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Festivals And Fairs Coming To Your Neighborhood ■ By

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he definition of a festival is “a celebration or an occasion for joy, often with a program of cultural events.” A fair is “a public exhibit of culture and particular achievement, often combined with entertainment and sale of products.” Lucky for our area, we have plenty of both. It is that time of year that is the best time for joy, celebration, and fun. I remember how much fun my siblings and I had with carnival rides and games, parades, music, food, and special treats when we were growing up in this area. This year, we want to remind you of several festivals or fairs that will take place in our parks and streets.

Carnation Festival The Carnation Festival is a celebration of the Wheat Ridge community since the city’s incorporation in 1969. Once designated as Carnation City, Wheat Ridge embraces its heritage through this wonderful event. Celebrating its 49th annual festival in 2018, Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival is one of the longest running festivals in Colorado. It has a Continued on page 8

KIA RUIZ POSES WITH A CHICKEN in front of the Wheaties Academy’s public art project, unveiled at the Anderson Pool building on June 12. Chickens and goats were themes suggested by the community to be included in the mural. PHOTO COURTESY WHEATIES ACADEMY.

Diverging Diamonds, W Line, Greenway and Wadsworth Widening ■ By


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emember when roundabouts were the latest answer to ever-increasing traffic congestion on Colorado highways? Despite some misgivings, they seem to be an accepted part of traffic engineering, even in big box store parking lots. Get ready for diverging diamond interchanges, including one at Interstate 70 and Kipling Street in Wheat Ridge. It was one of several transportation-related projects city manager Patrick Goff described in a recent unofficial State of the City address. According to Wikipedia, diverging diamonds have been used in France since the 1970s and the design was listed by Popular Science magazine as one of the best engineering innovations in 2009. Such interchanges, also called a double crossover diamond interchange, moves traffic on the non-freeway road across to the opposite side on both sides of the highway bridge. That means motorists on the freeway over or underpass briefly drive on the left side of the road. The crossover “X” intersections are usually controlled by traffic lights. Right turn lanes are placed before the crossover intersections. The Colorado Department of Transportation plans this interchange to be similar to U.S. Highway 36 and McCaslin Boulevard in Louisville. However, Kipling Street would remain under the I-70 bridge. CDOT described the overall project to include I-70 from Ward Road to Wadsworth Boulevard and 44th Avenue to 51st Place on Kipling Street. The first potential improvements are the eastbound I-70 auxiliary lane from Ward Road to Kipling

Street and the westbound I-70 off-ramp with associated changes at 49th and 50th avenues. Other changes are planned to the north and south frontage roads and local area streets, along with an eastbound I-70 auxiliary lane from Ward Road to Kipling Street. CDOT completed a planning and environmental linkages study in July 2013. A National Environmental Policy Act environmental assessment and preliminary design began in 2016. Leah Langerman,

public involvement coordinator in the transportation business unit of David Evans and Associates — a CDOT project contractor — wrote in an email that the environmental assessment is expected to be released for public review and a final public meeting held to gather comments in early 2019, followed by Federal Highway Administration permission to proceed. The NEPA study will help CDOT and Wheat Ridge pursue funding by showing the need and the specific improvements

to address the need, Langerman noted. CDOT has also recommended this project be included on a proposed ballot initiative for transportation funding in the November general election, she added. In an interview, Goff added the design will require right-of-way purchases from adjacent property owners, which he expected would take some time. Continued on page 2


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WHEAT RIDGE POLICE OFFICER DANIEL SOUTHWICK enrolled in the Wheat Ridge Explorer program as a teen, one of the original recruits. PHOTO COURTESY WHEAT RIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

ne might say Daniel Southwick was destined to be in law enforcement. With police officers for parents, law enforcement was a field with which Southwick was familiar and a career in which he was interested from an early age. While Southwick grew up in the Denver metro area and attended Arvada West High School, he was drawn to Wheat Ridge. After going for a ride along with a Wheat Ridge police officer, there was no turning back. In his teens, Southwick enrolled in the Wheat Ridge Explorer program, which is an academy designed to provide youth between the ages of 14 and 20 with basic law enforcement skills. “I joined the Wheat Ridge Police Explorer program to gain some first-hand experience of what law enforcement was like in the metro area,” explains Southwick. Southwick graduated from he University of Colorado and then attended the police academy. In December of 2017, Southwick graduated from the academy and is now an official officer of the law. Continued on page 6




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Monica Duran Monica Duran, helped lead the campaign for Wheat Ridge Issue 300, a 2015 citizen-led effort against what was felt to be out-of-control development. Duran currently serves on Wheat Ridge City Council and previously served as a director or board member for several organizations. Duran noted she would stand up to the President Trump and Education

Development The much-discussed and long-delayed G Line Ward Station light rail project received Colorado Public Utilities Commission approval in March that allows further testing of the same crossing technology that caused the Regional Transportation District headaches on the A Line to Denver International Airport. Still, Goff said light rail service between Wheat Ridge and Union Station in downtown Denver could begin later this summer. As part of that effort, a $12 million project includes reconstruction of adjacent streets, a new traffic signal, pedestrian bridge over the light rail tracks, pedestrian access improvements and public amenities, Goff added. Transit-oriented development is envisioned at the station. “The vision plan includes an outdoor recreation focus since there are a couple of large lakes there and we could maybe develop that into a regional park,” Goff said. Three residential and commercial projects are also planned, with around 300 townhomes, 200 apartment units and 6,000 to 8,000 square feet of commercial space, he added.

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Goff said a 2011 plan called for a greenway project on West 38th Avenue between Sheridan Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard. It included temporary road changes from four to three lanes, with turn lanes in the middle in each direction. The goal was to spur more pedestrian and cyclist use of the corridor and new amenities to make it more attractive, Goff added.

Secretary Betsy DeVos agenda of privatizing education, support better teacher pay and expanding vocational and technical training programs so every student is on a path to a good-paying job. To help fight rising health care premiums, Duran wants to let Coloradans purchase health insurance through the state’s Medicaid program, if it is a cheaper public option. Duran also supports women’s rights and pro-choice legislation, along with gun control measures that keep weapons out of the hands of violent and unstable people, guns out of classrooms and military-style assault weapons off the streets.

Kris Teegardin Kris Teegardin,, has helped support people with intellectual and physical disabilities and severe and persistent mental health issues. He worked nearly 10 years as a Jefferson Center for Mental Health vocational counselor and health care coordinator. Teegardin was an Edgewater City Council member, then mayor for six years. He remains active in the Metro Mayors Caucus. Teegardin would support investing in good-paying jobs like skilled trades and access to affordable higher education, transportation and infrastructure, neighborhood and public schools, attracting good companies by preserving the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles, work to protect and expand universal health care and its programs to all Coloradans, help the state address the lack of education funding due to the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, support teachers and help level the playing field for struggling students. He also vowed to fight to preserve public lands and land, air and water quality through more renewable energy and clean energy jobs, along with allocating more funds for oversight and inspections of natural gas lines and hydraulic fracturing sites to ensure citizen and worker safety. “We had a lot of support for it, but we couldn’t get (City Council) to approve the project,” Goff noted. “But it’s still a priority.” City Council did agree to a small greenway project on land owned by Jefferson County School District R1. A memorandum of understanding between the district and city allows its use for events, Goff said. “But we need a more official plaza area, something like an informal gathering place with a small amphitheater,” he added. The city is selecting a design firm and public input will be sought, Goff said. Since 2011, 38th Avenue has seen much commercial development, such as a new Vectra Bank. “Some of that is due to the vision that’s in the plan,” Goff said. Multi-family housing has also been proposed for the corridor. Motorist speed has dropped with the change from four to three lanes, he added, and several annual community events are held along the street. Funding has not been identified for the project, with initial estimates in the $5 million to $10 million range, depending in part on how many lanes of traffic to permanently allow, Goff said.

Wadsworth Widening

Widening of Wadsworth Boulevard between 35th Avenue and I-70 to six lanes, with a two-way bicycle lane, continuous sidewalks, streetscape improvements and RTD facilities is estimated to cost between $45 million to $60 million. The city has offered a $7 million match to obtain funding from other sources, Goff said. He anticipated the project could start around 2021 and pointed out the lengthy environmental assessment process could delay that timeline, as could protective measures for five identified historic properties in the project area. – JUNE 18 – JULY 15, 2018 – NEIGHBORHOOD GAZETTE



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Wheat Ridge is seeing positive movement related to our NRS priorities. More than 800 apartments are being constructed at n 2005, Wheat Ridge embarked on a study The Corners at Wheat Ridge, West End called the Neighborhood Revitalization 38, Clear Creek Crossing and the transitStrategy (NRS). The report indicated that the oriented development near the Wheat Ridge city had not kept pace with its neighboring Ward Station for the G Line. Planning has communities in the development of diverse begun on improvements to the Wadsworth housing options and vibrant commercial corridor and we have new gateway signage corridors. Our city was not attracting the at key intersections throughout strong households and the the city. We have also created economic opportunities that more of a Town Center along comes with them. According West 38th Avenue with to the NRS Report our improvements to The Green at neighboring communities had the Ridge at 38 slated to begin “…out-competed Wheat Ridge this year. in attracting families and higher With these opportunities income households, resulting in also come challenges. We these ‘strong households’ either need to integrate the new leaving Wheat Ridge or simply developments into the fabric not being attracted to Wheat of our city life, capture the Ridge in the first place.” energy of new generations, Over the course of about a Bud Starker and honor and preserve the year, city leaders and residents essential qualities that make our city such a rolled up their sleeves to examine how wonderful place to live. the city found itself in that position and, With a planned update to the NRS, city more importantly, what strategies could council announced the formation of the NRS be developed to move in a more positive Steering Committee. The committee will direction. Working in conjunction with provide guidance during a year-long study professional consultants, resident meetings to listen to the community and provide were held as well as public forums, and recommendations on how best to address listening and strategy sessions to understand the challenges and opportunities we face. the elements that promote strong civic values. Members of the committee will represent The final report recommended useful tools new and long-term residents, renters and and strategies to reverse these trends. Of the homeowners, business owners, and other nine strategies, priorities were narrowed to critical community stakeholders. five including: 1) the development of market To be considered for the Steering rate housing options throughout the city; 2) Committee, submit an application to the redevelopment of the Wadsworth corridor; city by 5 p.m. on June 25. Applications 3) development of a Town Center; 4) the are available on the city’s website, or by creation of identity signage and gateways to contacting Laura McAvoy at 303-235-2819 the city; and 5) improvements to existing or multi-family rental property at key locations. I look forward to seeing you around Most of these recommendations have been town. implemented or are underway. Contact Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud As Colorado and the Denver metropolitan Starker at area continue to experience a population or 303-235-2800. influx and a wave of redevelopment activity, n By

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LOCALWORKS UPDATE Wheaties Academy 2018 Recap engage residents. Throughout this process, we’ve learned heaties Academy is a local leadership the importance of working together to program providing community make positive changes in our community. It members with the inspiration and skills to sounds easy, but sometimes it’s challenging. turn ideas into action from the ground up. In our group, everyone had different skills I joined the 2018 Wheaties Academy class and resources that they brought to the table. after a failed Wheat Ridge City Council run. As we finish up our project, we now have I applied because I love Wheat more tools and people to work Ridge, but honestly, after the with in the future. election, I needed a relationship The Wheaties are ready reboot with my community. to graduate. We have all learned The 2018 participants the skills to listen, work together are diverse in every way – and get things done for Wheat age, race, parents, retirees, Ridge. We tackled important renters, homeowners, issues with our cohorts and also introverts, extroverts, liberals, worked together to get a new conservatives, Wheat Ridge piece of public art installed at natives and new comers. This Anderson Pool. Go check it out diversity makes our work this summer. We hope you enjoy sessions energetic, sometimes it! Val Nosler Beck heated and always action It is a privilege that oriented. our city government understands the As Wheaties, we are each placed in a importance of community engagement cohort that focuses on a local issue. One and supports Localworks and Wheaties group is exploring attainable housing. Academy. The reboot I was looking for in Another is focused on supporting current my relationship with my community has business and attracting new business to taken full effect, and I am refreshed and Wheat Ridge. My cohort is part of the good energized. I also have a lot more friends that government and civic engagement group. I can run into at RidgeFest, the pool, Bardo We decided to delve into opportunities and and Colorado Plus. challenges of civic engagement in Wheat It has been an honor to be a part of Ridge. We each bravely took a turn speaking Wheaties Academy 2018. at a city council meeting or reaching out to Val Nosler Beck is Director of Execucity staff. We are putting together a video tive Operations for Governor John Hickthat says, “Hey, if we can do it, so can you!” enlooper, a member of Renewal Wheat This end product will be a great resource, Ridge and a member on the Wheat Ridge and we hope to make more videos to help Cultural Commission. n By

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SCHOOL CROSSING Acceptance For Change facts was just as irrelevant as learning cursive writing. Especially when they are all available ver since I moved to Wheat Ridge from online. Only a few days ago, Dr. Glass shared New York some 12 years ago I’ve been with me a quote from Harvard going to a local cafe for breakfast. Sometimes professor Tony Wagner, “Content matters. an order of eggs with “half the potatoes Skills matter more. Motivation matters please” and sometimes just toast “hold the most”. The focus has to absolutely be on getting students excited about learning, more butter please.” Yesterday I ordered the hot turkey so than testing them on their memorizing sandwich with, “Can I please have the corn skills. Over the summer I will be gathering instead of cranberries?” When the waitress came back she relayed the message from the high school students, principals, board of education members and portents chef that he “Won’t do that.” top discuss what would actually I thought how easy it is to be helpful to young students please a customer when you know in discovering what they were exactly what they want. When passionate about, what helped customer service becomes more them in their later years of about the provider rather than education and how could these the customer and how it can take lessons be useful in developing years to gain a customer, but critical minds and uncovering seconds to lose one. what students wanted to pursue Pennington Elementary later in life, all while fulfilling was put on the “chopping a curriculum that helps a block” last year for mainly Guy Nahmiach generation move forward. If being out of touch with what you have thoughts on the matter and want the neighborhood (customer) wanted: 62 to write on or participate in this discussion, percent of the neighbors choose to send their please let me know. kids elsewhere. So with just over 100 kids Change is really hard. For those that need enrolled and with only four teachers on staff, it and for those that need to make it happen. and finally a new leader that will attempt to We keep moving students through grade levels resurrect this once great school, I ask why are without them actually being prepared, with they are keeping the 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. extended the notion that “holding back is bad.” Yet no day? Did someone knock on doors and ask one pauses for a second to create the change what it would take for parents to send their that is needed. Instead, we lower the bar, we kids to Pennington again? The staff, principal talk about testing as not being mindful of these and new PTA leader are all great. But are they fragile minds and we talk about preparing about to provide cranberries to someone that these young adults for the “real world” by hates cranberries? giving everyone a participation ribbon. In my Time will tell if the neighbors come back. world, not everyone qualifies for a mortgage With the emphasis these days being on or an apartment lease. Not everyone identifies teaching our kids to become great learners with the gender they were born with. Not and developing critical minds in identifying everyone is heard in community meetings. questions and finding answers rather than In my world, people develop thick skins, they just memorizing places, names and dates that learn to be heard and they fight through the are irrelevant to their future, I’ve tackled this crowds to be included. They reach out for question of what we think our elementary hands of those that haven’t developed a voice school students should know before they enter yet. Change is about all of us being different middle school, from history to geography, from one another but being equal in our right math and sciences. My son Dylan feels that it is to ask. Change is about accepting those that important to know that Columbus discovered want something different on their plates. Like America, but, “Who cares what the names corn instead of cranberries. of his three ships were.” Maybe knowing As always, thanks for reading. the multiplication table was relevant, but Contact Guy Nahmiach at Guy@Nosmemorizing formulas and random science talgicHomes.Com or 303-999-5789.

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’ve been asked to reflect on my first year here at Manning, and I can’t help but remember my incessant and frequent question at the beginning of the school year. I asked kids, teachers, families, community members: “What makes us an option? What makes us different?” Since those first days in July and August, in my relatively short time being lucky enough to work in the Manning School community, I have come to understand what makes our building so special – that it is a small, warm and nurturing environment in which kids and families from all over Wheat Ridge, Golden and Arvada come together to work hard; to be academically challenged; to be supported by a talented, knowledgeable and passionate staff; and to embody the notion that it takes a village to raise a child. Being an Option School makes it possible for us to maintain our small class sizes, to provide curricular flexibility to our teachers, and even, as we did this year, name our classical academic and arts focus to more clearly define what makes us unique. I was also asked, in the context of this reflection, to consider what I might have done differently my first year if given the chance,

and I think the answer to that question is that I would have forged stronger relationships with more people, not just the students, staff and families that make up our school, but also the larger communities we serve. I would have asked more people what their perceptions of Manning are and what learning environments might work best for their kids or grandkids or nieces and nephews or neighbors. I believe we as a staff made thoughtful choices about the direction we’re heading – decisions based on research and valued traditions and necessary growth, but as our vision and culture evolves, we must apply the lessons of intentional conversations and strong bonds with people from neighborhoods and schools across the Jeffco system. I will close by sharing the work we embark on next year: The obvious is that we grow by 33 percent and welcome not one but two grade levels of eager, creative, brilliant students to our hallways and classrooms. The other is that we as a faculty and staff will be guided by this tenet: “We will learn from one another.” As the leader of that charge, I will model the lifelong learning I venerate by beginning my pursuit of my doctorate at the University of Denver later this June. Jeena Templeton is principal of The Manning School of Academics and Arts.


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Parkland, Florida shooting – which created reverberations across the entire nation. The impact was certainly felt here in Jeffco, Your first year on the job... a difficult position you stepped into. If you could get given our history with school violence. a “do over” on one thing, what would it be? This led to student demonstrations and On reflection, I think this has been a walkouts, where we worked to find a very successful first year and that I was balance of respecting the student’s rights a good match for Jeffco (and vice-versa). while also keeping the focus on learning and However, there were certainly lots of the students safe. difficult challenges we worked through and Later in the spring, we also had to cancel things I have learned from which will make school one day due to a staff outage for a me an even more effective superintendent protest at the capitol regarding education going forward. funding. Without doubt, this The work in Jeffco was to get was disruptive to students (and keep) the focus on teaching and families – although and learning in spite of all the we understand the reason disruptions and distractions and arguments those who that come our way. participated had when it comes The first disruption was the to school funding in Colorado, introduction of new leader into which are well known. Jeffco Public Schools. While I I also believe that I worked hard to understand the learned a great deal about context and background in Jeffco Jeffco’s culture and history in before making big moves, a new this first year. Any errors or CEO in an organization sees Jason E. Glass, Ed.D. mistakes I made this year were things differently, has different mostly associated with being new to the priorities, and makes different decisions community and this context. Going forward, than what was previously expected. I believe I will be even more effective in We also introduced a new direction and future years as I have a much stronger grasp strategic plan in October of 2017, with the of the stories and background of this place release of the Jeffco Generations document, and its schools. which outlines a multi-year vision for the Overall, I think we had a very successful future of education in Jeffco. While this year in spite of some significant challenges built on previous efforts already underway, and disruptions. I’m really happy that our it did cause us to refocus (and in some family made the decision to come to Jeffco cases redirect) resources and energy toward and I’m grateful for the opportunity to getting this plan moving. do this job every day. This is a good place The fall also brought another contentious and community with wonderful educators. board election for Jeffco. When I was hired There is much to build on here and I’m in Jeffco, I fully understood it could be a excited about taking the next steps with our four-plus-year job, or a four-month job, schools and the community. depending greatly on the outcome of that Jason E. Glass, Ed.D., is superintenelection! The community ended up backing dent and “Chief Learner” of Jeffco Public the incumbents by a wide margin, which I Schools; believe will gives us the stability we need in If you have a question for the superinJeffco to see the strategic plan through to tendent please submit it to Guy@Nostalgisome real progress and accomplishments. or call it in to 303-999-5789. Fast forwarding to February, we had the n By

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As a police officer Southwick is a natural. “One thing I really enjoy about law enforcement is that every day is different,” says Southwick. “There are many types of calls and they are all different.” Southwick enjoys getting to work with and talk to members of the community, and he enjoys helping them any way he can. Not everyone who contemplates becoming a police officer as a child ends up pursuing the career, but Southwick is not one of those people. Sergeant Jon Picket is with the Wheat Ridge Police Department and was instrumental in reintroducing the Police Explorer program in Wheat Ridge. Picket has watched Southwick grow into a law enforcement officer. When he was in high school, Southwick was one of its original recruits. “Dan was excited about the opportunity to start his training in law enforcement,” says Picket. “He stayed with the program until he aged out of the program.  It was obvious that he was serious about becoming

an officer and with the opportunities that he got at Wheat Ridge, it was obvious that he was set on becoming an officer for the Wheat Ridge Police Department. “Now that Dan is a sworn officer, he is just as dedicated, if not more so, than when he was an Explorer Scout.” Wheat Ridge Police Chief Dan Brennan seconds Picket’s appraisal of Southwick. “Daniel is an example of why a Police Explorer program is so valuable to our organization,” said Brennan. “The program allows us to work with young people and provides us an opportunity to coach and mentor them towards a future career, hopefully in law enforcement. “In Daniel’s case, he knew he wanted a career in law enforcement and has worked diligently to prepare himself for a law enforcement career.  His hiring speaks to the value and importance of our Police Explorer program. We are very proud of his accomplishments!”  Now that he has achieved his goal to be a police officer, Southwick will continue to pursue his passion for helping others. Meanwhile Wheat Ridge reaps the benefit of having one more police officer, ready to serve and protect those who make up the community.

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n 2002, the Wheat Ridge City Council created the Cultural Commission as a way to promote cultural arts in Wheat Ridge and foster cultural enrichment and education opportunities for the community. Wheat Ridge residents who have lived in the area for a long time know it is a charming city with a swath of talented artists, ranging from musicians, singers and dancers, to visual artists, writers and film makers, but until recently, there had been an awareness gap of these artists and their contribution to the Wheat Ridge community. When the Cultural Commission first began, city council spent time researching and seeking out community members to sit on the commission. Fast forward to the present, where the city has grown in population and in the arts. Suddenly, people are expressing their interest to be part of the commission, which is comprised of nine members, all of whom are selected by city council. As Cultural Commission Chair Diane Robb explains, the Cultural Commission has become more popular, which means it is more visible. This means, for the time ever, the Commission has become relevant. “In fact,” says Robb, “we have become so relevant that this past spring, city council approved a resolution for the Wheat Ridge Cultural Vision, and that is big news.” Undertaking a cultural vision was no easy feat, but the commission believed a vision would allow them to better identify what it was doing, and what role it played in enhancing the profile of the arts and artists in Wheat Ridge. With this in mind, the commission spent three long days brainstorming, compiling ideas and identifying the different elements, entities and communities in Wheat Ridge that make this city culturally unique. To ensure its cultural vision would be

sustainable, the commission looked at what other communities have done to create and implement an effective cultural vision. The commission also conducted community surveys and worked closely with the city. Over the course of these meetings the commission clarified that the concept of cultural arts is more than just public art; it encompasses visual art, performing arts and literary arts. The end result of the Cultural Commission’s effort is a cultural vision that addresses how it will engage the community and its artists going forward. With the vision in place, Robb hopes it will unify all of Wheat Ridge around the community’s cultural activities. Gay Porter DeNileon, who is the at-large representative on the commission, points out that its goal is not to put on or organize all of the community’s cultural events, but to provide support, be available as a resource to all those involved, and participate in the events. For example, the commission does not coordinate Ridgefest, but it is involved in the event and will sponsor the Chalkfest activity for the second year. Porter DeNileon emphasizes the commission does not focus solely on public art installations. “Public art is a very big portion of what we promote, but we are also interested in the whole culture surrounding Wheat Ridge – all of the activities and all of the artists that live here.” Porter DeNileon also is adamant about wanting people to know the commission has taken an inclusive approach. “We recognize the eclectic and diverse personality of this city and we want to make clear that we do not dictate to anybody about what art is.” One of the Cultural Commission’s bestknown programs is Wheat Ridge Reads. Now in its seventh year, Wheat Ridge Reads partners with the Wheat Ridge Library

and Wheat Ridge High School to promote literacy. Each suggested book is written by a Colorado-based author, and more than 100 students from Wheat Ridge High participate in the program, where they meet with the local authors to discuss their books and learn more about their work. As part of the its mission to be a resource to the artists and the Wheat Ridge community as a whole, the commission is developing a comprehensive list of cultural events taking place in the community. For artists, this list will be a vehicle to let the community know about upcoming shows or exhibits. For the community, the list will inform them on what activities or shows are coming up. Robb is delighted with the support the commission receives from the community, including the local government, whose buyin has paved the way for the Commission to successfully execute its cultural vision. “From the commission’s inception, every mayor in Wheat Ridge has been an advocate for Cultural Commission,” says Robb. “Jerry DiTullio is the person who said in 2010, ‘We need a Kevin Robb sculpture in Wheat Ridge,’ and DiTullio then created a funding avenue for the sculpture. “Joyce Jay really encouraged us to create a cultural vision, and now Bud Starker is also 100 percent behind us. I find it exciting

that city council is also enthusiastic about what we’re doing. They always ask us, ‘How can we help you?’ They always tell us, ‘Let us know what you need.’” Now that the Cultural Vision has been developed, Robb and Porter DeNileon say the commission is ready implement it, but the work will not happen overnight. “It took us over a year to develop the vision, and it will take time to implement it,” as Robb explains. Once the cultural vision is in place, the commission will have the resources to promote Wheat Ridge’s artists and connect them with their neighbors. This, in turn, will help maintain the city’s charm and reputation for its local artists, while generating community support for these artists and their work. “We want everyone in the community to experience the vibrant culture of Wheat Ridge,” Robb explains. “We want arts and culture to be relevant here, and we’re helping to make that happen through this cultural vision.” To contact the Cultural Commission about any local art shows or events, email To learn about cultural activities taking place in Wheat Ridge, check out the Cultural Commission’s page on Facebook –


Kris is a community builder, leader and connector.

“Kris is a hard-working person who cares deeply about people and our community. He’s a bridge builder and a problem solver. As Edgewater Mayor, he has built strong partnerships across Jeffco because he believes we all do better when we work together.” Congressman Ed Perlmutter

“Kris is a strong advocate for our public schools. He will work tirelessly in the Colorado House to ensure every child receives an excellent education and our schools have the resources to ensure student success. We need Kris’s voice and leadership in the legislature!” Lesley Dahlkemper, former President, Jeffco School Board

Kris’ greatest strength is bringing people together.

• Opportunities for Working Families. Ensuring good jobs with benefits in Colorado is crucial. No one deserves to make anything below a living wage.

• Great Education for Every Kid. Kris was a strong voice during the Jeffco School Board recall and he will be a strong voice for equitable funding of local schools.

• Strong Environmental Leadership. Edgewater was one of the first municipalities to sign on to the Paris Climate Agreement under Kris’s leadership as mayor.


• Universal Healthcare. Kris will work tirelessly to expand affordable healthcare for all. • Facebook @KrisforHD24 • • cell (720) 568-0461



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reputation that attracts people from all over the state. The Festival will be filled with food, music, culture and fun for people of all ages! The events are held at Anderson Park, located at 4355 Field St., Aug. 10 through 12. The parade takes place between Ames and Upham streets on West 38th Avenue on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon. The parade is preceded at 7 a.m. by a pancake breakfast at the Grange Hall. Events include: • On Sunday, a car show will be in the middle of things and will include the 1957 Chevy originally bought by the grandfather of Festival Chairman, Joe DeMott; • The Zoppe Circus, a favorite among Festival participants, is one of the few oldfashion, family-run, classic one-ring touring circus left in the United States; • The Vendor fair will have food, art and specialties for people of all ages; • Music events will include a KISS tribute band among 11 other bands representing sounds from “turbo-charged” Celtic music to Blues Brothers Chicago-type blues; • Fireworks will be held on Friday and Saturday night at 9:15 p.m. at the baseball field; and • The Annual Art League Member show will give you a chance to view and purchase fine art works from over two dozen local artists. The parade theme this year is “Deep Roots.” The Parade Committee is calling local artists to submit an original design that embodies the history of Wheat Ridge. These will be put on commemorative plates that will be given to parade winners. Festival admission is free, but the circus admission is $18 general, $23 for VIP seats and children under two are free. The Spaghetti Dinner is served in its own tent from 4 to 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday; cost is $8 for adults, $5 for kids under 12. The Chili Cookoff will be on Aug. 11 with a $5 suggested donation for public tasting. The Beer Garden and Food Court will be open Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival For the 18th year, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (CDBF) celebrates the culture, contributions, and accomplishments of Colorado’s Asian Pacific American communities. Dragon boat racing is an ancient sport, with its origins in China over 2,000 years ago. It was a unique competitive sport to be hosted here 18 years ago. Now, it is the largest dragon boat festival in the country with 52 teams competing. The number of teams has steadily increased every year from the original 16 teams. The festival features more than 20 food vendors in two Taste of Asia Food Courts,

a huge Asian Marketplace of gifts, artisans and organizations, Dragonland interactive children’s area, and five stages that feature traditional Asian to contemporary Asian American culture. The Gateway to Asia provides quieter dances or musical sets, as well as demonstrations ranging from Japanese flower arranging to Chinese calligraphy to Thai fruit carving. This year’s festival will have, as usual, free admission. Events happen on July 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and July 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It features the following activities: • The Opening Ceremony starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 29, with a cultural spectacle, featuring Chinese Buddhist monks chanting and blessing the festival and all the competitors, then performing a beautiful, spiritual, traditional Eye Dotting Ceremony with invited dignitaries to awaken the spirit of the dragons within the race boats. • At 10 a.m. on Sunday, there will be a Japanese Obon Dance at the Main Stage. As usual, the public will be invited to join in the fun. • The Colorado Dragon Boat race is a unique summertime competition that over 50 teams now look forward to every year. • This year, Noble Energy will sponsor a scavenger hunt to help celebrate the diverse Asian communities in the Denver metro area. • Since 2015, CDBF has partnered with Colorado Anime Fest, to bring classic and new anime favorites to the festival. • On both Saturday and Sunday, there will be Spicy Ramen Eating contests, where you can compete against other festival attendees to see who can finish a bowl of spicy ramen. • Shopping in the CDBF Marketplace every year is like shopping at a dream bazaar with merchants from every corner of Asia and the Pacific. • One of the ongoing highlights of each year’s Colorado Dragon Boat Festival has been the opportunity to eat your way across Asia and the Pacific Islands — bite by bite, and without leaving Denver. • The festival’s five Performing Arts Stages showcase both traditional Asian and contemporary Asian American talent from within our communities.

Colorado Scottish Festival The St. Andrew Society of Colorado will hold its 55th annual Colorado Scottish Festival in Edgewater’s Citizens Park (on Benton Street between 22nd and 24th avenues), Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5. The event returns to the Denver metro area this year; the 2017 festival was held in Snowmass Village. (It’s not to be confused with the Celtic Harvest Festival, which was cancelled in 2017 after a seven-year run in Edgewater.) The Society promises to provide all the classic elements of a world class Scottish Festival and Highland Games: Scottish heavy athletics caber tossing (the “telephone pole” event), Scottish Highland dancers,

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Jeffco Fair & Festival There is fun coming at the Jeffco Fair & Festival, happening Aug. 10 through 12 at Jeffco Fairgrounds. Lasting three days, it is Jeffco’s biggest celebration of the summer. The Fair and Festival combines the entertainment and activities of a Festival, while using a Fair approach to support and showcase 4-H, youth programs, equine, livestock and agricultural elements that have long been a part of Jefferson County. Events are numerous at the Fair and Festival, so only major activities are listed below: • 4-H members Horse Show and Trail Classes and Fashion Review; • 4-H animal viewing for swine, rabbits, sheep, goats, poultry, steers, horses, dogs, llamas and alpacas; • All About Science, the perfect blend of education and entertainment, featuring audience participation and a bunch of surprises; • Petting Farm, Pony rides, Barrel Train, and Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull; • Milestone Eight-VIP Wrestling Event and Lucha Libre Pro Wrestling Event; • CPRA Rodeo, Ranch Rodeo and Cowboy Church; • Inventor Fair, Red Rocks Community College’s interactive science exhibits, 3D printing, Robotic Escape Maze, and Kids Wind Tunnel Design Challenge; • Pie Eating Contest presented by 4-H members and open to everyone; • Mutton Bustin’ for children ages 4-7 and under 60 pounds who will ride sheep out a chute and into the arena; • Canine Stars- Stunt Dog Shows; • Daily Flag Retreat Ceremonies; • Home Brewing Competition; • Music events; • Carnival games and rides. The cost is $5 for those ages 13 and up, kids under 12 are free. Both wrestling events, the CPRA Rodeo and the Ranch Rodeo all have additional costs. Most tickets to these events include same-day general admission for the Fair and Festival. Carnival rides, one-day wristbands will be available for $30. These tickets can be bought soon at

West Colfax MuralFest The fourth annual West Colfax MuralFest will be on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., held in the heart of 40 West Arts District at Lamar Station Plaza, 6501 W. Colfax Ave. The plaza is home to two art galleries, an award-winning brewery and Casa Bonita. This free arts festival features juried artists who create an outdoor gallery of murals. These are then celebrated in a one-day festival with art, music, food and creative activities, including: • Music by Pandas and People, Graham Good and the Painters, Maya Bennett, plus an additional band TBD. • Interactive Kids Tent with street art station, mini-mural, and take-away printing • Food Trucks, with Burgerchef, Deer Creek Pizza, Steady Smoking BBQ, WongWeyVeg, Rocky Mountain Snowflakes and Tacos El Huequito. • Beer Garden • Art exhibits.

Blues & BBQ The 20th Annual Blues & BBQ is back. On July 21, people from throughout the Denver metro area will gather at Citizens Park in Edgewater to enjoy the best local music, craft beer and local food and to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. With nine awesome local bands, local restaurants and local breweries, the festival builds community through music!

The event goes from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Parking is available in the old King Soopers parking lot at West 20th Avenue and Depew Street. General admission is $10 for adults, kids 12 and under are free. Tickets do not include food, which is purchased from individual food vendors. The band line up includes The Symbols, The Dale Cisek Band, Teledonna, My Blue Sky, Wild Love Tigress, Ryan Chrys and the Roughcuts, Ricky Earle Band featuring Cherise, Eef and the Blues Express, and The Duke Street Kings.

Jamming on the Jetty Jamming on the Jetty will again offer up live music on the Sloan’s Lake jetty to benefit local charities, Saturday, July 7, starting at 3 p.m. It’s the fourth incarnation of the festival, which began three years ago. This year’s bands will be Sloan’s Lake

neighborhood favorite Dyrty Byrds and Coal Town Reunion, according to Mayo Schiavone, who is helping to organize the event. The emcee will be Brad Laurvick of Highlands United Methodist Church, with special guests Denver councilmen Rafael Espinoza and Paul Lopez. “Last year we had over 500 local attendees and this year the goal is 750 plus,” said Schiavone. New this year are vendors selling merchandise, food and drink. Geared toward all ages, there will be water sports, games for children and free giveaways. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic basket, umbrellas and blankets. Bienvenidos Food Bank is the beneficiary of this year’s event, receiving all proceeds raised by sponsorships. Sponsorship and other details can be found at the website, or check out its Facebook page,


Performances In The Park Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Make it a picnic. Wheat Ridge provides free outdoor, concerts and performances on Wednesdays for the whole summer. These events are very family friendly. Come to Anderson Park, at 4355 Field St., for Children’s Shows at 10 a.m. Then bring back the whole family at 6:30 p.m. for the free concerts, featuring: • June 20, Magic Rob Ryan, followed by Chrys & the Rough Cuts; • June 27, Eric West, Music Phat Daddy; • July 4, Bradley Weaver, Papa Juke Band; • July 11, Beth Epley, Rheinlanders; • July 18, Kusogea Nobe Drum Ensemble, Chico’s Malos Salsa Band; • July 25, Puppets & Things on Strings, Michael Friedman Band; and • Aug 1, Ann Lincoln, Magic Hot Tomatoes.

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Great open house and ribbon cutting at Teller Street Gallery on Sat. June 16. New owners Keifer and Katie cut the ribbon with Wheat RIdge Mayor Bud Starker. 7190 W. 38th Ave.

Listening to Gary Barnes at the June WRBA breakfast meeting. What an inspiring message!

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lenn Levy, former town council member and an 11-year Mountain View resident, was elected mayor in November 2017, with a platform based on providing the community with a new, proactive approach to town management. In a recent conversation, Levy reflected on the highlights, accomplishments and challenges recognized during the first six months serving as the leader of Mountain View. Levy voices genuine enthusiasm when he assesses the early months in his new position. He reports that during the transition working with the administrative, court and legal staff, police and public works department, town planners and consultants, he has gained a heightened appreciation for the experience and professionalism demonstrated by town employees. “The collective institutional knowledge, sense of teamwork and the time commitment with project completion exhibited by all staff and town employees is priceless and invaluable,” acknowledges Levy. “This has been a most welcomed and rewarding reality for me.” Considered as another highlight, Levy expresses that communicating and problemsolving directly with residents has been both a positive and effective means in addressing individual issues. Levy finds that a timely, personal response to residential inquiries is purposeful. He affirms that he listens, offers his perspective or in some instances, explains the relevant town policy or code. His intention is to ultimately reach a mutual understanding to resolve the situation. “Running a small town is a team effort,” declares Levy. “We must all be willing to be involved.” Levy recognizes that his term as a town council member was beneficial. He says that the council experience now provides strength as mayor. “It helped me understand what I needed to refine and improve.” In the early weeks as mayor, Levy restructured and redefined town council committees to better serve and connect with the community. He also altered procedural aspects on the town council meeting agenda to allow additional time during the meeting for immediate community comment. The mayor mentions with pleasure, a significant increase in community involvement. He notes more residents attend the monthly town council meetings. A community gathering at a local coffee house in March was well attended and provided the forum to answer questions, address concerns, and share timely updates on town projects. Levy reports that the

council is planning summer community events and preparations are underway for the annual August picnic. Levy remains focused on the five SMART choice guidelines outlined during his fall campaign. “We have taken first steps on all aspects of the vision.” The mayor declares that economic expansion, sewer and drainage repair, and the town’s infrastructure needs have been a priority. Levy anticipates scheduling a future public meeting to discuss the details of these town projects. “We must be financially prudent and responsible as we prioritize the needs of the town.” Whether facilitating a town council meeting, discussing a town matter with staff, vendor or resident, Levy reflects that being open-minded can also provide a challenge. However, he regards his ability to see and consider things fairly as a critical attribute in his new position. “As the town leader, I want to do my best to look at issues from all sides.” Contact Mayor Glenn Levy at glevy@ or attend the town council meeting, 6:30 p.m., second Monday of each month, at 4176 Benton St.

Good Views

Around Mountain View, flowers are blooming; vegetable gardens are budding; and many homes sport a fresh coat of paint. Summer beckons. The first day of summer officially arrives on June 21 when the summer solstice delivers the longest day of the year. In Ancient Greece, the summer solstice marked the beginning of the Greek calendar year and prompted festival celebrations. With the approach of the summer solstice, how will you welcome summer?

2018 Primary Election Day, June 26

Primary election ballots to determine the fall Democratic and Republican candidates for congressional, statewide, county and local races, were mailed to registered voters on June 4. This is the first Colorado primary that allows unaffiliated voters to participate. Unaffiliated registrants received both party ballots, but should vote and return only one ballot. If more than one ballot is received, the vote will not count. Ballots must be returned and received by 7 p.m. on June 26. The latest recommended mailing date is June 20. Ballots can be dropped-off at local voter service and polling center locations listed on the voter instructions ballot envelope insert.

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usinesses, cities and citizen groups in Sloan’s Lake, Lakewood, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge will host breakfast stations, after-work parties, free snacks and beverages and help from bike techs and Bike to Work Day, Wednesday, June 27. The annual Denver Regional Council of Government event is a grassroots effort by cities, counties, transportation planners, community organizations and others in the metro area to educate commuters about the benefits of using two wheels to get to work. Cyclists can pick up free water, refreshments and food on the way into and back from work at hundreds of temporary stations throughout the Denver metro area, including two in Edgewater, one along the W Line in Lakewood, two in Sloan’s Lake and three in Wheat Ridge. Participants who register online have a chance at winning prizes, as well. Edgewater Business Association and Edgewater Collective are teaming up to provide a bike tech, coffee, drinks and other goodies for bikers riding to work at The Edgewater 25th Avenue Station (25th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard), from 6 to 9 a.m. “This is the second year that we have worked with local businesses to run the station at 25th and Sheridan,” said Edgewater Collective Executive Director Joel Newton. The City of Edgewater ran the station the previous six years. “Our goal in organizing a station at the entrance to Edgewater is to encourage active living and biking to work,” he said. “We also love to showcase our great small businesses here in Edgewater.” Also in Edgewater, Northern Lights Cannabis Company and Rupert’s on the

Edge, on northwest corner of 20th and Sheridan (2045 Sheridan), are offering breakfast, drinks and coffee from 6:30 to 9 a.m. It’s Northern Lights’ and Ruperts’ fourth year of sponsoring a station. This year they are also giving away some fun items to make your commute “roll” along. Just across Sheridan in Sloan’s Lake, Native Roots Foundation is also hosting a breakfast station from 6:30 to 9 a.m. On the W Line path at Mountair Park (West 13th Avenue at Depew Street), the City of Lakewood will provide breakfast burritos from Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant, breads and pastries from Great Harvest Bread Co., hot coffee from Village Roaster Coffee, KIND granola bars and fruit from 6:30 to 9 a.m. For the afternoon commute, Lakewood is hosting an after-work station for food, fun and festivities in Belmar Plaza. Also on the return route, AFC Urgent Care Highlands is staging its first Bike to Work Day Station on the north side of Sloan's Lake near West 26th Avenue. From 3:30 to 6 p.m., AFC will be offering water, bandages, lip balms, hand sanitizers and more. They’ll also have a first aid kit on site. Farther north near the Clear Creek Greenway, a mid-day Laradon’s Bike Party takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Prospect Park Pavilion, 11300 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge, featuring a bike tech, snacks, water, yard games and music. In its event listing, Laradon said is was planning to team up with  Trader Joe’s  to provide water and snacks, and have a few recumbent bikes on hand to try out. They’ve also invited a bike mechanic and food trucks, but at press were awaiting confirmation. Not to be outdone, Wheat Ridge will be the site of two Star Wars-themed Bike to Work Day stations, sponsored by the Wheat Ridge Active Transportation Advisory Team

‘AWAKEN WITH THE FORCE!’ WITH DARTH VADER – a June 27 Bike to Work Day breakfast event – will take place 6 to 9 a.m. at “The Death Star” (aka the Dairy Queen), 6790 W. 38th Ave., off the bike lane at Pierce Street, Wheat Ridge. PHOTO COURTESY WR ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY TEAM [ATAT]

(ATATs) Right Coast Pizza, Dairy Queen, Jefferson County Public Health, and others. “Awaken With The Force!” with Darth Vader will take place 6 to 9 a.m. at “The Death Star” (aka the Dairy Queen), 6790 W. 38th Ave., off the bike lane at Pierce Street. Starting at 6 a.m. for early risers, the station features coffee, orange juice, breakfast burritos (plus a gluten-free) option, fruit and snack bars. “We promise nourishment, lots of  Star Wars-themed fun  and the best selfie you'll take all morning,” according to the event listing. On the way home, the fourth annual Pedal to Patio: Stars Wars, Beer & Pizza bike

party takes place at the Right Coast Pizza pizzeria, 7100 W. 38th Ave., 4 to 7 p.m. The bike party offers free locally crafted beer, fresh-from the oven pizza, tunes, prizes and “a completely voluntary tandem ride with your favorite Sith Lord.” Check the event website for last-minute changes to stations and locations; there was to be a breakfast station at 26th and Kipling, the north edge of Crown Hill Park, but the listing had disappeared from the map as the Neighborhood Gazette went to press. To register, visit http://biketoworkday. us. Station maps and listings, information on bicycle safety and commuting, and other details are also available online.

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summer, but they aren’t all that Discovery Park has to offer. Once children tire of splashing in the water, there’s a playground and plenty of areas to sprawl out for a family picnic. A small creek is a perfect place for little ones to explore and dip their toes in the water. Even the sandbox has a water spigot! If possible, come during the week to avoid crowds. It’s open until September from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The park also offers stunning views of the foothills, close proximity to the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, and is right across the street from the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, which offers affordable day rates for its indoor pools. So if you haven’t stopped by Discovery Park before, make a visit! The splash pad is just the beginning.




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ard sales, garage sales, bazaars, flea markets, rummage sales, tag sales, boot sales – whatever you call it – the Wheat Ridge Historical Society’s First Annual Community Yard Sale will be the second Saturday of July (July 14) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Baugh House on 44th and Robb Street. With the large property available for use we will have plenty of space available for you to sell your stuff. Bring a table and chair, or open the “boot” of your car to sell your items we just ask for a donation at the end of the day. We have a few pop-up shelters available for rent as well. We have crafters bringing their handmade treasures for show, tell and sell! Bring your treasures and see what treasures await you. Each month at our Second Saturday events we have the Baugh House and Historic Park open for tours, with our historians available to talk history with you at our family-friendly venue. The theme for our upcoming 2018 events will be Heritage Day (August), Baugh House Back to School Book Sale and Exchange (September), Apple Cider Day (October), Bountiful Blessings (recorder music lessons, November), and Holiday Celebrations with white elephant gift exchange (December).

You can see pictures and videos of past events on our Facebook page. Our July Society meeting will be on the second Tuesday, July 14, 7 p.m., at the Red Brick Museum building. We will be going over details of upcoming events and will enjoy a talk, with snacks, on the 150th anniversary of the Grange by Idella Lewis. We are looking for new members to join us at these fun evening meetings. The Wheat Ridge Historical Park, 4610 Robb St., is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with tours available for only $2 per person, cash or check only please. Groups of 10 or are asked to call ahead (303-421-9111) so that we can have more historians available. Our Wheat Ridge Quilt Circle meets at the Historical Park on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All crafters are invited to join. Bring a project you are working on, lunch if you want and $2 to the Red Brick museum. The circle is currently working on a new quilt for the Baugh House. They hope to have it on display at our Vintage Quilt show during Heritage Day in August. For more information on the Wheat Ridge Historical Society, visit its Facebook page or new website at, or email WRHistorical@

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ASK THE EXPERT My Tenants Won’t Pay Rent – How Do I Get Them Out? by filing a complaint with the court. The complaint and a summons will then need to be served on the tenants. Colorado statutes uppose you are a landlord and your and rules include specific requirements tenants stop paying rent. It is illegal regarding how these lawsuits are filed and in Colorado to simply remove the tenants’ served on the tenants. belongings or lock the tenants out without Once the summons and the court’s permission. complaint are properly served, Colorado’s eviction laws are if the tenants do not file an known as the “Forcible Entry “answer” to the complaint, and Detainer” statutes, and a default “judgment for require that certain processes possession” will be entered by be followed in order evict the judge. If the tenants do file nonpaying tenants. The eviction an answer, the court will hold a must ultimately be conducted by hearing to determine whether the sheriff. the tenants paid the rent. The first step is to serve a If the judge enters a written notice to comply with judgment for possession, the the terms of the lease. The notice landlord must wait 48 hours states the term being violated Joe Lusk for the court to issue a “writ of (in this case, nonpayment of restitution”. The writ of restitution is the rent) and must give the tenants three days official document the sheriff needs in order in which to “comply” (that is, pay the past to evict the tenants. due rent). The notice can be served by hand Eviction lawsuits can be complex, and delivery or posted on the door. If the tenant there are many “pitfalls” in the process. pays the amount due, the tenant has “cured” Landlords are encouraged to consult an and there is no right of eviction for the attorney prior to evicting their tenants. landlord. Joe Lusk is a lawyer with Boatright, If the tenant does not pay the amount Ripp & Lusk, LLC in Wheat Ridge. He can due, the landlord can then seek an eviction be reached at 303-423-7131. by filing a lawsuit. Lawsuits are initiated

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WHAT’S HAPPENING Fireworks Laws Strictly Enforced Over July 4th Holiday

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As the July Fourth holiday approaches, the Wheat Ridge Police Department wants to make residents aware that all fireworks, including fountains and sparklers, are illegal within city limits. Anyone in possession of fireworks in the City of Wheat Ridge will be ticketed, and may face a fine of up to $999, up to a year in jail, or both, according to a WRPD press release. If the illegal use of fireworks causes serious bodily injury or damages property, more serious felony charges could be applied. Historically the Wheat Ridge Police Department receives a high call volume related to complaints concerning the use of illegal fireworks. The increase in call load can impact the response time for more urgent calls involving human safety. As in year’s past, the department will have extra officers on duty specifically for fireworks enforcement the weekend prior as well as on July Fourth. “Although many people think fireworks are harmless and a traditional part of the annual holiday, the threat of fires is very high in Colorado,” stated Police Chief Dan Brennan. “The risk of personal injury or damage to property from illegal fireworks is also high. People who use illegal fireworks are financially liable for any damages. In addition, children, veterans, and pets are often extremely sensitive to the loud noise that accompanies fireworks, which can create anxiety and fear.” The Arvada Fire Protection District, West Metro Fire Rescue and the Fairmount Fire Department will have staff on call to respond to any emergencies. Arvada Fire and West Metro Fire will be accepting surrendered fireworks at all fire stations.

Wheaties Academy unveiled its community public art project at a public meet-the-artist event at Anderson Pool building on June 12. “Greetings from Wheat Ridge” was commissioned by the 2018 Wheaties Academy, designed by local artists Blu Hartkopp and Chris Jenuine, with contributions from the community and approved by Wheat Ridge City Council with support from the Cultural Commission and Wheat Ridge Parks & Recreation. About 75 people attended including Mayor Bud Starker, council members Leah Dozeman and Larry Mathews, City Manager Patrick Goff, Director of Parks & Rec Joyce Manwarring, and artists Blu Hartkopp and Chris Jenuine. It is the first community art project on city property, according to Wheaties’ Rachel Hultin. Wheaties Academy is a program of Localworks.

For any questions regarding the use of fireworks in Wheat Ridge, call the Crime Prevention Office at 303-235-2910.

Action Center Seeks Donations As Shelter Programs Shut Down The Board of Directors of The Action Center voted to suspend services of their shelter programs on June 12. The 50-year-old nonprofit is a humanservice organization offering a range of services to struggling residents of Jefferson County and the homeless. According to a press release, it is facing a budget shortfall and the Board and Executive Director needed to take immediate measures to keep the organization financially stable. The operational costs of the shelter had a great impact on the resources for the

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organization’s other services. “We will work closely with other community partners to help the individuals and families using our shelter find a place to go,” new Executive Director Pam Brier was quoted in the release. “Taking care of people is what we do, so this is a tough decision for us. Seeking out partnerships to continue to provide critical services to the homeless is our priority.” President of the Board Ben Wiederholt stated that “Leadership transition and changes on our development team over the last six months have led to missed donation goals, and that is taking a toll on our cash flow. “Cutting this expense will allow the organization to regroup and continue to provide food, clothes, and other critical support to those in need in Jefferson County.” The Action Center serves about 20,000 people. In 2017 in addition to services at the shelter, it provided: 628,410 meals; $235,000 in utility assistance; 230,000 clothing items; $186,000 in financial assistance; school supplies for 5,019 children; Thanksgiving meals for 4,898 people; nearly 4,000-holiday gifts for children; and case management services. A group of volunteers is seeking to raise $1 million in the next six months. Donations are being accepted at 8755 W. 14th Ave., Lakewood. For more information, visit or call 303-237-7704.

Yard Sale, Craft Demos, Tours At Historical Society’s Second Saturday Event, July 14 A community yard sale and craft demonstrations and sales are highlights of the Wheat Ridge Historical Society’s upcoming Second Saturday event, July 14,

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Baugh House, West 44th Avenue and Robb Street in Wheat Ridge. The free event also offers tours of the Baugh house and the Historic Park at 4610 Robb St. Local musicians – recorder and string groups – will perform, and guests are invited to bring their voice or instrument and join in. Snacks, tea, historical documents and memorabilia will be available. Historians will be on hand to answer questions about the Wheat Ridge area. For more information on the Wheat Ridge Historical Society, visit its Facebook page or new website at, or email WRHistorical@

Local Student Graduates from Oregon State University Wheat Ridge student Skye E. Kreisler graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Natural Resources, at Oregon State University’s 149th commencement, Saturday, June 16, according to the school. OSU is one of the few large universities in the nation to hand out students’ actual diplomas during the commencement ceremony. For more information on Oregon State University, visit

Mark Your Calendar For Wheat Ridge TLC Neighborhoods Clean Up Days The Wheat Ridge Police Department has set the dates for the annual Wheat Ridge TLC Neighborhoods Clean Up Days program that offers roll-off dumpsters to help residents clean up the community. Wheat Ridge TLC stands for Traffic safety, Life quality and Crime reduction. This year, the WRPD Community Services Team has added community meetings in collaboration with the faithbased community as part of the TLC Neighborhoods program. Community meetings will be held prior to the Wheat Ridge TLC Clean Up Day event at that same location. Check the website for additional details and dates. http://www. Trash, recyclables and yard waste are acceptable at the following locations


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between 8 a.m. and noon unless bins fill up prior to that time. Residents are encouraged to drop trash, recycling and yard debris early (Check the website for items that are excluded): • District III: Community Meeting, June 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., and TLC Clean Up, July 7, 8 a.m. to noon, both at Glory of God Church, 12200 W. 38th Ave. • District II: Community Meeting, Aug. 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m., and TLC Clean Up, Aug. 18, 8 a.m. to noon, both at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 3900 Pierce St. • District I: Community Meeting, Sept. 12, 7 to 8 p.m., and TLC Clean Up, Sept. 22, 8 a.m. to noon, both at Wheat Ridge United Congregational Church, 6310 W. 29th Ave. District IV’s events took place in May. For more information, contact Localworks at 720-259-1030 or or contact the Wheat Ridge Police Community Services Team at 303235-9898.

Rabid Bat And Skunks Prompt Safety Advice From Jeffco Public Health Jefferson County Public Health is encouraging residents to take precautions after more than a dozen wild animals were found to have rabies. A bat found in Lakewood, near Morrison Road and Wadsworth Boulevard, tested positive for rabies on June 13 – the first in Jefferson County this year. In 2017, eight bats tested positive in the county. Skunk rabies continues to be a concern across the metro Denver area, with 14 skunks testing positive for the disease this year in Jeffco, the most recent the week of June 8 in Lakewood. This year Colorado has seen more

rabies-positive animals than in all of 2017, and peak rabies season is far from over. Though the bat had no known human exposures, one dog was exposed. The dog is current on its rabies vaccine and will be advised to get a rabies booster shot and placed under a 45-day home observation period. The rabies virus, which is transmitted from infected animals through contact with their saliva or through bites, is nearly always fatal to animals and can be fatal to humans if left untreated. Jefferson County Public Health recommends the following precautions to prevent exposure and minimize harm from the deadly virus: • Vaccinate all domestic pets and valuable livestock against rabies and ensure vaccines are kept up-to-date. Now that rabies has been found in both skunks and bats within the county, a domestic animal encounter with any wild animal will be treated like an exposure to a rabid animal. Domestic animals without up-to-date rabies vaccinations will be classified as high risk and be required to undergo a 120-day quarantine. • Avoid contact with any wild animals, especially those that act unusually. A healthy wild animal will generally avoid human contact. Do not feed wild animals, since this reduces their natural fear of humans. • Teach children to stay away from all wild animals, stray domestic pets or dead animals, and to tell an adult if they are scratched or bitten. Remind children of all ages that a sick, dying or dead animal may carry diseases that humans can contract – trying to help an animal can cause more harm than good. • Do not allow pets to roam free, since this can increase the chance they could be exposed without your knowledge. Do not leave pet food or livestock feed outside or feed your outdoor pet more than they can finish, as this will encourage a wildlife

presence. • If your pet comes into contact with a wild animal, wear gloves while cleaning them to minimize your risk of exposure to the virus. • If a person has been bitten or scratched by a wild mammal, they should wash the area thoroughly with soap and water, seek immediate medical attention and notify their local animal control agency. Prompt medical treatment is key to preventing rabies after a possible exposure. To report a suspicious or dead animal or an animal bite, contact your local animal control agency, or Jefferson County Animal Control at 303-271-5070. For more information about rabies, contact JCPH’s Animal Borne Disease Program, part of the Environmental Health Services Division, at 303-232-6301, or visit www.jeffco. us/2365.

Free Summer Workshops At Elitch Theatre Academy Elitch Theatre Academy is offering a free filmmaking workshop for ages 12 and up, Saturday, June 23, 2 to 4 p.m., at 4309 W. 44th Ave., Denver. The Theatre Academy was created in the Spirit of Mary Elitch to provide fine arts education and a center for cultural events, while engaging with the community. Students will learn how to transform their story idea into a film fit for the big screen with filmmaker Mark Roeder,  and follow the life of a film from the seed of an idea, to storyboard, to production, to visual

effects. They will watch Roeder’s “Fire Ripples,” a behind-the-scenes video about the stunts and effects, and an animatic (an animated storyboard). Roeder  received Writing/Directing and Acting Certificates from Colorado Film School.  Other Elitch Theatre Academy offerings include: • First Friday Tenn Street  Coffee and Books Wildlife Photography Exhibit and Photo Walk, Friday, July 6, 6 to 9 p.m., at Tenn Street Coffee and Books, 4418 Tennyson St., Denver. Check out the exhibit by Front Range Wildlife Photographers then take a stroll on Tennyson Street to see the beauty and culture the street has to offer and take  photographs along the way.  Best photographs will be displayed in the Gallery Exhibit for First Friday in August. Free, open to all ages. • Denver Open Media Tour, Wednesday, July 18, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at 700 Kalamath St., Denver. Learn about the vision of the Open Media Foundation while touring the public access TV station, see the user-driven channels, the HD facilities and professional equipment they offer the community so that everyone can make a TV show and have a voice. Free, for ages 12 and up. • Wildlife Photography Workshop, Saturday, July 21, 1 to 3 p.m. Learn from Front Range Wildlife Photographers’ Lauren Lang what gear you need to photograph wildlife, the best places in Colorado to find animals, and what you can do with those images after you take them. Free, all ages. For more information or to enroll, visit

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Neighborhood Gazette – June 2018  

The June 18 – July 15, 2018 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Wheat Ridge, Applewood, Mountain View & Lakeside Colorado.