in winter, once daily in summer. Winter $300/mo, Summer $200/ mo. Call Rick: 481-6660

Your electric bill could double if Congress passes proposed legislation. We need your help! Senators are drafting climate change legislation NOW. This legislation should be:

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It’s Happening On The Square! Robinson Construction is doing an excellent job rebuilding the Coffee Cup Cafe.

The cafe should be open soon! During the restaurant and road construction, don’t forget Front St. Square’s other fine businesses are open and ready to serve you!

THE COFFEE CUP CAFÉ Suite 6 - 719•488•0663

Restaurant temporarily closed due to fire damage. Please support our other location, a Second Cup and continue to support other local Tri-lakes businesses while we work to reopen. Thank you, Wendy and Jeremy Diggins

GREAT SPACE AVAILABLE

This Month’s Focus THEAPEUTIC MASSAGE THERAPY

Suite 11-C 719-488-2250

Theapeutic Massage Therapy: Who’s Got Your Back? Yoga Posture and Breathing Technique Workshop for discomfort September 26, 1-3 p.m. 488-2250 The Bead Corner, Heart and Hand Marketplace: Knitting classes by master knitter Barb Dedecker.

Clean and comfortable environment. Health and wellness workshops. Aromamassage - Mountain Air Salon: Experienced stylist wanted. Booth rental Couples. Swedish, Deep Tissue and Sports. salon.481-3265 Ask for Karey.

SPACE AVAILABLE Suite 8 Great space, great rates. 1,000 SF, 1200 SF or 2200SF of prime retail space. Call John 488-8194

Love Shop: Sept 17-19 Pandora Gift with Purchase receive a free lobster clasp bracelet with your purchase of $100.00 or more. One Stop Cleaners: Now selling super soft mink blankets. Winter is coming, stop in to see and feel the softness. Long wearing.

BLUE SAGE MERCHANT Suite 11-B 719•488•1822

Let us sell for you in the world’s largest auction site - Tri-Lakes only E Bay drop off store

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SPACE AVAILABLE

Under new management of Karey Ennor. Barber cuts by Meredith, highlights, state of the art color, updos and contemporary cuts. Hair extensions.

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ONE STOP CLEANERS Suite 11-A 719•488•3851 Your Dry Cleaning and Alterations Headquarters.

THE BEAD CORNER RICHARDS CHIROPRACTIC Suite 10 719•481•3121 We put the pieces back together!

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SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles

SPINAL CEMENT NOT ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE

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ears ago, doctors came up with a new technique to fix fractured vertebrae in the spine caused by osteoporosis: They injected medical-grade “cement” into the area, which stabilized the fracture site and relieved pain. It was a good idea. “Percutaneous vertebroplasty” was done on thousands of patients over the years, but only now has there been a study to see if the treatment is effective. Unfortunately, it turns out that the procedure doesn’t work quite as well as planned. Patients were tested at the one-week, one-month, three-month and sixmonth marks after the procedure. To get good results, a double-blind study was used. Some patients were given a “fake treatment” and only thought they had had the cement injected. Patients were able to get up within a few hours and experience less or even no pain, but the results showed that those who did and did not have the procedure had the same outcome. Those receiving the treatment didn’t get better results than those who didn’t have the treatment, in terms of pain and ability to function. The conclusion was that there’s no real benefit to the treatment -- but there are risks. The risks are fairly serious, especially since the procedure doesn’t appear to work any better than other treatments. The “cement” can leak, which means it likely can migrate elsewhere in the body. There is risk of infection. And worse, there’s a possible risk of more fractures because the cement stabilized the fracture in the position it was already in. Now being tested is a “balloon” that is injected between the vertebrae, which will allow the space between vertebrae to be put back in its original position before the “cement” is injected. This will hopefully take care of the risk of additional fractures at the same site.

Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail. com. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

SOCIAL SECURITY’S 800 NUMBER: A HISTORY OF SERVICE By Rose Fortune Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Colorado Springs

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oday, most adults in America carry a cell phone. If they don’t, they probably have a landline phone at home. Although millions of people go online each year and take advantage of our convenient services at www.socialsecurity.gov, we still offer a full range of services over the telephone too. That’s an important thing to remember when you need to do business with Social Security. You can conduct many business transactions with our automated telephone services 24/7. Simply dial 1-800-772-1213. And by calling that same number, you can talk with a Social Security representative from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Our toll-free 800 number service, which marked its 20th anniversary late last year, has now answered over a billion phone calls. Yes, that’s billion with a ‘b!’ And this year alone Social Security will handle more than 60 million calls. Our phones are busiest early in the week and early in the month, so if your business can wait, it’s best to call at other times. Also, whenever you call, have your Social Security number handy. Bilingual representatives are available to assist our non-English speaking members of the public. Do you have a Social Security question or problem and cannot call during normal business hours? Recorded information and many automated services are available 24 hours a day — including weekends and holidays.

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Callers can use these automated services to report a change of address or telephone number, start or change direct deposit of benefits, request a proof of income letter or a replacement Medicare card, and order some of our most popular public information pamphlets. Of course, if you have a computer, you may find that the information and services offered online are even more convenient at www.socialsecurity.gov. While you’re online, you can read more about our toll free phone service at www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/services.htm. But if you don’t have a computer or prefer to do business over the phone, we invite you to call us. Social Security is never more than a phone all away: 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800325-0778).


SNIPPETZ® HEALTH AND WELLNESS

FOUR CLUBS, ONE UNBEATABLE PRICE! WE’RE FIT TO CELEBRATE AND SO ARE YOU! We’re celebrating the GRAND RE-OPENING of the Anytime Fitness in Monument, the area’s only exclusive 24 hour, co-ed, non-intimidating fitness club. Come in during our celebration and enjoy our GRAND RE-OPENING OFFERS!

WOODMOOR PINES CELEBRATING 40 YEARS

Golf Marathon Woodmoor Pines September 14 - 20

GRAND RE-OPENING

CELEBRATION!! SATURDAY, SEPT. 19TH • 9:00AM - 5:00PM

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Join us for food, refreshments and fun! We look forward to meeting you!

100 who enroll receive... $0 enrollment! PLUS... Two Months Free!

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*Marathon fees can be applied to membership initiation fee.

24-HOUR, CO-ED FITNESS • SECURE, COMFORTABLE, CLEAN NATIONWIDE ACCESS TO ALL ANYTIME FITNESS CLUBS • CUTTING-EDGE CARDIO EQUIPMENT TOP-OF-THE-LINE STRENGTH EQUIPMENT • 24 HOUR TANNING • AND MUCH MORE!

For information on membership, contact Chris DeCicco at 719-481-2272 ext. 402. www.woodmoorpinesgcc.com

719-487-1979 • www.anytimefitness.com tness. 1737 Lake Woodmoor Dr. • Monument, CO 80132

ANYTIME FITNESS ANNOUNCES NEW OWNERSHIP OF THE MONUMENT COLORADO

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nytime Fitness, the world’s largest and fastest growing 24-hour co-ed fitness franchise, is pleased to announce the new owners of the Monument Anytime Fitness Club. The new owners, Dane and Tina Matthew are hosting a grand re-opening celebration on September 12 from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Anytime Fitness Center located at 1737 Lake Woodmoor Dr in Monument. With 24/7 access, Anytime Fitness offers convenient and affordable exercise. At Anytime Fitness, members can workout any time of the day or night, every day of the year. They use a security-access key to enter the club, 24-hours a day. Once inside, members have full use of state-ofthe-art strength training and cardiovascular equipment. Anytime Fitness also offers 24hour tanning and membership reciprocity among its clubs, which allows members to use any of the 1000+ clubs that are currently open in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The layout of the Monument club is designed for quick and effective exercise. The equipment options at Anytime Fitness include circuit and cross-training machines, free weights, stationary bicycles, and treadmills. The Matthews take over ownership of the center on September first and are prepared to make significant improve-

ments to the facility. They have already ordered new tanning beds and are planning to upgrade the interior of the club. Matthew said “the private showers and dressing areas will get a make-over as well as the interior paint scheme.” To celebrate its grand re-opening, Anytime Fitness is offering new membership specials that according to Matthew “make the price of getting fit, less then the price of a bottle of soda a day.” The Matthews hope to attract 500 new members to the club. Toward this goal, Matthew is already working with other local businesses to coordinate efforts and offer new members unique incentives. According to Matthew all new Anytime Fitness members at his club, will also receive a free social membership at the Woodmoor Pines Golf and Country Club. The Matthews are very enthusiastic about opening this new club in Monument. Dane is a recently retired Air Force Officer with 20-years of experience running base fitness centers and community recreational activities. “The convenience and affordability of Anytime Fitness can’t be beat,” said Matthew. “Choosing this club makes it easy for members to stay committed to their fitness goals.” “Anytime Fitness clubs are pared down to the essentials necessary for a great work-

out,” said Matthew. “Where we don’t cut corners is in our personal service and commitment to our members. We are excited to be in Monument, and it’s our goal to become an active member of the community,” continued Matthew. Club tours will be available during the grand opening celebration. Membership information is available at the club, by calling (719) 487-1979 or (719) 216-6129, or visiting the club, and at www.anytimefitness.com.

ABOUT ANYTIME FITNESS Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Anytime Fitness prides itself on providing its more than 600,000 members with convenient and affordable fitness options in friendly, well-maintained facilities which

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feature top-quality exercise equipment. State-of-the-art security and surveillance systems ensure member safety at the clubs, even during unstaffed hours. Anytime Fitness expects to achieve system-wide sales in excess of $150 million in 2009. Recent accolades: Mpls./St. Paul Business Journal ranked Anytime Fitness #1 on its “Fast 50” list of the fastest-growing private companies in Minnesota for 2008. The National Minority Franchising Initiative named Anytime Fitness among its “Top 50 Franchises for Minorities” (November, 2008). Entrepreneur magazine (January, 2009) ranked Anytime Fitness the 9th fastestgrowing franchise of any type in America (up from 12th last year), and Franchise Times magazine ranked Anytime Fitness 35th on its “Fast 55” list of new franchises. For more information about Anytime Fitness, or to find the club nearest you, visit www.anytimefitness.com.


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ARE YOU BORED WITH YOUR CURRENT WORKOUT? ARE YOU GETTING THE RESULTS YOU WANT? ARE YOU READY TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT?

Bonnie B. Baswell, M.D. Eric L. Caplan, M.D. Heather F. Fink, PA-C

BOB BADER, NSCA- CPT SPECIALIZES IN FUNCTIONAL TRAINING This training combines weight training and cardio into one workout so you get the results you want faster! Contact Bob for a free consultation:

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Conveniently located at 755 Hwy. 105, Unit 12, behind the West End Center in Palmer Lake the contraction of airway muscles. They also prevent the production of thick mucus. It can take up to four weeks before the effect of these medicines is appreciated. Inhaled cortisone doesn’t cause the serious side effects that prolonged use of oral and injectable cortisone can. Your health isn’t going to be in danger from its use. Your health is going to improve with its use. You might not have to use it for life.

ASTHMA CAN APPEAR AT ANY AGE DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 47, and my doctor tells me I have asthma. Is that possible? I thought it was a children’s disease. One of the medicines the doctor put me on is a cortisone-type inhaler. This has me scared silly. I don’t want to stay on a cortisone medicine for life. I have heard it does too many bad things. What do you have to say about this? -- M.L. ANSWER: Asthma can make an appearance at any age. The incidence of it peaks between the ages of 4 and 10, and again in the 40s. It’s not only a childhood illness. During an asthma attack, the airways (bronchi) narrow because the muscles wrapped around them go into spasm. That makes it hard for air to get into and out of the lungs. Added to the airway constriction is an outpouring of thick mucus within the airways, another obstruction to the flow of air through these passages. For an acute asthma attack, medicines that relax the muscles wrapped around the airways are used, most often delivered via an inhaler. The onset of action of these medicines is quick, but their duration is only about four to six hours. So it is also important to administer to asthmatics medicines that last longer. Inhaled cortisone medicines are such drugs, and they’re essential for asthma control. They soothe irritated airways and prevent

The asthma booklet gives a detailed explanation of this common condition and its treatment. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 602W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery.

Enjoy the Beauty of Colorado Without the Sneeze or the Wheeze.

Individualized treatment for: Nasal Allergies Chronic Sinusitis Food Allergy Hives Eczema Asthma Including Allergy Injections At the Medical Center next to Safeway

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550 Highway 105 Monument, CO 80132 Wednesday Afternoons

*** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Enclosed is an ad for vitamin B-4. Is it as good as the ad says? -- L.F. ANSWER: Sometime in the past, scientists thought there was a vitamin B-4 whose lack was responsible for slow growth in animals. It was called adenine. Adenine is real, but it’s not a vitamin. It’s the building material for DNA and RNA. It’s found in many foods. You don’t need a supplement of it.

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: When my 68year-old husband exercises, he smells like rotten onions. He claims that deodorants and antiperspirants are harmful. He says you need to let your armpits breathe. I say he’s wrong. -- Anon.

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*** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2009 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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SNIPPETZ® HEALTH & THE LOCAL SCOOP The Winter – Helmich Gallery will host a book signing

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BEHAVIOR TIP OF THE WEEK RELAX AND LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

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eople who struggle with eating problems often find it difficult to relax. They may be too preoccupied trying to stay busy to avoid what their body is feeling; such as hunger pangs, fear, depression, stress, anger, etc. Learning to relax allows you to tune into your body. When you are relaxed, you are more aware of any unpleasant emotional and physical feelings. You should also have a clearer picture of how to deal with them appropriately. Ignoring unpleasant feelings just causes them to build up to the point where you may cope with them by practicing unhealthy eating behaviors. For example,

ignoring feelings of hunger can cause you to overeat at your next meal. Or, ignoring an issue that made you angry might cause you to turn to food to calm you down. When instead, you should just relax. Relaxation can give your mind and body a break from the stress of daily life so you can think clearly and positively. For example, instead of reaching for that gallon of ice cream when your friend upsets you; relax with a warm bath or listen to soothing music. While you begin to feel better, you may think of a good way to discuss the situation with your friend and clear things up. Relaxation can become a substitute for or help prevent unhealthy eating behaviors, so that you can make progress with your weight loss.

Visit www.heavensfavorite.com

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$15.95 each volume

Start reading now and look forward to an evening with Tom Shanley - author, adventurer and storyteller.

Thursday, September 17, 2009 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 47 Third Street, Monument, Colorado

Call Diet Center® for a free consultation (719 488-3564) and let us show you how being at your goal weight doesn’t cost, it saves.

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In September of 2005, Tom Shanley and my husband Donovan Anderson embarked on a historical journey through Mongolia where Tom began his research for this novel. Led by a special team of educators, historians, archeologists and translators, they traced the early years of Temujin that ultimately led to his ascent as the supreme leader. They were completely immersed in a Mongolian lifestyle that remains almost unchanged since the time of Chinggis Khan. Tom returned to Mongolia several times to complete his research and development of this remarkable novel.

(I promise I won’t serve airag!)

THE COLORADO SPRINGS DIVERSITY FORUM IS PRESENTING A WORKSHOP, “10 KEY ELEMENTS OF BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE DIVERSITY PROGRAM.” Tuesday, September 22 1 - 2:30 p.m. It will be held in the Cuchara Room, Memorial Health System Administrative Center, 2420 E. Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, CO , and hosted by Bill Anstee, Senior Director of Diversity for the Healthcare Market Segment, Sodexo Biography: Presenter Biography Bill Anstee, Senior Director of Diversity for the Healthcare Market Segment has been with Sodexho and its affiliates for more than 20 years. Anstee’s career has spanned all of the company’s divisions and includes operations, human resources, recruiting, and diversity work. As Senior Director of Diversity, he is responsible for creating and implementing various diversity related strategies and ensuring

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the Healthcare diversity strategy coincides with the overall corporate program. He is a member of The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Human Development Diversity Board and is active in the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality recruiting programs for the company. Anstee is an inaugural board member of the Asian Health Care Leaders Association. He has also served on The Tressler Lutheran Services Board, Widner University Advisory Board, Delaware State University Hospitality Board, and has been active with the HBCU Consortium and The United Way’s Loaned Executive program. Anstee holds a bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management and a minor in Individual Family Studies and Counseling. Cost: FREE

Barbara Oakley 719-488-2119 PO Box 863 Monument, CO 80132


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S e n s e ior Allia k a L i r T n e c h e T

REOPENS ITS IMPROVED The Tri-Lakes Senior Alliance reopens its improved THRIFT STORE

Thrift Store

Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (719)Saturday, 488-3495 Tuesday through 10:00 am–4:00 pm

719-488-3495

For information, to volunteer, or to donate items, call the store during business hours.

Proceeds benefit the Senior Citizen For information, to volunteer, or toTri-Lakes donate items, call the store Program during business hours.

Proceeds benefit the Tri-Lakes Senior Citizen Program

INCREDIBLE SAVINGS ON THINGS YOU NEED (OR WANT!) SPORTING GOODS Bicycles, skis, heaters, coolers, golf clubs, camp chairs, Sportingback Goods – Bicycles, skis, heaters, coolers, packs, roller skates

TOOLS (orhack want)saws, hand trucks, Car jacks, sander, wrenches, tire chains, snow shovels, tool boxes

Incredible savings on things you need

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trucks, tire chains, snow shovels, tool boxes Furnishings - Chandeliers, ceiling fans, table FURNISHINGS floor lamps, knick-knacks, baskets, lamps, Chandeliers, ceiling fans, table lamps, floortables, lamps, knick-knacks, baskets, pictures, suit cases tables, pictures, suit cases Books – Over 2,000 paper-backs, hard-backs, BOOKS subjects collector books – All

golf clubs, camp chairs, back packs, roller skates FURNITURE Furniture – Desks, entertainment centers, file Desks, entertainment centers, coffee tables, beds, collectibles, cabinets,coffee file cabinets, tables,rocker, rocker, beds, collectibles Appliances – Kitchen stove & oven, microwaves, , bread makers, juicers, clocks, clockvacuum cleanerAPPLIANCES Over 2,000 paper-backs, hard-backs, collector Kitchen stove & oven, microwaves, vacuum cleaner, radios,makers, juicers, clocks, clock-radios books – All subjects bread Note: We can not accept electronics, clothes, shoes, Children Items – Toys, games, bicycles, backpurses, or child’s car seats. NOTE: packs, strollers, portable crib, CHILDREN ITEMS We can not accept electronics, Toys, games, bicycles, back-packs, strollers, clothes, shoes, purses Tools – Car jacks, sander, wrenches, hack saws, hand portable crib

or child’s car seats.

Tri-Senior Alliance Thrift Store

Unit No. 9 behind the West End Center 755 Highway 105 Palmer Lake, Colorado 488-3495

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PYRAMID

For Sale by Owner: 880 Beacon Lite #3 Ready to move in tomorrow!

ROOFING

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1. Who was the last player to lead the American League in hits, runs and total bases for a season? 2. For each of three seasons (1991-93), Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine shared the National League lead for victories with another pitcher. Name the other pitchers. 3. Who holds the NFL record for most interceptions thrown by a quarterback in a season? 4. How many consecutive seasons has the Utah State men’s basketball team won at least 23 games and gone to a postseason tournament? 5. Two NHL players are tied with the most 50-goal seasons (nine). Name them. 6. Name the only current NASCAR Cup track where Jeff Gordon has not won a race. 7. Who was the last reigning Wimbledon’s men’s singles tennis champion not to attempt to defend his crown before Rafael Nadal in 2009?

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2. RELIGION: Who is the patron saint for mountain climbers? 3. PSYCHOLOGY: Someone who has tonitrophobia might be terrified during a storm. What kind of fear would this phobia sufferer have? 4. TOYS: What was the name of the British version of America’s “G.I. Joe”? 5. LITERATURE: Who wrote the novel “The Quiet American”? 6. MYTHOLOGY: In Greek mythology, who slew the Minotaur? 7. MUSIC: “The Last Waltz” was a documentary of the final concert of which rock group? 8. MOVIES: What is the only animal that Jim Carrey’s “Ace Ventura” character is afraid of? 9. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is considered to be the largest library in the world?

1. Which Aretha Franklin song has the title spelled in the lyrics? Name the year the song came out. 2. Who was “You’re So Vain” written about? 3. Which group sang “We’re an American Band” and when? 4. Name the singer who was at one time with the group Culture Club. (Hint: He just got out of prison, where he served time for assault.) 5. How did Guns N’ Roses get its name? 6. Who sang “Before I Let You Go”? (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

In order to keep everyone honest (you know who you are,) we have moved the answers and solutions to the trivia and puzzles to the next page (23).

New DVD Releases for Week of September 7, 2009 PICKS OF THE WEEK “Crank 2: High Voltage” -- When it comes to choosing the greatest action star of this decade, some may argue in favor of Muay Thai expert Tony “Ong Bak” Jaa (“Oh, look at me, I can knock out an elephant with one kick”), but for my money, poundfor-pound, the undisputed champ of action flicks is Jason Statham. Statham’s movies are so vulgar, the vio-

lence so ridiculously over-the-top, that I just sit there, mouth agape, wondering what combination of alcohol, crystal meth and presumably some form of fish paralyzer the writers were on when they came up with some of this stuff. Which brings us to “Crank 2: High Voltage,” the super-charged sequel to 2006’s “Crank.” The film begins where the previous movie ended, with Chev Chelios (Statham) falling out of a helicopter to his death. Or so we were led to believe. Chelios wakes up to find himself surrounded by Chinese doctors, and they’re performing open-heart surgery on him -- while he watches! The Chinese surgeon puts out a cigarette on Chev’s heart and then installs an artificial heart runs on power supplied by a battery belt. When Chev wakes up again, he finds out that the Chinese gangster buddies of the dude he killed in the first movie are plan-

ning to harvest his organs; so Chev escapes and goes on the hunt to find his heart. Problem is, he needs to keep the batteries charged or his artificial heart will stop. “Important Things With Demetri Martin” Season One -- This is one of the more entertaining shows to come out of Comedy Central in a long time. Using a mix of stand-up and sketches, Demetri Martin uses his gentle, silly and almost child-like view of the world to tackle such Universal Themes as ... chairs and games and other stuff. “The Office” Season 5 -- “The Office” is one of those shows (like “30 Rock”) that I never watch when it’s on the TV. I wait till the entire season comes out and then hunker down for a weekend and watch the entire season in one go. So, I can’t tell you about this set because I haven’t seen it yet.

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No spoilers, people! TV SERIES “Parks & Recreation” Season One “Fringe” The Complete First Season “Worst Week” The Complete Series “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” The Complete First Season “Criminal Minds” The Complete Fourth Season “Harper’s Island” The DVD Edition “Mr. Belvedere” Season Three “One Foot in the Grave” The Complete Series (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.


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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You still might want to do more investigating before taking on a new commitment. Later would not be the time to try to fill in any crucial gaps in what you need to know about it.

1. Channel Islands 2. St. Bernard 3. Fear of thunder 4. Action Man 5. Graham Greene 6. Theseus 7. The Band 8. Bats 9. The Library of Congress 10. The imitation of natural sounds by words, like “meow” or “roar.”

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SPORTS QUIZ ANSWERS 1. Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. 2. John Smiley (20 wins, 1991), Greg Maddux (20, 1992) and John Burkett (22, 1993). 3. George Blanda had 42 interceptions in 1962. 4. Ten consecutive seasons (1999-2000 through 2008-09). 5. Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy. 6. Homestead-Miami. 7. Goran Ivanisevic in 2002.

FLASH BACK ANSWERS 1. “Respect” became a hit for Franklin in 1967, but it was originally done by Otis Redding in 1965. 2. Writer and singer Carly Simon has never publicly revealed who she wrote it about, but the man’s name supposedly contains the letters “A,” “E” and “R.” 3. Grand Funk Railroad in 1973. 4. Boy George, born George Alan O’Dowd. He’ll be wearing an ankle bracelet for a while. 5. They took the names of the bands Hollywood Rose and L.A. Guns when members of the two groups combined into one. 6. R&B group BLACKstreet, on its 1994 debut album of the same name. The album also included “Booti Call” and “No Diggity.”

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Changing your mind doesn’t come easily for Lambs, who place a high value on commitment. But new facts could emerge that might persuade you to rethink your situation. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) This is a good time to put that fine Bovine’s eye for beauty to work in redecorating your home or workplace. And don’t forget to indulge yourself in some personal time as well. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your sense of loyalty to someone who asks for your help is commendable. But make sure there are no information gaps that should be filled in before you move too far too quickly. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Don’t let difficult people raise the Crab’s ire levels this week. Avoid them if you can. If not, resist telling them off, even if you think they deserve it. Things improve by week’s end. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your suspicions about a colleague might be on the mark. But you also could be misreading the signals you believe you’re getting. Do some discreet checking before jumping to conclusions. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Take some time out from your many tasks and see if someone might be trying to reach out to you. You could be surprised to learn who it is and why you might want to reciprocate.

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SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A new opportunity should be carefully studied. It might offer some of the things you’ve been looking for. Or it could contain new possibilities you never considered. Check it out. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) You might have to work harder this week to get people to listen to what you have to say. But if you stay with it, you could start to get your message out to many by the week’s end. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Although family matters again take up a big chunk of the Goat’s time, the week also offers a chance to explore a new career move you’d been contemplating for a while. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Applying your practicality (what does it offer me?) and your creativity (how can I improve on it?) could provide sound reasons for seriously considering that new offer. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) The single set will find that keeping their romantic aspirations on high gives Cupid a better target to aim at. Paired Pisces will find that this week helps reinforce their relationships. BORN THIS WEEK: You believe in encouraging others to demand the best from themselves. You would be a fine sports coach, as well as an enlightened teacher.

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abor Day is upon us. We honor the contributions of working men and women — in other words, people just like you. Of course, it doesn’t have to be Labor Day for you to be aware that you work hard for your money — and you’d like to know that your money is working just as hard for you.

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How can you keep your money employed? Consider these suggestions: Keep your money working for the future. The financial markets have been through some difficult times over the past two years. As a result, many people pulled money from their investments and stuck it in savings accounts — some of which paid around one percent interest — or Treasury securities —, which may have paid even less. While the need to feel “secure” is understandable, it can also be detrimental to long-term financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. To help achieve these goals, try to own an array of quality investments that are appropriate for your specific objectives, risk tolerance and time horizon.

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Have your money work for you — not your creditors. Too much debt — specifically, too much of the wrong types of debt — is both a cause and a consequence of the economic malaise we’ve experienced. Try to reduce or consolidate your debts. For example, despite all the talk about a “credit freeze,” many reputable lenders are eager to help qualified borrowers refinance their mortgages. And since mortgage rates are still low, a refinance could free up hundreds of dollars per month for you — money that you could put to work investing for your long-term goals. Make it easier for your money to work harder. By making these moves, you can help your money work harder for you. For starters, defer enough of your salary into your 401(k) or other employersponsored retirement plan to earn the employer’s match, if one is offered. Here’s another step to consider: Reinvest any dividends you may receive from your investments back into those investments. You probably won’t miss the money because you never actually had it in your pocket, and by automatically reinvesting dividends, you’ll increase the number of shares you own. Labor Day can be an enjoyable respite for you — but try not to let your money take a day off. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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ne consequence of the fact that some residents of El Paso County are originally from out of state is that many believe that probate is to be avoided at all costs, as being time-consuming and extremely expensive. Many then expend a great deal of money on elaborate estate planning devices in order to avoid probate. However, unless one is among the very small percentage of individuals with a fairly large estate, such devices may be, from a purely practical point of view, unnecessary, and may in fact cost more than the actual costs of probating an estate under a standard will or will and trust arrangement. In Colorado, probate may be either formal or informal. If a decedent has executed a formal, “selfproved” will, their estate may be probated through the informal process. Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statutes §15-11-504, a self-proved will is a will that includes certain acknowledgments by the testator (the person whose will it is), and affidavits of at least two witnesses, made before a notary public and certified by that notary public under his or her seal, substantially in the form set forth in that statute. If a will is drafted by and executed under the supervision of a licensed Colorado attorney, it will undoubtedly meet all the requirements necessary to be self-proving. Form wills used to not be recognized at all under Colorado law; today they are, but they are likely not to be self-proving. In addition, they are usually based upon the laws of states other than Colorado, and may not meet Colorado statutory requirements. If an individual does not wish to retain an attorney to draft a self-proved will, a fully-handwritten, properly executed and witnessed “holographic” will may actually be a better alternative

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gible homeowners have had any relief. Part of the blame for the poor showing in modifying those millions of eligible loans falls on the homeowners. Delays in taking action, wishful thinking, lack of knowledge about the programs and frustration over the many required steps have kept too many homeowners from applying. Here are some of the requirements: • Your existing loan must have been taken out prior to January 1, 2009. • You could be eligible for loan modification if your mortgage payment (including principal, interest, taxes, insurance and homeowner’s association dues) is more than 31 percent of your gross monthly income. • You must live in the home as your principal place of residence. • You must pass a hardship test and indicate why you need help. You’ll next need to complete a Trial Modification: prove that you can make the new reduced payments for three months. If you’re in default or bankruptcy, or even if foreclosure has been started, you likely can

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Informal probate can be handled by most educated, reasonably intelligent individuals themselves, using forms and instructions available at the website of the Colorado State Judicial Branch, http://www.courts. state.co.us/, avoiding any attorney’s fees or any costs other than the filing fees with the probate court for the county in which the decedent was resident at the time of his death. Currently, the filing fee is only $149.00, with an additional fee of $15.00 for lodging the original will with the court. Unlike other states, the State of Colorado does not charge a percentage of the total value of the probate estate as its fee. In addition, for certain “small estates”, the fee can be even lower. In informal probate, the will is lodged with the probate court, together with an original, certified copy of the death certificate of the decedent. A petition form for Informal Probate and Appointment of Personal Representative is filled out and filed, together with form “orders” granting the informal probate and appointing the personal representative and renunciations by any other individuals with a legal claim to be named personal representative, and Letters Testamentary are issued authorizing the personal representative to act on behalf of the decedent’s estate. After that, once the estate has been distributed and its creditors notified and satisfied, forms are completed and filed to close the estate. If the decedent left no formal, “self-proved” will, formal testacy proceedings (“formal probate”) may be necessary to determine whether the decedent did in fact leave a legally valid will. Formal testacy proceedings are a type of litigation, and can be extremely difficult to prosecute without the assistance of an attorney, with the consequent legal fees for that assistance. This is intended as only an extremely brief overview, in order to correct misconceptions that probate in Colorado is something to be feared and avoided at all costs. The actual factual circumstances of any individual’s circumstances may differ from the norm, and this information may not necessarily be applicable to any given individual in particular. Please consult your attorney regarding your particular situation. This article is not intended to offer legal advice, but for general informational purposes only. For additional information contact, Lisa Welch Stevens, Attorney at Law P.C. Representing Colorado Businesses and Business Owners 719.488.9395

be helped, as the foreclosure will be suspended during the trial modification. For more information, go online to the Making Home Affordable site [makinghomeaffordable.gov]. It also has a list of mortgage servicers for the Home Affordable Modification program. Check to see if yours is on the list. If you need help, it’s there. The process can be irritating and long, but in the end you could keep your house and enjoy a stable interest rate. If you’ve missed one or more payments, but don’t qualify for HAMP, you can talk for free to a HUD counselor at 1-888-995-HOPE (4673) to explore your other options. If a company insists that you pay a fee for loan modification counseling, it could be a scam. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.


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How to Get a Low Home Loan Rate Monitor your Credit Score The best rates go to borrowers with FICO Credit Scores of 720 or higher, who have been with the same employer for at least two years, and have money for a down payment. For example, if a $100,000 30 year loan costs a consumer with a 750 to 850 FICO Score only 4.77% and $523 per month, a consumer with a 620 to 639 FICO Score will pay 6.36%

and $623 per month for the exact same loan. The reason for the difference in payment amount is that a consumer with a 780 FICO Score has the odds of 576 to 1 that they will become 90 days delinquent on their loan, and a consumer with a 585 FICO Score has the odds of 2 to 1 that they will become 90 days delinquent. If your credit rating is low, work to raise your credit score before applying for a loan.

Comparing Apples to Apples ALWAYS get a Good Faith Estimate from the lenders you are interviewing. Application fees, processing fees, etc. have to be disclosed on this document. One lender may give you a better rate, but charge points and fees that

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make your payment higher than another lender who charges a higher rate. To Pay Points, or Not to Pay Points? Paying an origination fee or points upfront can result in a lower mortgage rate. However, you'd still need to do the math to see if it's worth it in the long term. If you don't plan on staying in the house for more than a few years, paying points might end up costing you. Provide a Down Payment With a higher down payment, of course you end up borrowing less money. For those who want to keep their debt low, why not add an extra several thousand dollars to your down payment? It will save you quite a lot of money in interest fees over the life of your mortgage. For further information, please feel free to call Robyn Graham at Keller Williams Real Estate 719-216-4421 or email Homes@RobynGraham.com


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