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Wheat Ridge’s First Solar-Powered Historic Landmark? n By

J. Patrick O’Leary


ast month Fruitdale School Lofts earned the distinction of being the first solar-powered historic landmark in Wheat Ridge. However, it still looks like the Temple Buell-designed Fruitdale School, only with an array of solar panels planted in the property’s backyard. The rest of the new technology is hidden on the roof, in the walls, and in the residences. With rough framing complete and mechanical systems installed, work crews are installing drywall in the interior and restoring the exterior brickwork and windows, in time for residents to move in this fall. On May 16 the building’s 124-kilowatt solar power system was providing 100 percent of the power for the remaining renovation efforts, according to Sara Spaulding, Wheat Ridge public information officer. It will provide approximately 80 percent of the energy needs of the future residents of the property’s 16 affordable apartments, reducing their cost of living. Continued on page 6

KEVIN’S UNIQUE SCULPTURES grace the front and backyard gardens of Diane and Kevin Robb. Their home was a popular stop on the 2016 Wheat Ridge Garden tour. Due to the historic hailstorm in May, this year’s tour has been cancelled. Save the date for the 2018 tour, July 7, 2018. PHOTO: SCOTT WESLEY

Preparing For Placemaking Along The G Line n By


Elisabeth Monaghan

his past November, Wheat Ridge residents voted to approve 2E, a measure that increases the city’s sales tax rate by one-half of one cent. The funds from the increase will go towards “placemaking” efforts. The concept of placemaking has grown in popularity – especially in the Denver metro area and surrounding cities, where people from all over the country are relocating. For established residents of smaller communities, the introduction of newcomers to the area can be challenging. The “transplants” may have discovered the appeal of these charming neighborhoods, but they don’t know much about the history that helped establish these communities. Placemaking may seem to some like an overused buzzword, but when placemaking efforts are successful, people feel a greater sense of cultural connection and unity; regardless of how long they have lived in the neighborhood. In the March issue of the Neighborhood Gazette, Wheat Ridge Mayor Joyce Jay offered an explanation of placemaking and how it applies to Wheat Ridge: “Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning design and management of public spaces. It capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration and potential, to create public spaces that promote the health, happiness and wellbeing of those living and working there. In other words, placemaking focuses on creating spaces for people, not just for shopping or cars…. Placemaking allows us to pay attention to what defines Wheat Ridge, our history, our culture, even the physical outdoor spaces that define our city and support our continuing evolution.” Before placemaking worked its way into city planning vernacular, RTD had created its own version of the concept, using art to

create a greater sense of community. With its Art in Transit program, RTD has placed murals, sculptures, and other traditional and nontraditional works at its stations, created by artists from around the world. According to Nate Currey, senior manager, public relations for RTD, Art in Transit was the brainchild of Brenda Tierney, a former RTD employee, who worked there for just over two decades. Currey explains that by using her foresight and resourcefulness, Tierney single-handedly found a way to

budget for art at each of the stations. “We have no mandate, we have no board guidelines as far as art goes at any of our stations, and we don’t have any official funding sources, so what Tierney did was identify funds available at the end of each project,” said Currey. According to Currey, Tierney and her staff fought hard to set money aside for public art. When there was contingency money at the end of a project, Tierney would lobby to use it to fund art at that specific

station. The response from the public was so overwhelmingly positive RTD embraced the idea of creating the Art in Transit program. Today, the funding piece remains specific to each station and depends upon how much money is available at the end of that project, but it is a given there will be art of some kind at the station. While the Art in Transit pieces at each light rail station are visually compelling, it is Continued on page 2


Five Fridges Farm At Home and Away n By

Nancy Hahn


oats from Five Fridges Farm in Wheat Ridge are working away from their farm this month. On June 3, eight male goats were walked on leashes from the farm, at 11100 W. 38th Ave., to Lewis Meadows Park, at Union Street and 32nd Avenue. Why only male goats? A mixed group of males and females can cause the males to get a little rowdy. If the group is only males, they are all contented co-workers. The goats were led to a one-acre fenced area in the park. The fence was provided by Wheat Ridge Parks, Forestry, and Open Space; who have worked with Five Fridges for four years on similar projects. Inside the fence, there are two portable goat houses and lots of fresh water. The goat houses provide, both, a place to sleep and shade from the sun. The goats were provided with the houses and water, but their food will be only what the field provides. After the goats arrived, neighbors and other goat-lovers had a chance to meet the goats from10 a.m. to noon. Neighbors learned that goats love eating nutrition-rich weeds. Dr. Amanda Weaver, from Five GOATS FROM FIVE FRIDGES FARM will spend several Fridges Farm, explained that when goats eat the weeds, they completely weeks in a one-acre, fenced-off field in Lewis Meadows break down the seed pod. It will not have any chance to grow. With Park, eating invasive weeds and trimming the grass, horses, for example, the seeds can pass through the horse’s body

then fertilizing the soil with their droppings. PHOTO: SARA SPALDING

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without damage and then grow. Goats will graze and poop, fertilizing the ground. The goats will spend several weeks in the oneacre fenced off area of the park, cleaning up invasive weeds and trimming the grass. Rather than tall grass up to several feet, the goats trim it to about four inches. After the goats worked for 10 days, the difference was already quite noticeable. The goats are very popular with the neighbors around Lewis Meadows. Many visitors stop by each day to visit and watch the goats. Children, especially, love to talk to them and pull up some weeds from outside the fence to toss to them. The goats are not only popular with children, though. A number of neighbors have begun taking a walk to visit the goats each day. “It just gives you a good feeling. It reminds you of the country and less complicated times,” said one gentleman-neighbor. Putting the goats to work in the community is one possible solution to problems of invasive weeds or overgrown areas that are difficult to mow. Dr. Weaver, also, wanted to demonstrate a solution that doesn’t involve chemical weed killers that can be so damaging to the environment. Previously, the goats had cleaned up areas along 38th Avenue. Margaret Paget, Forestry and Open Spaces Supervisor of Wheat Ridge and Dr. Amanda Weaver, CU Denver senior instructor of Urban Geography, also, an instructor at the University of Denver with a doctorate in urban economic agriculture geography, discussed the problem. Many roadside spaces on 38th Avenue were full of weeds but very difficult to mow. Dr. Weaver was uncomfortable with the idea of dangerous chemical weed-killers so close to her farm. Supervisor Paget and Dr. Weaver developed the idea of using the goats. The goats loved eating the weeds, so everyone

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their backstories that make them especially compelling. As part of the process (and an important component of placemaking), RTD assembles members of the community to participate in judging and selecting which artwork will be placed at their neighborhood stations. Consequently, artists make a point of learning about the communities where their art will be displayed. As Wheat Ridge prepares for the eventual

benefitted. Last summer, goats were used to remove weeds from some of the grassy areas around the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center at 4005 Kipling St., also. The goats are not the only group at Five Fridges that works outside the farm. Also, hard at work for both Five Fridges and the surrounding area are 150,000 new honey bees. The farm has always had bees, not only for their honey but for their importance as pollinators. The Butterfly Pavilion, this spring joined with Five Fridges to insure that the whole area has a healthy bee population. Bees are so very necessary as pollinators. The Butterfly Pavilion contributed the bees and 23 new beehives. The population of bees will increase by 10 times once it is established. Experts from the Butterfly Pavilion will care for the hives. The Butterfly Pavilion initiated this project as part of PACE, Pollinator Awareness through Conservation and Education. The goal is teach the importance of pollinators and to support pollinator habitats all across Colorado. Not only does Five Fridges Farm share its workers with the community. It, also, invites the community in. Five Fridges Farm is a working urban farm in Wheat Ridge with chickens, turkeys, beehives, fields of vegetables growing, and goats. Many members of the community enjoy classes, tastings, and demonstration at the farm. The farm sells many fresh food products produced there including eggs, honey, and fresh vegetables. There are, also, Thanksgiving turkeys and other meat products. Milk, cheese, and yogurt from the goats are available, too. In addition, Dr. Weaver sees the farm as an education for her students, too. For Dr. Weaver, the farm is a real-life way for students to connect their studies to actual urban agriculture. Five Fridges is a working urban farm, a classroom, and a laboratory. Find out more on the Five Fridges Farm Facebook page or visit www.5fridgesfarm. com.

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The timing of this storm presented a particular challenge with the departure n May 8, baseball-sized hail came out of one of the permit technicians just the of the sky smashing down on homes, week prior. Permit technicians are specially businesses, cars, trees and anything in its trained on software proprietary to the City path that was unprotected. If you were and code regulations so getting additional outside, you had to run for cover, with no staff up to speed quickly became a priority. time to pull in plants or move vehicles. Contract inspectors were also brought on People sitting inside watched helplessly as to handle the demand for roof inspections. skylights and windows broke, and as car Once the numbering system was established, processing of re-roofing permits became windshields took the brunt of the storm. more streamlined enabling Today the sounds of tapping contractors to get permit hammers can be heard all over applications more quickly. The Wheat Ridge as roof after roof online application process, is replaced. Severely cracked car which had been suspended windshields are being replaced shortly after the storm to along with broken windows. How manage the volume, was big was the storm? Estimates reinstated helping to decrease are still coming in because the in-person wait times for damage was so widespread and residents seeking other types of significant. building permits. I appreciate The City does expect that the patience of our citizens the financial estimates of the and contractors, as well as the damage will exceed those from Joyce Jay resilience of our community as the 2009 storm. Thousands of homes and commercial buildings, including we recover from the damage wrought by this many belonging to the City, had damage to storm together. There has been speculation throughout siding, roofs, windows, and skylights. The City has insurance through the Colorado the city about “all that new permit Risk Sharing Agency (CIRSA) and will pay revenue” being generated from the a $10,000 deductible for all the damages storm. The reality is we do not yet have all we experienced to city facilities, vehicles, the expense impact of new staffing to meet and more. The insurance company is still the demand for permits. Additionally, last week Walmart announced they will calculating the total financial impact. The demand for re-roofing permits has be leaving the Applewood Shopping been significant. Last year in the entire Center location as they consolidate stores month of May, the city processed 114 nationwide. The Walmart store closure has building permits. Compare that number a significant impact on our sales tax revenue to just two days in May when the Building and will require revaluation of the City’s Division processed 144 permits. The volume budget for 2017. While the closing date in of permit applications had contractors mid-July was a surprise, we will work with lining up as early as 5 a.m. On some days, the leaseholder on securing another tenant the capacity for applications was already for that space. We also feel very optimistic met by 7 a.m. in order for those permits to Continued on page 5 be processed by the end of the day. n By

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or years Wheat Ridge has been a prideful community that has served its residents well. It’s not the hottest place on the market to live, but it does set up nicely for people who want a relaxed city to call home. I was born and raised within the landlocked lines of Wheat Ridge for most of my life. The schools groomed me into the person I am today. Growing up I even played sports for the local teams, so I learned quickly how to bleed blue and gold. My current job is located in the heart of Wheat Ridge, so this city is a large part of who I am. Just like anywhere, location plays a big role in the lifestyle of the residents of Wheat Ridge. The city has been a pit stop for the Rocky Mountains and Denver since its origin in the late 1850s. This is a common characteristic of a lot of cities inside of Jefferson County; hence its nickname “Gateway to the Rockies.” This is important to me because it helps me gauge possible interests people may have when they decide to live here. If you want to go reap the benefits of our beautiful mountains, jump on I-70. Or if you like to go enjoy a Rockies game or anything that Denver has to offer, you can do that too. It’s a perfect way to stay in between the Venn diagram of downtown life and nature. Education serves as a big factor for many prospective residents; location helps too. Even though there is a good selection of schools within the city, parents can send their kids to other cities’ schools without commuting being a huge hassle. I know I can speak firmly and confidently that Wheat Ridge High School offers a valuable educational experience. It did for me. Teachers and administrators

work with remarkable devotion and care, and the school instills a sense of pride that is unique to Wheat Ridge. I don’t want to neglect the school’s athletic department, which also thrives. No matter what sport a student chooses to play, they will be coached with sportsmanship and that familiar pride. I am not saying that Wheat Ridge triumphs its neighboring cities in any way. I just think it is important to acknowledge something when it is working. We are fortunate to have a low crime area, diverse and not dense population, and enterprising local businesses, all while staying below that of the most trending places to live. Granted, all of these things are subject to change if Colorado keeps booming, but for now, from my perspective, Wheat Ridge can stay just the way it is. Alexander Rea is a graduate of Wheat Ridge High School, and the former Editorin-Chief of its student publication, The Haystack

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about development projects at Clear Creek Crossing, West End at 38 and The Corners; but need to move forward cautiously with any expenditures not already planned for this year’s budget. With that in mind, City staff will continue to be good financial stewards carefully reviewing the budget and making adjustments as needed for 2017 and 2018. So, before the City makes any plans to loosen up cash received from this destructive storm, we are tightening our belt and fiscal responsibility will remain the focus. Contact Wheat Ridge Mayor Joyce Jay at 303-420-8533 or jjay@ci.wheatridge.

afford this storm had the resources they needed to weather it. This kind of generosity and willingness to help neighbors recover n any given day at Lutheran Medical from the storm was echoed in countless Center you can hear angelic chimes stories I have heard in the weeks following accompany the delivery of a new arrival, but this storm. on May 8 these chimes were drowned out One lesson I learned from this storm is by the sound of breaking glass and thunder the story of the Good Samaritan. caused by the worst hailstorm in The parable of the Good Wheat Ridge history. In case you Samaritan is more a story about missed it, the May 8 hailstorm breaking boundaries than it is caused more than $1.4 billion about doing good. Too often in damage across a 240-squarewe focus on the “good” aspect mile area after a five-mile-wide of the story and less about the hail swath traveled over 48 miles “Samaritan” aspect. If there is from Evergreen to Hudson, one thing a hailstorm is good for, striking every structure and it is breaking down boundaries. vehicle with at least 1.50-inch The indiscriminate nature of diameter hail or larger. hail is such that it doesn’t ask The epicenter of this storm you if you are unaffiliated, Zachary Urban was Wheat Ridge and more Republican or Democrat; it specifically, the Lutheran doesn’t care who you voted for, or what Medical Center Campus (LMC). A trained your attitude, beliefs, creed, or status in weather service spotter reported a 2.75life may be. Hail is an equal opportunity inch hailstone at LMC. This was recorded as destroyer. Hail is the great equalizer, it is an the largest hailstone of what is now known opportunity for us all to recognize that we as the most catastrophic storm in state are all in this together, and while we have history. Among the damages caused by this our differences, we also have our shared storm was the destruction of several panes struggles. The feeling of helplessness we all of the stained glass windows on the west felt as we watched this storm tear apart our side of the Chapel of the Good Samaritan at homes and our community, was a collective Lutheran. In addition to this damage, there feeling. The recovery from this storm will be were hundreds of cars which had windows an opportunity for us all to recognize that smashed by the storm. what connects is more important than what In response to this storm Mr. John divides. The parable of the Good Samaritan Bandimere and LMC CEO, Mr. Grant starts by asking a simple question, Who is Wicklund came together with employees my neighbor? This is a great opportunity to of Lutheran to raise more than $20,000 find out. to offer fellow employees assistance in Zachary Urban can be reached at 720recovering from this storm. This effort was 252-5930 or to make sure those staff who could least n By

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“As a Solar*Rewards program participant, Fruitdale School Partners will receive production-based incentive payments each month from Xcel Energy for all the production generated by the solar system for 20 years,” according to Kristin Gaspar, Xcel Energy solar programs manager. “These incentive payments will be used to help residents reduce their utility costs.” But that’s four or five months away. By late May the smell of framing lumber filled the air as the “rough-in” stage came to a close. Framers had installed the wooden skeletons of new walls, doorways and ceilings. Electricians had snaked wire to outlets, fixtures and switches. The heating and cooling systems were installed, as were new fire sprinkler systems, now hidden in the ceilings. Finish work remains, and graffiti still adorns the existing hallways; it will be gone before completion, set for September or October. Drywalling was expected to take another month, followed by installation of cabinets, countertops, toilets, flooring and the myriad fixtures and finishes to make schoolrooms into homes. The integration of the renewable energy

system with the 19th-century landmark on the National Register of Historic Places required a coordinated team effort between Xcel Energy, Sunsense Solar, Palace Construction, Fruitdale School Partners and the National Park Service, said Spaulding. The balancing act is to incorporate new features – including a charging station for electric vehicles – while preserving historic interior features, such as huge operable windows, high ceilings, chalkboards and basketball hoops from the prior school. The appearance from the road won’t change much, but the roof, backyard and interior will. Josh Jones of Team Heating and Air Conditioning pointed out the hardware installed in the rough-framed rooms: compact heating and cooling units wedged between walls and ceilings, with metal piping circulating coolant between them and the rooftop units. “These are more efficient heating and cooling units, all electric,” said Jones. “It took a lot of coordinating with the other trades.” Chilling engineers had to work out airflow, equipment had to be moved into the building, and additional bracing was needed for the rooftop units. Solar-generated electricity powers rooftop pumps and condensers, which cools or heats fluid and sends it through piping to each room’s heating and cooling fixtures. However, Jones explained, the rooftop condensers will not work below zero, so

electric baseboard heaters are installed in each room to provide auxiliary heat on cold days. “We’re almost done with rough-in, and we’ll be back for start-up, balancing airflow and final work the last few weeks in August,” said Jones. “We should be able to run entirely off solar.” Traditional forced-air heating and cooling has been installed in the corridors; although its rooftop air conditioning units will be electric, its furnace will use gas. There’s more to it than just adding hightech, solar and green. Denver’s Building Restoration Specialties, Inc. (BRS) is tasked with the brick-by-brick restoration of the landmark’s masonry, as well as the two original entrance signs. BRS President Rhonda Maas said the original signs had been painted over, and holes for anchor bolts had been drilled through them, and patching and paint removal lies ahead for proper restoration. Most of the brickwork on the exterior east wall has been restored by BRS, whose previous restoration projects include Wheat Ridge’s Baugh House and Richards-Hart Estate historic properties. “We had to cut out [damaged] brick units and replace with like kind,” said Maas. “Modern brick won’t fit – it’s smaller,” so BRS is using the bricks it salvaged from the new passages it cut through old interior walls. New mortar is used, tested to match the existing color.

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.E.O. is one of the oldest women’s organizations in North America. According to Chapter President Kris Call and Sister Rhonda Johannes, two members of one of the chapters in Wheat Ridge, several women at Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, were not accepted into a sorority and decided to form their own “sisterhood.” They decided that their sisterhood would work to support women in higher education. This was not an easy feat in post-civil war America, but they decided that they should be, according to Call and Johannes, a group of “Women helping Women Reach for the Stars.” Since it’s start, P.E.O. has become one of the largest nonsectarian, community-based organizations in the U.S. and Canada, with nearly 6,000 chapters and almost 250,000 members. P.E.O. has chapters in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and in six Canadian provinces. It was kind of a secret sisterhood that evolved to become broader and more diverse. “It is not that big of a secret anymore,” Call said. Yet some of the secrets still remain for members only, including the true meaning of the initials, P.E.O. On their website and in their brochure, the initials stand for Philanthropic Educational Organization, but the website hints that there is also another meaning for P.E.O. that is known only to members. The mission of P.E.O. is as follows: P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations. As a philanthropic organization, P.E.O. has given over $304 million in financial assistance to more than

102,000 women. P.E.O. supports six philanthropic efforts: 1. Cottey College, a liberal arts and sciences college for women offering baccalaureate and associate degree programs, leadership opportunities, arts and athletics. It is located in Nevada, Mo., and is the only nonsectarian college in the country that is completely owned and supported by women. P.E.O. has run Cottey College since 1927. 2. Educational Loan Fund (ELF), a revolving loan fund to loan money to assist women in obtaining a college degree. The loan can be for up to $9,000 and is offered at 2.5 percent interest. There have been loans totaling more than $185.8 million since 1907. 3. International Peace Scholarship Fund (IPS), which provides funds for international women students to pursue graduate studies in the U.S. and Canada. There have been $36 million in scholarships given since 1949. 4. Program for Continuing Education (PCE), which provides need-based grants to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to better support themselves and their families. There have been $52.6 million in scholarships given since 1973. 5. Scholar Awards (PSA), which provide substantial, merit-based awards for women who are pursuing a doctorate at an accredited university. There have been $23 million in scholarships given since 1991. 6. STAR Scholarship (STAR), which provides scholarships for exceptional high school senior women that will enroll at an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the next academic year. There have been $6.6 million in scholarships given since 2009. It is unique for a service or philanthropic organization to run its own college. Virginia

Alice Cottey founded the College in 1884 with the firm belief that women deserved the same quality of education as men. She bequeathed the College to the P.E.O. Sisterhood in 1927. Currently, Cottey’s residential student population of 350 women typically represents 40 states, Canada and 26 countries. At one time in its history, the college was referred to as “The College of World Friendship.” A sophomore trip to a European country with expenses covered by the College has been a hallmark of a Cottey education for 18 years. A variety of international internships and study abroad opportunities are also available to Cottey students. P.E.O. has run the college for 90 years and the college has received a number of awards for excellence. Notably, U.S. News & World Report announced that Cottey College is nationally ranked in its annual 2017 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings. Cottey is listed at 22nd in Midwest Regional Colleges, representing 11 Midwestern states. Cottey is one of only two women’s colleges listed in the Midwest rankings. Members of P.E.O. refer to each other as sisters, emphasizing the importance placed upon fellowship and being part of a community. Membership in P.E.O. is by invitation in order to offer potential members the opportunity to learn the significance of being part of a sisterhood that affirms their belief in God and in working together for the general improvement of themselves and society. Before receiving an invitation to join,


a woman must be sponsored by three members in a chapter. The sponsorship process includes getting to know each other and how the purpose of P.E.O. requires personal commitment and responsibilities. A potential member is encouraged to make a decision to join based on what she has learned about the local chapter and its members and about the broader, international scope of the organization. P.E.O. does not discriminate against any woman based on age, ethnicity, religion or education. The sisterhood is based on friendship and mutual respect. They meet to support each other, for the common and uniting purpose of assisting women to reach their educational goals and, of course, to have fun. According to Call and Johannes, each chapter has a variety of ages, from 18 years on up. There are lots of mothers and daughters and some chapters have four generations from the same family. The Wheat Ridge Chapter EF has 32 members and 15 meetings per year, of which three are completely social events. The other meetings are a combination of social and business. The chapters are purposefully kept small to allow members to meet in each other’s homes, usually around supper, brunch or dessert meals. (And, yes, in my mind, dessert is a meal!) If you would like more information or to attend a function, you may contact two delightful people: President Kris Call at or Rhonda Johannes at

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“The purpose of the meeting today is to provide information regarding possible sewer, sidewalk and street infrastructure projects,” stated Mayor Jeff Kiddie in his welcome to approximately 20 residents during his bimonthly Mayoral Meet and Greet on Saturday, June 3. “We want to get out in front of these future projects so residents know the details.” The Meet and Greet was defined by a panel presentation, community commentary and opportunity for questions. Two current comprehensive engineering assessments, prepared by RG & Associates, LLC and the introduction of possible project funding sources were the topics initiated by Mayor Kiddie, David Boles, project engineer from RG & Associates, Chuck Reid, town administrative consultant, and John Pughes, public works director. The first presentation reviewed the Streets, Curbs & Gutter Storm Assessment project report. Report findings indicate several sites in the community where the clay sewer lines necessitate replacement. Spot repairs that will require further examination are anticipated. The Sidewalks Assessment project report notes a number of problematic cracked and raised sidewalk, and ramp locations within the community. An arborist was consulted to determine how to best deal with the mature trees that are growing along the sidewalks in the cited locations. Next, panelist spoke about necessary street improvement which included attention to the curbs and gutters. Sections of the community will require either overlay repair or total repaving. Information was conveyed regarding the repair and maintenance of 44th Avenue. The foreseen two-week project, tentatively scheduled for September or October, establishes resolution and partnership with Wheat Ridge, Lakeside and Mountain View for both the infrastructure undertaking and funding. The panelist concluded with a review of the timeline and funding options for these infrastructure projects. The infrastructure timeline will be established in 1- to 3-year, 3- to 6-year, and 6- to 10-year increments. Although funding resources have not been directed at this time, Mountain View funds, local and state low-interest loans, and available community grant programs will be investigated. In closing, Mayor Kiddie emphasized, “We want these projects to be affordable to all. When we know the exact timeline, cost, and funding for these projects, we will inform the residents at another meeting.”

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Little Free Library Open for Exchange On May 15, the Mountain View Little Free Library was installed and registered. Tucked on the north corner of the Town Hall building, the red-and-black, two-shelf unit is distinguished with a decorative lady bug on its door. Thanks to advance donations from generous readers, the shelves are stocked with books for readers of all ages. Bestselling titles, popular fiction and nonfiction, mysteries and thrillers, collections and Western classics are featured titles. Books appropriate for emergent, young and adolescent readers are also available for trade. Initial response to the Lady Bug Library is positive with evidence of recurrent trades and continued book donations from residents. To find a new summer read, check out the Lady Bug Library at the Town Hall, 4176 Benton St. The Mountain View Ladybug Library now can be viewed geographically on the Little Free Library website world map at

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SCHOOL CROSSING What Would it Take? revenue to fund GT: literacy; reading and many other programs; staffing, and even basic renovations to the inside of the school. ife lessons come in all different forms. Right now projections show an increase This one happened as I sat in the gym of only 12 students in the next five years. This of a local elementary school completely has been the trend over the last 10 years (a filled with parents, teachers and staff with loss of 149 students). Just as families around everyone focused on the many acts up Jeffco shop for the best school choices for their front. Next to me was Michelle Williams, a students, many Wheat Ridge families have science and math teacher and my unofficial enrolled their kids in neighboring visitor guide, explaining how the high schools. Forty-one percent enrichment program worked. A of students that should be at group of dancers being lead by WRHS have chosen to attend a representative from Colorado elsewhere, with the entire district Ballet was next. They were losing the enrollment battle to followed by students acting charter schools. Next year, 84.8 out a play they had written percent of enrollment growth in themselves. For the past year, the Wheat Ridge district will be this school has partnered with in charter schools. North Denver outside organizations to come in families that have traditionally and hold enrichment programs sent their kids to Sheridan are in conjunction with the existing Guy Nahmiach now choosing to stay where they curriculum. are. Now before I continue describing this We have great teachers inside the amazing scene that left everyone speechless classrooms and amazing programs such as and amazed, I’ll tell you that I was not at STEM and STEAM, but what can Cooley do Prospect Valley or Maple Grove. I was at to bring back the community? Many would Pennington Elementary – the very school consider cosmetic improvements to be that almost closed this year and could irrelevant and shallow, but when neighboring possibly close next year – the same place towns show off their new buildings and where 62 percent of the neighborhood corporate America-styled auditoriums, it’s families choose to send their kids elsewhere. hard to compete with first impressions for This is the school that called for a community the new families moving here when most of meeting to discuss the school closing and the dollars go to infrastructure and none are had a turnout of only two parents. left for new hallways and furniture. A month ago I was convinced this was This is the conversation that takes place a lost cause. And yet, this gymnasium was at open house night when families visit packed today. Their school events have a 75 different schools. Of course, some choices percent participation rate. Not even Prospect are based on programming (GT vs IB) as Valley has that. What is going on here? I was was the case with my kids, sports, friends, wrong! Why are we closing this school? The etc., but with charter schools opening and extended day program is no longer attracting growing all around us, the decline in our families, but is tied to a federal grant. Leah neighborhood schools is a sign that families Dozeman, a parent in District Four, has been are not happy with what is going on inside. rallying others to meet and strategize on how Something has to change and denying to keep Pennington open well beyond next that need is foolish. What exactly are parents year. She spends her time knocking on doors looking for? Perhaps the key is change. and asking families what it would take for Twenty-three new principals in Jeffco, and them to send their kids to Pennington. Stay of course our new superintendent Dr. Glass, tuned as this story is far from over. may be the wave of fundamental change On the other side of town, Wheat Ridge we’ve been looking for. A true engagement High is getting ready for a new leader. Josh of communities where parents role up their Cooley has been hired as the new principal. In turn, Cooley will hire his two new sleeves and get involved. Perhaps we could assistant principals and complete his team see a properly run bond initiative that would for the new school year. With a mandate help pay for a new high school at Wheat to increase enrollment, Cooley promises to Ridge. The list is long, but the time is short. get out in the community and bring back What change would it take for you to enroll the local families that have chosen to attend your kids at Wheat Ridge High? elsewhere. With almost 600 below capacity, As always, thanks for reading. Contact Guy Nahmiach at 303-999combined with a student-based budget, this 5789 or represents about $2,700,000 in additional

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Chamber Leads Group, July 6 & 20 The Wheat Ridge Chamber Leads Group meets the first and third Thursdays (July 6, and 20) of each month, 11:30 a.m. at Pietra’s Pizza, 9045 W. 44th Ave. A Leads Group, or networking group, is a group that meets regularly to create partnerships and build relationships with the members in that group, with a goal of referring

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ASK THE EXPERT Wheat Ridge Inventory Flat, Sales Numbers Soar city’s most popular inventory. Inventory in general has not increased at all, but there e’ve talked about low inventory are fewer new construction homes to buy before, and matters don’t seem to be versus homes for resale, and the number getting any better for Wheat Ridge. Sold of sales overall has increased dramatically. prices and the number of sales are up, but That would certainly indicate that demand has risen to the point that some of the resale available inventory is not on the rise. Wheat Ridge listing and sales data (from homes that are selling now are perhaps not as of May 31 – last 12 homes that would have done so well even a year ago. months vs. previous 12 months: The lion’s share of the 210 homes that • 527 homes sold – 10 percent gain sold in Wheat Ridge from Jan. • Average sales price 1 to the day this article was $379,357 – 11 percent gain written on June 13, were in the • 590 new listings – 0 $350,000 to $450,000 price percent gain range. We should be used to hearing $350,000 to $450,000 about another 10 percent-plus price range sales data, Jan. 1 price gain by now. As scary as through June 13: that sounds, it’s certainly been • 82 homes sold higher in the years right out of • Sellers on average the recession. One would think receiving 101 percent of list price that a significant gain in the • Average of 13 days on number of homes sold would Jenny Apel market before contracting signal that inventory has eased • 36 homes contracted at or over ask up a bit, and that perhaps there are more homes available for consumers to buy. price in eight days or less. (By up to $45,000 The truth of the matter is, the new listing over ask. Likely most, if not all, received inventory remained frozen at 590 for both multiple offers.) All the numbers mentioned above are time periods, but yet there was 10 percent impressive, but here are some words of more sales activity. What does it mean? New construction sales numbers haven’t wisdom: Price it right and don’t let greed changed much from the previous 12-month get the best of you! While 36 of the 82 period to the current. Prices are up, but the homes contracted at or over ask price, 46 number of new builds sold remains flat, of them did not, and in some cases, nearly and the number of new build listings has a 10 percent reduction from the original list price was required to make the deal diminished tremendously. New construction listing and sales data come together. Overpricing is common, (from as of May 31 - last and not every house sells. Once a property has been in market for a few weeks, it can 12 months vs. previous 12 months: easily be forgotten about and your chances • 24 homes sold – nine percent gain • Average sales price $677,384 – eight of achieving full market value are then greatly diminished. Don’t underprice it percent gain either! Underpricing will likely bring you • 13 new listings – 338 percent down • Accounts for only 4.6 percent of overall more offers, but did you actually achieve full sales in Wheat Ridge over the last 12 months market value? You’ll never know. There is a The average Wheat Ridge buyer, psychological barrier that a buyer generally however, is not set to purchase a nearly won’t cross when offering above ask price, $700,000 new construction home. For a even if their broker can show comparable truer picture of what the average sales price sales at that higher value. Pricing your home and price gains look like, let’s look to Wheat for what it’s actually worth and preparing it Ridge’s most commonly sold – and among to show at its very best is the only way to its most revered at Nostalgic Homes – The insure you receive full value and achieving a Rambler: a mid-century ranch style home closing, and to do that, you need a seasoned with an average of about 1,700 square feet expert, like a broker from Nostalgic Homes, to advise you. above grade. If you are a seller believing that this Mid-Century Rambler listing and sales year is your best time to make a move, data (from as of May 31 – you’re right – Make your move now! There last 12 months vs. previous 12 months: are plenty of buyers in the market for your • 256 homes sold – 18.5 percent gain home at this very moment! • Average sales price $383,113 - 11.7 Curious about the value of your home? Talk percent gain to the neighborhood experts! Invite us over for • 300 new listings - 18.6 percent gain a Free Market Analysis your home today, and • Accounts for 48.6 percent of overall put our three decades of neighborhood knowsales in Wheat Ridge over the last 12 months how service to work for you! So, while new construction certainly has Jenny Apel is a broker with Nostalgic some impact on average pricing in Wheat Homes, 3737 W. 32nd Ave., Denver; call Ridge, it has not drawn attention away 303-455-5535 or visit www.Nostalgic from, and has not had the impact of, the n By

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couple months ago, we were about half a mile from our house on our way to dinner when a strange dog ran in front of us. After we slammed on the brakes and barely missed him, Old Man Coyote turned and grinned at us. He then loped along, perfectly content to follow our car down the road. We were used to coyotes when we lived in the mountains, but this was the first we have seen since we moved back to the suburbs of Denver. Since then, we have seen a coyote running past our house on the street and, later, down by the creek that is near our house. We live in an area with lots of forest critters so it seems inevitable that coyotes and other wild animals would visit our area. This got me thinking and I thought it would be interesting to write a series of articles about these wild animals and how they visit our lives in our suburban area. Coyotes were an interesting topic for the first article, because they have shown a great penchant for living in the city. According to the book, “Coyote America,” by Dan Flores, coyotes are very adaptable and have taken quite well to city life. In fact, the largest single band of coyotes have lived comfortably in downtown Los Angeles for some years. A couple years ago, a pair of coyotes snuck into Soldier Field in Chicago and proceeded to have litter of pups. Maintenance staff have seen them and their offspring, but have been unable, so far, to catch them. Which means coyotes may be there to stay. “In twenty-first-century America, close encounters with coyotes have now become the country’s most common large-wildlife experience,” according to Flores. “Their colonization of our cities, from the smallest burgs to biggest, loudest, most frenetic of metropolises, has become the wildlife story of our time.” I guess it is no surprise that coyotes are hanging out in our area.

However, coyotes can be useful. Their favorite meals are small rodents like mice. They will even eat big rodents like rats and, if they can catch them, prairie dogs. In this sense, they do us a service by keeping down the rodent population. In fact, they have replaced wild dogs that used to hunt rodents in our cities. And, except for a rare pack in San Diego, coyotes don’t usually have or transmit rabies like feral dogs can. Although they have a reputation as surviving on small pets, science indicates that pets provide only about 1 to 2 percent of the average coyote diet. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t kill cats if they think they are predators operating in their area. In other words, they don’t want cats eating their mice. According to Stewart Breck, a biologist with the National Wildlife Research Center, coyotes didn’t really have much presence in Denver until the 1980s. But, as of 2014, there were 112 coyote packs in the Denver metro area with a summer population of 1,004 animals. A survey showed that 90 percent of Denver residents had seen a coyote in their area. While shyer coyotes may survive in rural settings, it is the bolder, more novelty-seeking wild coyotes that find the large number of humans and sensory overload exciting. They are the first to try new things and take risks and they are probably transferring those urban cultural norms to their offspring. In other words, Denver has smart coyotes. Coyotes do have a sense of play. I remember going to a meeting in Boulder a couple years ago and parking in a residential area just a few blocks from downtown. It had snowed the night before and a resident was out cleaning the snow off his car. As I walked past, a yellow streak came around the corner and jumped on top of the car and slid through the snow and down the windshield. The coyote landed on all four feet and tore off down the street and around the corner. I asked, “Is he helping you?” The man responded, “ Yea, for the second

time!” Just then, we saw the yellow streak coming back around the corner and heading straight for the car. Make that three times! It is hard to believe that we share our area with a small, wolf-like predator. But, as I learned from living in the mountains, coyotes are not that hard to live with, provided you keep them wild and at least a little nervous around you. According to Flores, the prime directive about coyotes is straight-forward: Do not feed them! To avoid the most common human conflict with coyotes, don’t let your cats or small dogs outside at night. Don’t leave infants or small children unwatched outside. Whatever you do, don’t let a streetwise coyote bluff you. Everyone in north Jeffco can help both people and coyotes by taking action to reinstill in them a healthy and natural fear of people. If your dog or your jogging or biking excites an unusual or bold reaction from a coyote, establish your dominance. If a coyote doesn’t retreat from you or acts in any way aggressive, stand tall, raise your hands over

your head to underscore the fact that you are a lot bigger than he is, and shout to show you are also aggressive. If you have a good throwing arm, pick up a couple of rocks and throw your best fastball. Give the coyote every indication that you are fully prepared to be dangerous. In other words, keep townwise coyotes thinking that people can still be dangerous, or, at least, too weird to trust. If You Encounter a Coyote: • Remain calm. Don’t turn your back or run from one. • Be really, really loud. Yell and clap your hands. • Wave your arms to look bigger. (Probably, not at the same time you are clapping them.) • Keep your pet on a six-foot leash when walking. • Pick up children and small pets, so there is no temptation for the coyote to go after them. • If the coyote keeps approaching, throw rocks and sticks.



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WHAT’S HAPPENING Cooney began his employment with the Wheat Ridge Police Department on April 1, 1979. He graduated from the police academy first in his class and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1988. In 2007, he became a Commander for the department. Over the course of his law enforcement career, Cooney received numerous letters of commendation as well as appreciation from his chain of command, other law enforcement agencies, and citizens of the Wheat Ridge community. In 2008, Cooney was the driving force in developing the SAFER program that allows the department to use data-driven strategies to accomplish operational goals. He also became the department’s Emergency Manager and worked to develop the Emergency Management Plan and integrate it into day-to-day operations.

Mark Cooney last week, Commander Mike Hendershot will assume responsibilities as the Emergency Preparedness Manager and later this year, the responsibilities of Investigations Bureau Commander. Other changes within the department include Sergeant Jamie Watson assuming duties as the Professional Standards Unit Supervisor and the promotions of Corporal Bobbi Dawkins and Detective Chris Krieger to Police Sergeant. Krieger will be assigned to Watch II and Dawkins will be assigned to Watch III. With the promotion of Krieger, Detective Justin Paugh will become a Core Property Detective.

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Join Teller Street Art Gallery on June 30 for its five-year anniversary celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to an art show, there will be food, drinks and fun!

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) launched its Summer Reading program on June 1. This year, the program has a community-wide goal of reading a collective 30 million minutes in two months. JCPL aims to create a culture of reading in Jefferson County while helping students maintain or improve their reading levels for when they return to school in the fall.

Royals Needed For Wheat Ridge Do you know a community member who has made a positive contribution through notable participation or service in Wheat Ridge? If so, consider nominating them for this year’s Count, Countess or Grand Marshal of the 48th Annual Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival, Aug. 11-13. Deadline for nominations is July 7. All nominees need to be available for public appearances during the festival: Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m. to noon, to view and judge entries during the parade on 38th Avenue; Aug. 10, 5 to 7 p.m., for the Mayor’s Reception; and Aug. 13, 7 to 8:15 p.m., for the awards presentation on the Festival Main Stage at Anderson Park.

Wheat Ridge City Council Member Monica Duran has officially declared her candidacy for the Colorado State House in District 24, the seat currently held by Rep. Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat Ridge), who on Wednesday announced her candidacy for state senate. Prior to her service on the Wheat Ridge City Council, Monica Duran was an elected member of the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection Board. Her community experience includes serving as a board member for the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, the Wheat Ridge Planning Commission as well as the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival board. Duran is also a member of the Jefferson County Latino Initiative.  Duran was a leader of the 2015 campaign to pass Wheat Ridge Issue 300. She has been a volunteer in the local Democratic Party, including the Jefferson County Democratic Latino Initiative, is active in the HD-24 Democrats and has served as a local Precinct Committee Person for the party. Duran was a member of the first graduating class of Emerge Colorado, an organization that trains Democratic women to run for office.  For more information, visit

Wheat Ridge Holds Annual Clean Up Days The Wheat Ridge Police Department and Localworks will hold three additional Clean Up Days this summer (the first was on June 3): • July 8 from 8 a.m. to noon (or until bins are full), at Glory of God Church, 12200 W. 38th Ave. • Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon (or until bins are full), at St. Peter and Paul Church, 3900 Pierce St. • Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon (or until bins are full), at Wheat Ridge Congregational Church, 6310 W. 29th Ave. For the July, August and September events, green waste including branches smaller than 4 inches in diameter and leaves will be accepted, but no grass or dirt. Additionally recycling material will be accepted. Locations for hazardous materials and electronics to be dropped off at Rooney Road, 151 S. Rooney Road in Golden (303316-6262) or SustainAbility Recycling (Electronics) 6240 W. 54th Ave. in Arvada (303-425-9226).

Wheat Ridge Police Department Commander Cooney Retires Wheat Ridge Police Department Commander Mark Cooney is retiring after 38 years with the department.

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Wheat Ridge PD Hires Lucas Hunt as Supervisor of Community Services Wheat Ridge Police Department appointed Lucas Hunt as the new supervisor for the Community Services Unit, which oversees Code Enforcement, Animal Control, Parks Enforcement, and Zoning and Development. Hunt is a 30-year veteran police officer having served with the Chandler Police Department in Arizona for most of that time. He also served as the director of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team and supervised the Code Enforcement Unit as well as the Bike Team, K-9, Narcotics and Administrative units. Hunt is a graduate of Columbia Southern University and received his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa. He attended the Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School.

RTD Launches MyRide Smart Cards RTD recently introduced MyRide smart cards, making it easy for riders to pay their fare, without having to worry about carrying exact change. Riders simply tap their MyRide card on the smart card reader on RTD’s bus and rail vehicles. Patrons paying with a MyRide card receive a discount of 25 cents per trip (or 15 cents per discounted trip). To learn more about MyRide smart cards, visit shtml.

Promotions and Reassignments at Wheat Ridge Police Department Sergeant Tracy Wardell has been promoted to Police Commander of the Wheat Ridge Police Department. Wardell will assume commander responsibilities within the Patrol Division responsible for day watch, including the department’s Crash and Traffic Team and the Crime Prevention Team, which includes School Resource Officers. He will also oversee the West Metro SWAT Team. Wardell joined the WRPD in 1992 and was promoted to sergeant in 2006. During his 25-year tenure with WRPD, Wardell has served on the SWAT Team, as a detective for the Investigations Bureau, and as a motorcycle officer and Accident Reconstructionist. He took on the role of Professional Standards Supervisor in 2013. With the retirement of Commander

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Sweet Ridge Studios Offers Summer Art Camp Summer has arrived! Come make beautiful and creative projects with us at Stevens Elementary School located right next door to Wheat Ridge Cyclery. Camp meets from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for $165. Students ages 6 to 12 are welcome. Lunch Bunch is available from noon to 1 p.m. each day for $10 a day or $45 a week. Themes change from week to week and students will use a wide range of materials including clay, painting and drawing.   For details visit


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Tuesday-Saturday 11- 9 • Sunday 12-9 • Closed Monday

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eter and Paul were two of the most famous apostles from the New Testament, and they both share the same feast day in the Christian church – June 29. That date also happens to be the anniversary of the opening of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Wheat Ridge. For the past nine years, the parish has celebrated its anniversary with an annual festival that includes a car show, live music, children’s rides, carnival games, vendors and fun for every generation. The 2017 Saints Peter and Paul Parish Festival will run from Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25. Doors open at 5 p.m. all three days, and close at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 8 p.m. on Sunday. “The parking lot transforms into a family friendly environment where kids can run around while parents can enjoy the night,” said festival co-chair Zachary Urban. One of the highlights every year is the car show. “We’re inviting all comers to come out and show off their ride,” Urban said. “We get motorcycles and bicycles – even McLarens. Being in Wheat Ridge, you never know what’s going to show up.” The musical lineup this year features local bands Struck by Lightning on Friday night, Serenade in Blue on Saturday and Wild Mountain on Sunday. “Struck by Lightning plays classic 1970s rock and roll,” Urban said. “They really draw people in. Serenade in Blue is a 13-piece swing band. They do a good job of creating a relaxed atmosphere while still giving us a big band, classic feel for a Saturday night. Wild Mountain is a great band that has a big local following. They play at Clancy’s and other places around town. It was quite a coup for us to get them.” The Facebook page for Wild Mountain describes the group as having a power folk/rock/Celtic/bluegrass sound that the members have dubbed “Rocky Mountain Greengrass music.” Admission to the festival is free, but profits raised from the vendor booths, raffle and donations exceed $14,000 each year. Proceeds go toward the parish’s school programs and various outreach efforts such the nursing home and homebound ministries. According to the church’s website, the four-acre site for Saints Peter and Paul Parish was acquired June 1, 1948. Reverend Robert G. McMahon was appointed the first pastor on June 30, 1949. The parish festival started in 2008 and attracts roughly 3,000 people every year. “The festival is a way for the parish to interface with the community,” Urban said. “The community supports the parish in a number of ways. We wanted to throw a party and have a good time with our neighborhood.” Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church is located at 3900 Pierce St. in Wheat Ridge. For more information, call 303-424-3706 or visit www.

9195 West 44th Ave. 303-423-0162, ext. 100

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7000 West 38th Ave. • (720) 456-7320 11am-2am every day

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Neighborhood Gazette – June 2017  

The June 19-July 17, 2017 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Wheat Ridge, Applewood, Mountain View & Lakeside Colorado.

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