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Dave Logan opens up about football and coaching BY FREDA MIKLIN GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
When The Villager sat down with storied Cherry Creek High School football coach Dave Logan to talk about what it meant to win his eighth 5A state championship at four different high schools, two things were very clear. Logan loves football and he has an abiding commitment to teaching teenagers how to be successful adults using the tools needed to win this game. He sees football as “the greatest team sport in the world because of its valuable life lessons. It teaches you to literally get up after you get knocked down and that sometimes even when you do your best, you don’t always win.” “Kids all not a lot different than they were in 1993 (when Logan began coaching high school football). They want structure, discipline, and hard work because it leads to success. There are more distractions. Social media presents opportunities for things to go haywire.” On the safety of playing the game, Logan told us that he understands parents’ concerns. Football is still “a collision sport,” he said, “but the game has changed dramatically in recent years. Everyone involved is much more cognizant of putting safety at the forefront.” At today’s high school games there is a doctor on the sideline. If a player is hit in a way that could possibly cause a concussion he is immediately examined by a trainer and the doctor, who make the decision as to whether or when he can continue to play. Coaches have no say.
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Logan added that “the art of tackling has changed. Every member of the coaching staff takes classes every year that emphasize safety.” When Logan was a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, he told us, he got knocked unconscious after catching a ball. When he woke up the coach asked him if he was OK. He just wanted to know if he had caught the ball and held onto it. When they told him he did, he said that he was OK. By answering yes to that question, he was allowed to go back in after missing only one play. “I didn’t want my back-up to get my job.” Logan explained. He went on, “That could never happen in today’s game.” We asked Logan what he says to the many people who notice he has skills that would allow him to coach at a much higher level than high school. He said, “I’ve had opportunities to coach in college and in the NFL, but I’m right where I want to be.” What was special about this year’s Cherry Creek Bruins, we asked, that led to an undefeated season and a state champion-
ship? Logan explained that he and his coaching staff, some of whom have been with him for more than two decades, started the process of building a team in January, like they always do. They welcomed the players by going straight to the goal, talking about what it would take “to get to the big house” (Empower Field at Mile High where the state championship is played). Strength and conditioning training in the winter and spring were followed by dozens of practices on the field in the summer. Logan said that the team actually hit less in practice this year than in previous ones to minimize preseason injuries. What did Andrew Regan, a Cherry Creek Bruin with a disability, bring to this championship team, we wanted to know. “A love of life, a sense of humor, and a unique perspective,” the coach said. “The other kids loved him. He’s a jokester who always put things in perspective because he was unaffected by the circumstances, no matter what they were.” We turned to The Denver Broncos, for whom Logan has been the radio announcer for the past 30 years, in addition to being a daily on-air sports personality on KOA 850 and 94.1 FM, where his contract was renewed for another 10 years in August. About their rookie quarterback, who just turned 23 years old, Logan said, “I like what I see from Drew (Lock). He has qualities. He can move around and throw accurately on the run.” We wanted to know if coaching high school ever conflicted with his job with the Broncos. Logan said it usually works out, but that if he misses the Broncos
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charter flight to wherever they’re going, it’s his responsibility to get there by game time. He recalled a time in early December 2001 when he was coaching Chatfield in the state championship game (which they won). He missed the Broncos’ charter to Miami, where they were playing the next day. There were no commercial flights he could take after the high school state championship game ended that would get him to Miami on time, so he had to spend $6,000 to use a private plane to get there by kickoff time, but, he said, he’s “never missed a high school game,” even when, years later, his mother, who is over 90 now, had a heart attack just as another team he was coaching was about to play in a state championship. He was up all night at the hospital with her making sure she was all right, but still made it to the state championship game in time for the kickoff. High school football coaches earn about $4,500 for a whole season. It has been well reported that Logan gives that entire
amount to his assistant coaches. After graduating from Wheat Ridge High School as a threesport athlete and winner of the 1971 Denver Post Gold Helmet Award for excellence in academics, sports, and character, Logan attended the University of Colorado, where he played basketball and football. Drafted by professional teams in baseball, basketball, and football, Logan accepted an offer from the Cleveland Browns, where he played for seven years until moving to the Denver Broncos. There he finished his record-setting career as a wide receiver in 1984. Logan and his wife Tonya live in Greenwood Village. His daughter Cassidy is part of his contractor referral company, TeamDaveLogan.com. One of the most important life lessons that Logan hopes kids learn when they are looking up at those at the top of any sport or profession is, “Nobody gets there without spending time in the box.” Fmiklin.firstname.lastname@example.org
Cherry Hills Village mayor and city council opt for full transparency BY FREDA MIKLIN GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
Keeping a campaign promise he made to the citizens of Cherry Hills Village, Mayor Russell Stewart, with the full support of the city council, has instituted live video recordings of all city council meetings, available to watch and hear anytime, beginning with the latest one on Dec. 11. Starting in January, city council meetings will also be livestreamed. Anyone who wishes to see the Cherry Hills Village city council discussing, deliberating, and voting on the issues that come before it can go to cherryhillsvillage.com/AgendaCenter and choose the option “Media” next to the date of the meeting to see and hear exactly what the city council does and how they do it. CHV joins a long list of local governments in Colorado who have made their meetings accessible online anytime. Most use the relatively inexpensive technology offered through Open Media Foundation (OPM), a Denver-based non-profit organization who “believes that government transparency is key to community engagement.” For CHV, the cost for the entire system, including four cameras, installation, and set-up was $28,200. The annual cost for maintaining the system, embedding it to the city’s website, and production of all video recordings, is $15,040. The state legislature enlisted the services of OPM 12 years ago. On OPM’s website it says, “Beginning on Jan. 21, 2008, OPM helped the Colorado General Assembly’s audience get a little larger. Digital Comcast subscribers can now tune into channel 165 for live coverage of the state House and Senate chambers.” They can also view them online and access archived videos at www.coloradochannel.net. In addition to the state legisla-
ture, local governments in Colorado who have chosen full transparency by making their meetings available to see and hear anytime include the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners, along with the cities of Denver, Aurora, Englewood, Littleton, Colorado Springs, Broomfield, Arvada, Boulder, Fort Collins, Golden, Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Thornton, Wheat Ridge, Avon, Brighton, Commerce City, Cortez, Durango, Erie, Cortez, Vail, and now Cherry Hills Village. When election time rolls around, CHV voters will now have direct access to see and hear their elected officials performing their duties. This will allow voters to assess the performance of incumbents independently instead of having to rely on yard signs and advertising materials sent out by candidates that contain claims and information that may or may not be true. If anyone new who is running for office has testified at a city council meeting, voters will also get to see and hear them also. In 2018, we asked both Greenwood Village and Centennial if they planned to video record their city council meetings for full transparency. Centennial told us that it had not been requested to do so by any of its citizens so they didn’t pursue it. In GV, at least one resident did ask that it be considered. The GV city council had its administrative services director, Camie Chapman, obtain a preliminary cost estimate for the service from one vendor (not OPM) before unanimously deciding, in less than two minutes, at a study session that they were simply not interested in having their meetings streamed or video recorded, regardless of cost. Fmiklin.email@example.com (Writer’s note: The GV resident who made the request in 2018 was this writer. I did so as a private citizen, prior to becoming associated with The Villager Newspaper.)
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January 2020 temporary art exhibits The South Suburban Public Art Committee selected local artists to display their work at three of South Suburban’s recreation centers in January. These temporary art exhibits are intended to support and promote South Suburban’s mission to enrich the lives of all its residents and encourage a legacy of art to be enjoyed and appreciated. All artwork is available for purchase.
Betty Harris’ South Suburban Watercolor Classes
Residence: Littleton Medium: Watercolors Collection: Betty teaches all levels of South Suburban art students from beginner to advanced. She individually guides and inspires them to continue learning her techniques with beautiful results. Betty’s classes are also a valuable social connection for the participants. They enjoy each other’s company both inside
Painting by South Suburban art student from Betty Harris’ watercolor class, depicting early Colorado crocus in the ice and snow
and outside of class with many get-togethers organized by Betty. On display: Buck Recreation Center, January 2 – 31, 2020
Residence: Highlands Ranch Medium: Paintings Collection: Madhubani and Warli tribal art from the country of India is Shilpa’s
specialty using acrylics and canvas. Her Wari style is from the west coast of India and features tribal people and their day to day life. And her Madhubani is from northern India and displays mythology with the use of colorful interpretations of nature. On display: Lone Tree Recreation Center, January 2 – 31, 2020
Residence: Englewood Medium: Paintings and digital photographs Collection: Lannie’s exhibit is titled Colorful Colorado because that is what you will find displayed. From colorful skies to slope hugging snowboarders, see and feel why you love living here. On display: Goodson Recreation Center, January 2 – 31, 2020
South Suburban’s Public Art Committee encourages all Colorado artists to apply to display their artwork temporarily for one month. For a complete list of guidelines and an art exhibition application, go to sspr.org or contact the Arts and Enrichment Manager Darcie LaScala at 720.245.2601 or DarcieL@ sspr.org.
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Erma Bombeck remembered: New Year, good time to remember Erma’s philosophy She wasn’t a politician, never held public office, but offered advice from her heart that seemed to heal our souls and tickles our funny bones. I heard Erma speak many years ago before her untimely death. She addressed a newspaper audience at our annual convention at the stately Brown Palace hotel. She confessed her addiction to smoking that likely ended her life before her time. I’ve featured this column in past years but it is so timely every time that I read her masterpiece. A special salute to all of the cooks of the holiday seasons, to the mothers, grandmothers, daughters who worked so hard on meals and presents to make
I watched LSU obliterate Oklahoma in the Saturday bowl game followed by a really close contest between defending national champion Clemson vs. Ohio State. The game came down to the last minute with Ohio State having to score a touchdown, but having the pass intercepted in the end zone by a Clemson back. Now it will be Clemson vs. LSU at the. Superdome in New Orleans on January 14. *** I wish CSU had hired coach Ed McCaffrey who had such a stellar career coaching at Valor and stardom with the Broncos. He is returning to Greeley where he played college ball to coach the Bears at UNC, but the Rams could have used his talents. Maybe Dave Logan should move to the University level after winning eight state football large division titles. (A great coach featured this week.) *** Reading the oldest newspaper in Colorado the Central City Register Call, I learned that 151 years ago on December 31, 1869 that a silver shipment from Georgetown weighing 683 pounds and worth $12,700 broke through the sidewalk in Georgetown. The single silver mass was too heavy for the stage and had to be shipped to Denver separately. *** Last fall at a Diane Bartlett exquisite backyard party I was
families happy. As we end 2019 and begin the challenges of a New Year we all can take a lesson from Erma looking back over her life as she prepared to end hers.
If I had my life to live over BY ERMA BOMBECK I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded. I would have eaten the popcorn in the good living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace. I would have taken the time
visiting with longtime friend Mark Metevia, a local businessman. Mark is a member of the Monaco South Optimist Club and a subscriber to The Villager newspaper. During the conversation he invited me to speak to his club that meets at the American Legion Hall Post 1 where I am a member. He followed up this fall with two dates available to speak to the club at 7 a.m. I chose Dec. 27. So, following Christmas dinners and a day of rest I arose at 5 a.m., showered, shaved, waking up my wife, and headed to the Post on Yale Ave. arriving at 6:30. Members were already gathering, and the bacon and egg buffet was prepared. It was good to see subscriber Frank Middleton of Centennial at the event. Frankly, I did not know much about the Optimist organization having been a Lions Club member for over 50 years and also knowing many Rotary friends in the area. This was a new experience for me that I welcomed. This Metro South Optimist International Club was founded in 1976 as a “Friend of Youth.” Mark introduced me as the speaker after some brief club business that included a report about the club members selling over 1375 Christmas trees. They then donate this hardearned money to youth service projects. Selling that many trees is a huge project. I spoke for 30 minutes
to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth. I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed. I would have burned the pink candle sculptured like a rose before it melted in storage. I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains. I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life. I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding patter if I wasn’t there for the day.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime. Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment realizing that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle. When my kids kissed impetuously, I would never have said,” later, now go get washed up for dinner.” There would have been more “I love You’s” and more “I’m sorry’s’ but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute---look at it and really see it---live it. And never give it back!
about newspaper trials and tribulations and my long career from lead moveable type to the digital age of newspaper production. I’m an eternal optimist so I really enjoyed meeting a room full of real Optimists. They meet every Friday morning at 7 a.m. and if you want to meet a fine group of happy men join them for breakfast. They have a separate auxiliary group for their wives, so it is one of the last male clubs in the area. I know that my Denver Lions Club has really benefitted having female members and the same with Rotary. But this is a super successful club and they are very, very active in the area. They recite their creed at the end of their meetings, and it is imprinted on a gift cup they presented me as the morning speaker. I’m reprinting it here because it is a priceless message for all. PROMISE YOURSELF: To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something to them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the beset, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of
the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of. yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. www.monacosouth.org *** Readers of this week’s Villager will find a reprint of Erma Bombeck’s famous column that we reprint every year. I had the pleasure of meeting her and have a letter on file from her accepting a speaking engagement with the Colorado Press Association convention decades ago at the Brown Palace. She was not so famous at the time and gave a memorable talk to a Sunday morning gathering with Brown Palace “milk punch” being served. Her message is now eternal. *** We enter the New Year “optimistic,” having the best past year in a decade as readers return to print and local news maybe tiring somewhat from the endless social media world. We’re thankful to our advertisers and subscribers who have kept our doors open for the past 38 years. We welcome 2020 and it should be a Happy New Year! firstname.lastname@example.org
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Reverend Martin Niemoller “In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak for me!”
QUOTE of the WEEK How do you know QUOTE theIfWEEK love is of gone? you said that you would be there at seven and you get there by nine, and he or she has not called the police yet - it’s gone. – Marlene Dietrich
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The violence continues As we bring 2019 to a close, the dark forces of gun violence continue to increase its deadly toll. 2019 will be record year for mass shooting leaving over 486 victims and 1,642 seriously wounded in over 409 mass shooting attacks. These deadly figures do not include the recent killing of a young man at the J.C. Penny’s shot at the Aurora Mall over the weekend. In addition, the recent shooting at the High West Freeman Church in Fort Worth suburb or the attack on in New
York during a Hanukkah celebrating at a rabi’s home leaving several people seriously wounded. Domestic terror attacks on ethnic and religious minorities have increased in numbers and lethality last year. Violent attacks on churches, Jewish temples and mosques have significantly increased leaving dead worshippers and grieving family members. In spite of President Trumps
pronouncement on the need for increases in resources at the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland security the efficacy of these two departments have been strand because of recent budget cut to their operations. Two years ago, the DHS office handling domestic terrorism threats managed the prevention of other terror threats to the U.S. homeland. At that time nearly $10 million was used for grant funding to local law enforcement agencies, employed 16
The people’s fight for open government BY ARRON HARBER
A major battle plays out daily in Colorado when government officials avoid disclosing information belonging to the people. Having fought on multiple fronts for public access, I am astonished by efforts making it difficult for journalists to do their jobs or for regular citizens to find out what is happening in their own communities. While many officials tout their belief in “transparency,” their actions often belie their words. They hide and obfuscate --- making decisions privately rather than publicly and making records difficult to obtain by delaying access, charging ludicrous amounts for “research” and copies, overly redacting information, and even not providing the information at all. The current public records debate is focused on how long government officials should retain their electronic records --primarily email correspondence and text messages. Current law generally allows each agency and political subdivision to set its own time period for when emails or texts can be deleted. As a result, some officials are deleting their correspondence after just 30 days! This makes no sense at all and contributes only to greater suspicion and distrust of government. In the past, one could argue the cost of storing voluminous amounts of information was exorbitant and deletion of certain records made sense. Today, the cost of electronic storage is so low an argument could be made that no deletions should ever occur. In 1980, a gigabyte of computer storage could cost $1 million. Today it’s 2 cents. The entire contents of the Library of Congress now could be stored on a device which costs only $500. Bureaucrats who argue storing all emails indefinitely would make responding to Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) requests difficult are disingenuous. Today’s search tools allow a user to easily and quickly find records. All Colorado government agencies should maintain email and text correspondence for a minimum of five years because
it can take that long before anyone even knows they need the information. A journalist or law enforcement investigation where malfeasance is a possibility, may take several years to unfold. Similarly, legal cases can take even longer to complete.
Government agencies also may try to provide information in a form which is unusable. In my first open records case (I was represented by future Colorado Attorney General and U.S. Senator Ken Salazar), I requested records in electronic form from a state
full-time employees, 25 contractor and a total operation budge of $21 million. According to recent congressional testimony, DHL officials said resources within the office comprise of “no contractors, and no other means of supporting existing programs beyond a team of eight dedicated, fulltime employees and an operating budget of $2.6 million.” These shocking revelations reflect a national security policy of not taking the increased threat of domestic terrorism very seriously. The growing threat of white supremacy and anti-govern-
ment groups that have already exacted deadly violence on American citizen are a clear threat to our democracy. As threats of domestic terrorism continues to grow, it seems logical that our government and congress should adequately fund those agencies that protect us from such threats. We must tell our elected official that this inadequate funding for these DHL anti-domestic programs must be adequately to carry on the mission of protecting these United States. Our very lives may depend on the actions these elected officials take.
government office. The office agreed the information I requested was public but wanted to print it on paper. This would result tens of thousands of pages of information which would be impossible to organize or analyze. It also would be an environmental disaster. Although I eventually won the case, by the time I
got the data, it no longer was useful. In a matter involving open meetings under the Colorado Sunshine Law, I informed a municipality it was against Colorado law for its governing board to meet in sessions about which citizens were given very limited notice. Only because I Continued on page 6
Government offices will be closed on Monday, January 20, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Join Commissioner Kathleen Conti for Conversations with a Commissioner, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Littleton Administration Building, 5334 S. Prince St. arapahoegov.com/calendar The Board of County Commissioners adopted a $430 million budget for 2020 that reflects the County’s commitments and realities. arapahoegov.com/budget
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Step back in time during a visit to a 155-year-old farm that served as an important resting stop for traveling pioneers in the 1860s. arapahoegov.com/17milehouse The Arapahoe County Treasurer’s Office will mail out tax notices to property owners beginning in January. arapahoegov.com/treasurer
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non-Christian faiths - and even some supposedly Christ based Christian faiths - are doing to destroy America’s once strong national faith. I can’t help but feel concerned for Justin Scott, the man who wrote the letter and even more so for his two children he mentions at the beginning of the letter. All of December those of us who believe sing songs about the great gift of Christ, our Lord and Savior, given to us by God us by God the Creator of all mankind. We also sing secular songs about this being the most wonderful time of the year. But for non-believers, especially those making public efforts to deny the existence of God, this is not the most wonderful of times. Many, attempting to deny the existence of God find themselves experiencing the same negative physical, mental and emotional Scott addresses to pastors. Their children, following the lead of their parents, surely must become tired of defending themselves against the questions and taunts of believing children of the same age. I am told that only about 30% of families in N’West Iowa actually practice their faith. Many individuals claim to be Christians, but fail to even occasionally participate in their local worship services and programs. The postulating letter from self-acclaimed Atheist Justin Scott should ring a warning to all true believers. Committed Christians must take a stand for their beliefs or suffer the consequences. Not just consequences for our nation but for each of us looking forward to the life still to come.
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An organized Atheist group reached out to Sibley Presbyterian Church’s Pastor Terry Simm a few days before Christmas. The contact, came in the form of a letter, addressed to Simm, the associate pastor and all church leaders, suggesting Simm and the others consider turning from their Christian faith. The printer produced, form letter came from the Iowa State Director for American Atheists Justin Scott of Denver, Iowa. It was accompanied by a simple handwritten card that pictured a bird in lightly falling snow and with the words “Winter Wishes.” Not Merry Christmas or even Happy Holidays but simply “Winter Wishes.” The author of the letter and card identified himself as Justin Scott of Denver, Iowa. No one knows why Simm was selected for the letter, but I suspect he was not the only N’West Iowa minister to receive one. Denver, a community of 1,780 is located in Bremer County close to Cedar Falls. Scott, a long-time advocate for the non-believer movement was appointed the American Atheists organization’s Iowa State Director when he attended a convention in Oklahoma Easter weekend. Scott’s letter to Pastor Simm was simple: “With the holiday season underway,” Scott wrote, “many religious leaders feel the pressure of ramping up their religiosity for not only their own congregation but the general public.” “This can become the cause of much grief, anxiety, and/or desperation for those religious leaders that have either begun
questioning their faith or have outright rejected it.” Scott said. But the promptings get worse. Atheist Scott goes on to suggest that some religious leaders are working in their church with the secret that they are in fact an atheist “going through the motions” within their church. Scott states to pastors receiving the letter that if “such a description fits the religious leader, they are not alone. America’s atheist organizations,” Scott writes, “are ready to provide tremendous amounts of support to those pastors who no longer hold the same religious beliefs they did at the time of their ordination.” “My goal,” Scott states, “is not to ‘out’ you to your congregation, but to reach out, reassure you and connect you with the resources that can help you navigate out of your difficult situation that most likely dominates your daily thoughts and creates many negative physical, mental and emotional effect as well.” Scott goes on to list a number of organizations ready to assist questioning pastors including “Recovering from Religion,” “The Clergy Project,” “The Secular Therapy Project” and his own organization “American Atheists.” Pastor Simm, who included information regarding the letter in his sermon last Sunday, was quick to reassure the congregation that he does not fit the description Scott assigns to Ministers of the Word. But Simms also reminded those of us in the congregation that we are God’s arms and legs in the world. As such, many of us are doing far less to expand Christ’s kingdom than the atheists and other
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the process to delay providing requested information. Officials know they ultimately will have to provide the information but are confident the information will be useless by the time it is provided. I once made an open records request and the government entity dragged me into court to fight the request knowing it would lose but also knowing the delay would result in my getting the information too late to be used effectively. So, although I won the case, the agency accomplished its goal of “running out the clock.” One solution would be
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to have an ombudsperson quickly size up situations and mediate an arrangement in a short time frame (e.g., within three business days of a request). If disputes were submitted to an ombudsperson and then went to court, the ombudsperson’s reports should be public to expedite a fair decision. While Coloradans’ interests in Open Government are led by organizations such as the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition (ColoradoFOIC.org), it now is up to Governor Jared Polis and the General Assembly to make our state’s commitment to Open Records and Open Meetings a full-fledged reality.
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GV Mayor Lantz celebrates 3rd annual Festival of Lights
More than 200 people came to celebrate RIGHT: Rabbi Avraham Mintz and Mayor George Lantz welcomed the community Photos by Freda Miklin
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On an unusually warm Dec. 23, Greenwood Village Mayor George Lantz, accompanied by City Council Member Judy Hilton, welcomed over 200 people to the city’s third annual Festival of Lights celebration. There were snacks for everyone and games and crafts for children who came from all around the area to enjoy the festivities. The Animal Farm Band sang and played music while children danced around. Also on hand to support their community were Ron Rakowsky, GV Mayor Emeritus, and Brent Neiser, chair Continued on page 8
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ABOVE, LEFT: A team effort at sawing a log. ABOVE: Hammer Time! ABOVE, RIGHT: John Jackson, GV City Manager trying not to have an “axeident”. LEFT: Mayor George Lantz and City Councilman Tom Dougherty address the crowd RIGHT: Kids enjoy a hot beverage and a warm fire.
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LEFT: GV Mayor George Lantz posed with former GV city council member and Villager reporter Freda Miklin and GV PTR commission chair Brent Neiser.
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Curtis Arts Center January exhibit
“The mountains are calling and I must go” is a common battle cry in Colorado. The mountains move us all to explore the beauty of our state. The Curtis Center for the Arts is proud to present “MTNS” a look at how
the mountains inspire twelve artists. These artists portray how mountain landscapes affect us physically and psychologically. Featured Artists include: Leslie Jorgensen, Beau Carey, George Kozmon, Elaine Coombs,
Pat Finley, Eden Kiel, Angela Bely, Jeff Aeling, Fawn Atencio, Chuck Parson, David Shingler and Ulrich Gleiter. The exhibit runs Jan. 11 through Feb. 22. A reception is scheduled for Sat., Jan. 6 from 6-8 pm.
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BY DONALD PETERSON Dear Readers, This week’s column is a follow-up regarding the advantages of using a charitable lead trust (CLT), regarding planned gifting. Donors use CLTs to accomplish the following: Accelerate an income tax
charitable deduction for future charitable gifts into the current tax year (qualified grantor lead trust); Pass property to heirs and beneficiaries at reduced transfer tax cost (qualified non-grantor lead trust); and Make charitable gifts beyond the federal income tax charitable deduction ceilings. A CLT, either a grantor or non-grantor variety, is not for everyone. They require extensive tax and legal expertise and usually benefit those with serious gift and estate tax considerations. A CLT can be a terrific option if a donor has an income-producing asset that has or will increase in value over time, the donor does not need the income from the asset, and the donor
wants the asset back eventually. Here are some of the CLT advantages: The donor receives a gift and estate tax deduction for the assets transferred to the trust (qualified grantor lead trust). CLT property can be transferred to the ultimate beneficiaries at a low transfer cost. Appreciation of the value of the trust will avoid gift and estate taxes (transfer taxes) when eventually received by the beneficiary (non-grantor lead trust). Management of transferred assets can be carried out by an institutional trustee, such as a bank or trust department. It is the best option if the donor has a moderate to large taxable estate.
The trust will hold assets with growth and income potential outside of the donor’s estate. The donor desires to pass certain assets to heirs or keep them in his or her estate, but also has charitable intent and wants to benefit his or her favorite charity. The types of trusts to select for planned gifting require tax and legal expertise and it is best to consult with an knowledgeable advisor, such as an attorney, financial planner or CPA to help structure the gift and select the appropriate legal documents to accomplish your goals. Selected information in this column has been taken with permission by Continuing Legal Education in Colora-
do, Inc., from the Colorado Senior Law Handbook, 2019 Edition (Chapter 18: Philanthropy and Planned Giving, Rikke M. Liska, Esq. and Mark D. Masters, Esq.), which is a copyrighted publication and may be accessed and downloaded for free at: www.cobar.org/For-the-Public/Senior-Law-Handbook.
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you if he does wander off. The MedicAlert + Safe Return program comes with a personalized ID bracelet that would have your husband’s medical information engraved on it, along with his membership number and the toll-free MedicAlert emergency phone number. If he goes missing, you would call 911 and report it to the local police department who would begin a search, and then report it to MedicAlert. Or, a Good Samaritan or police officer may find him and call the MedicAlert number to get him back home. The Vitals Aware Service works a bit differently. This is a free app-based network system that comes with a small beacon that your husband would wear. If he did go missing, anyone in the Vitals app network community that came within 80 feet of him would receive an alert and information about him so they could contact you. Another option that could help, depending on where you live, is a radio frequency locater service like SafetyNet and Project Lifesaver, which are offered by some local law enforcement agencies. With these services, your husband would wear a wristband that contains a radio transmitter that emits tracking signals. If he goes missing, you would contact the local authorities who would send out rescue personnel who will use their tracking equipment to locate him. Visit SafetyNetTracking.com and Projectlifesaver.org to see if these services are available in your community.
Especially during this time of year, the response to the question, “How are you?” is, “Busy.” When and why is this happening? We have more devices to be efficient. Certainly, we are not spending hours plowing fields or shepherding animals. The refrain, “Busy” is so overused, it almost feels like a status symbol or a way to let people know how valuable we are. Perhaps we are just not managing time well. Time is valuable, once used we will never it get back. It is also the great equalizer of humanity. No one gets to appropriate more time. Not even the uber wealthy can purchase an extra 24 hours. Managing this dwindling commodity, I have decided that in 2020, I am going to be on a massive hunt for people and things that are time-sucks. I am going to set boundaries with my time and ensure that I value it more than I have in the past. I am going to prioritize what is most important and ensure that I honor what I value. I am going to limit my time on social media and spend my time more wisely. Looking at my 2020 calendar, I have added fields that are missing. Each month I have added time for meetings, time for grants and contracts, time for problem solving, time to dream, time with my family, time for learning, time for giving, time for playing, time for relaxing and time to be still and wonder. I will spend time in gratitude and grace. Being intentional about my
time will result in joy and increased energy. It is my version of work-life balance and time management. Acknowledging that I am in control of my time, I am going to hold myself accountable to the boundaries regarding where I spend time and what I spend it on. I will create task lists and timelines with benchmarks so I can take baby steps toward big audacious goals and not get overwhelmed by what needs to get done. I will ask for help when I need it and not procrastinate. I will work hard to be accurate about estimating the time it takes to do a task and give myself margins so that I am not stressed. I will seek to multi-task when I can. For example, I will download books and podcasts on my phone so when I am in traffic or waiting at the doctor’s office, I can find pleasure rather than frustration in the time waiting. I will stay in the moment and be present and intentional about my time and I will forgive myself when I occasionally waste it. Managing time is hard. Many go through their entire lives without figuring it out. Taking back our power over time and how we spend it is almost more important than how we spend money. We can always make money, we cannot, however, make more time. Replacing the word, “Fine” with “Busy” should not be the new normal. Welcome to 2020! joneen@my relationshipcenter.org; www. myrelationshipcenter.org
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STORY AND PHOTOS BY GERRI SWEENEY, PUBLISHER
The Ladies of Philoptochos chapter of St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church decorated 33 fabulous tables this year.Tables Extraordinaire has grown from the humble beginnings of being an Ornament Exchange dinner into a four-day event which now includes: a public showcasing of the exquisitely decorated tablescapes; two Christmas Teas; an Evening of Merriment; a Luncheon;the Giving Tree; and the selling of homemade Greek pastries and food items. Philoptochos is dedicated to helping those in need. Its very name means “Friends to the Poor.” This year the chapter will distribute over $50,000 to local and national charities and individuals in need. This project has the blessing of Father Louis J. Christopulos.Officers of the chapter are President Jean Greos and her committee for 2019:
Elaine Cladis, Committee Chair; Vivian Bouqarelos, Liz Deligiannis, Gerda Gavrilis, Amanda Hesterman-Tschirki, Jane Holen, Elaine Karubus, Missy Katsoulas, Phyllis Kennebeck, Michele Krochta, Elaine McCoy, Evyan Maniatis, Karen Neal, Cathy Pardos, Valerie Ranahosseini, Natalie Sourial, Toula Stathopulos, Elaine Strompolos and Pam Weinroth, along with their committee helpers, families & friends, bakers, hostesses, office staff, facilities staff, event volunteers, shuttle van drivers and parking lot attendants and the clergy. The church is blessed to have Reverent Protopresbyter Louis J. Christopulos, Reverent Protopresbyter Paul Fedec, Reverend Thomas Bartz and Reverent Deacon John Kavas. Saint Catherine Creek Orthodox Church is located at 5555 S. Yosemite Street in Greenwood Village.
“A Little Magic in Every Snowflake” designed by Elaine McCoy, pictured, and Katherine Finch with London china.
“Merry and Bright” designed by Vivian Bouzarelos, Mimi Bouzarelos and Doris Matzakos. Taken from the movie “It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood featuring Mr. Rodgers in the outdoor and indoor scenes - this cleaver table was designed by Phyllis Kennebeck, pictured, and Theann Sandos.
LEFT: Michele Krochta, cochair of baked goods, pictured, shows off one of many packaged goodies - be it Koulourakia, Kourambiethaes, Finikia or Baklava. Cochair of the baked goods was Missy Katsoulas.
“What’s It All About Elphie?” Designed by Marsha Christopulos and Elaine Cladis.
RIGHT: “The Furs Noel” was designed by Nicole Maniatis and Natalie Shallow. Showing off two of the fur wraps are Nicole Maniatis and Stacey Dorrance, left.
ABOVE: “Family is The Silver Lining Of Christmas” designed by Elaine Williams and Jamie Armatas. LEFT: “Sailing Away” designed by Hostesses Daughters of Penelope, Elaine Karubus and Christine Skogen. FAR LEFT: “Time To Ketchup - It’s Christmas” by B.K. Maniatis. RIGHT: “20/20 in Sight” was the vision of Evyan Maniatis and Elaine Strompolos.
The coffee shop hostesses were Karen Neal, Stacie Wade, Elaine Karubus and Mandi Hesterman. Visitors enjoyed Greek pastries and coffee or tea before or after the beautiful tables tour.
“Seas N Greetings” designed by Natalie Sourial, pictured, and Sarah Sourial.
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on. Bo was an athlete, lettering in three sports in high school, and was nicknamed “Bo” because he sang Cheyenne Bodie on the team bus. He was the son of a Church of Christ preacher and sang in a gospel quartet. He attended Pepperdine and Indiana State. When Bo’s dad was hired by a church in Denver, the family moved to Colorado. Lynne’s dad was a dentist and one of his famous patients was Gerald Ford. She was also an avid sportswoman - an equestrian who showed horses and enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting and fishing with her dad. Later in life, after injuries sidelined her activities with horse competition, she took up her second favorite sport – golf. Lynne attended Northwestern journalism school to pursue a degree in
Bo & Lynne Cottrell
sports writing. (She had been a reporter for her high school and scorekeeper for the baseball team and was a sports correspondent for the Grand Rapids Herald). She covered the Detroit Red Wings since her favorite sport was hockey. Not thrilled with the program at Northwestern - thinking she was ahead of her time - she transferred to Michigan State and pursued her second career favorite – teaching. She was Varsity Queen and a member of Gamma Phi Beta. With her degree in hand, she traveled to Aspen and fell in love with Colorado and was hired by Denver Public Schools. She taught school for 13 years in Denver and Dillon. She was a ski instructor at the first ski school in Keystone and opened a riding school there. She got her first taste of politics in Dillon serving on city council and being Dillon’s
treasurer. than these pages, but included Lynne and Bo met in 1963 are some of the most colorful and he was drafted by the (even though some of the picU.S. Army that same year. tures are in black and white). He was a military policeman. Neither Lynne nor Bo set out After both had married and to meet and be a part of the each had two vast celeb“Bo and Lynne Cottrell define children and rity circles, patriotism for their country and divorced, politicians passion to make a difference in they met the lives of those who have served and famous again in 1979 and sacrificed for freedom! For people at Taylor’s whose condecades they have rallied the Supper Club community to support the families nections where Bo of the fallen through the Tragedy mushwas perform- Assistance Program for Survivors roomed ing. Bo had into the (TAPS) and now we are proud to already been successful join the community in rallying involved in events their to honor them! Congratulations, philanthropic volunteerBo and Lynne from your TAPS endeavors and ing and cofamilies around the country!” when they ordination - Bonnie Carroll, TAPS Founder/ married in brought CEO, Washington, D.C. 1980 on Valabout. entine’s Day, she joined his Even at this stage of life, they efforts. can’t say no! To share all their accomTheir walls are filled with plishments and intriguing fame. They have boxes of history would take far more plaques expressing apprecia-
Bonnie Carroll, founder of TAPS with Bo and Lynne at Famous memories don’t just include people. Here equestrian one of the Celebrity Classic Lynne and her daughter Holly pose with race horse Secretariat. Golf Tournaments
Bo Cottrell with Bob Goen, host of Entertainment Tonight ABOVE: The original Lawmen – Bo Cottrell, John Grout and Noel Fryberger LEFT: The Leavonworth album cover was photographed at Jefferson County Jail but the trio actually performed at Leavonworth (Jail Songbirds as they were called) RIGHT: Cartay Records cover for The Lawmen’s first hit Darn Good Country and on the flip side: The Code (I Am My Brother’s Keeper)
tion and thousands of photos and albums commemorating memories. Both are entrepreneurs and attract volunteers. Both are fulfilled by helping others including emergency rescues. They are members of a mutual admiration team! When he was a police detective with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Bo wanted to start a choir to help as a PR venture to educate junior and senior high students about policemen. Instead of a choir, The Lawmen, as they were called for 23 years, was a country, folk, rock and patriotic trio who visited schools and various organizations with volunteer performances, later becoming a regional act. At the time, The Lawmen were probably the only all cop band in the world. Paul Harvey talked about them and they were written about all over this country, Europe and
U.S. Congressman Don Brotzman, President Richard Nixon with The Lawmen John Grout, Jerry Carter and Bo Cottrell at the White House request for the crooners to receive recognition
Major General Felix Dupre and wife Lin with the Cottrells at TAPS 2016
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Sponsors surround Joan Mazak who started Make- A -Wish in Colorado with Eddie Johnson and Bo Cottrell
The Cottrells with President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush
East Asia. In 1970 when they recorded the hit Darn Good Country, President Nixon flew then to the Oval Office for recognition and lunch. “I enjoyed being a policeman,” said Bo. “I knew when to be tough. I caught a few bad guys.” After The Lawmen’s headquarters at Taylor’s Supper Club – there was Bo & Eddie’s Bar & Grill (Eddie Johnson was a Littleton dentist) on Leetsdale. Bo and Eddie were active in golf tournaments for Make-A-Wish Foundation. Bo also volunteered for Easter Seals, United Cerebral Palsy (Jake Jabs Celebrity Golf Classic) Kops ‘n Kids Golf Tournament, Stock Show Jubilee, Mt. Saint Vincent, American Cancer Society (Bo and Eddie were named Rookies of the Year) and Bo was Grand Marshall for a City of Lakewood Parade. The Lawmen were Men of the Year for a Jefferson County publication. He was also Chair of the Colorado State Parole Board, served on the Colorado Office of Economic Development under Governor Bill Owens and served as chair of Arapahoe County Republican Party. In 1990, he was presented with the “Point of Light” award by President George H.W. Bush for his charitable efforts. Bo’s comprehensive biography was read in to the Congressional Record of the 107th in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 2001 by Congressman Tom Tancredo. In 2007, he was inducted into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame. Lynne served on the Colorado Hunter Jumper Association Board, had three different horse farms in Parker where she trained and taught riding. Much of Lynne’s volunteer work has been in politics when she wasn’t working with Bo on one of his charity projects. She worked on the Grand Prix Party for Make-AWish. Her strength is training
and organizational skills. She has effectively developed party training programs, running fundraising events, serving on boards and working on ballot initiatives. Some of her events include Lincoln Day Dinners, Mort Marks Roast, plenty of silent auctions, and in 2017 co-chairing the Donald Trump Inaugural Ball in Denver. (“Look for another in 2021,” she quipped.) She was also chair of the Arapahoe County Republican Party. Both Lynne and Bo have a passion for TAPS (Tragedy Assistant Project for Survivors).”My passion for TAPS has grown even stronger over the years as I have gotten to know survivors and develop close relationships with some. I have been able to see firsthand the remarkable things TAPS does for families. Helping them heal and move on with their lives.” TAPS aids families and friends left behind by those who served in uniform and made the ultimate sacrifice. When Lynne and Bo were first approached to coordinate the Colorado events, they declined. But when Bo received a call from a friend saying he could not have withstood the mourning of his son’s death without TAPS, that conversation tugged at their hearts and they signed on. Being friends with Gary Morris via Taylor’s Supper Club helped bring tremendous support and appearances from other celebrities making the annual event for TAPS a huge, much-anticipated success hosting the Gatlin Brothers, Pat Boone, Pam Tillis and Michael Murphy to name a few. Local philanthropists Bill Coors, Pete Coors and Jake Jabs were among those to heed the early call. Congratulations Bo and Lynne Cottrell on all your awards, accolades, passion and successes! We are glad you didn’t say no.
BELOW: Former Arapahoe County Republican Party Chair Lynne Cottrell, Arapahoe County GOP Chair Dorothy Gotlieb and Lori Horn at the county’s 2019 holiday party
Bo and Lynne Cottrell with a member of the Coors Chuckwagon Crew from Amarillo in 2014. That year the couple was awarded TAPS’ highest honor – The Soldier’s Cross for having generated $3 million over nine years, at the time, for TAPS.
Lynne and Jewell Hargrave surround Steve Grove at whose ranch the 2019 Arapahoe County BBQ was held
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Memphis and Nashville. Does that part of the country shed any light on music appreciation? For instance, Carl Perkins (who wrote Blue Suede Shoes, had a son named Greg who just happened to be Tony’s best friend. Joe Arnold, son of Eddie Arnold was Tony’s barber. There was a large core of talent in the area, so Tony knew a lot about music, met Johnny Cash at a party and of course, grew up listening to and enjoying Elvis. Tony was also a catalyst, bringing everyone together even at a young age (and still is). His uncles were members of the KKK. His dad moved the family to Florida for two years where there was no racism. As a ninth grader, he was already active and gifted in sports at Godby High School in Tallahassee. Although he got a taste of perform-
ing in the school play Sound of Music, he was more passionate about sports at the time. He did learn to play guitar at age 13 and his sister sang. “But Denver is where I cut my teeth on everything,” said Tony. The family moved to Littleton in 1972 and he attended Arapahoe High School. In 1981, he received his business degree from CU and went into the telecom business in 1982 where he has flourished. However, he was 38 years old before singing on stage. From 1994 to present, he has been singing, expanding his repertoire from one memorized song to 1,500. “Singing has opened so many doors,” said the crooner. It all began with a bet – a contest at Aunt Evelyn’s the original Aurora Summit. If he won, Tony would sing one song at The Stardust in Las Vegas with The Fortunes (of Here Comes
That Rainy Day Feeling Again fame). He won, he sang in Vegas and even received tickets to the Wayne Newton Show and many saw a resemblance. The Glass Menagerie (he had also sung one number with them in the Lounge at The Stardust), playing at the new Aurora Summit Steakhouse asked if he would sing during their breaks. That lasted ten years. Then he formed his vocal band WildeFire,15 years ago, named because that song Wildfire, by Michael Martin Murphy, was always his closing number. Kerry Edwards and Pam Hughes were the original members. Susan Skojek and Marla Downer have filled in. Bo Cottrell was his first music manager. His goal was to make the song sound like that of the original artist. That goal was accomplished and some accused the band of lip-syncing – a compliment. He has supported charities such as Make-A-Wish Foundation (and board member), Green Beret Foundation, Combat Vets Motorcycle Association, Denver Assistance League and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Since his family had served in the military since 1912, he was drawn to the mission of TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) and became a passionate contributor to its fundraisers. The Tony David Volunteer of the Year Award was named for him and he was
Tony with wife Dani
ABOVE: Sock Hop Night at WildeFire Bistro ABOVE, INSET, LEFT: General Milley’s Challenge Coin TOP, INSET: One of his prized coins from 39th Army Chief of Staff Mark A. Milley
ABOVE: Tony with Special Forces RIGHT: One of Tony’s early performance posters
the first recipient. Over his 25+ year singing career, he has gathered challenge coins exchanged with the famous, performed for several hours at a time without a break, been honored to perform with or share a stage with incredible people including Michael
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In 2016 Tony presented the Tony David Volunteer of the Year awards to Amanda Martin and Kerry Edwards at the TAPS signature fundraiser. He also received the Soldier’s Cross from TAPS.
Martin Murphy, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Gary Morris, Pat Boone, The Fortunes, The Glass Menagerie, Pam Tillis, Richie McDonald, Darryl Worley, and Eddie Raven. His talent has also led to opportunities to explore the bowels of Washington, D.C. and perform for such military officials as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, General George Dempsey, new Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Mark A. Milley, General Robert Neller and others. Wanting to have his own supper club in which to perform, he owned WildeFire
Bistro in Aurora for a time, He still sings a bit of everything, except hard rock, heavy metal and rap. He does two free events per year and offers the band for various live auctions. He speaks fondly of the friends and fans he has gathered and is proud to have performed for various high profile political candidates, Dean Singleton’s Private Party, Bob and Gerri Sweeney’s 50th wedding anniversary, Pete Coors, Jake Jabs, Arlene Johnson, Colorado First Lady Frances Owens and more. He is so in demand that AAA Colorado named a cruise for him and this past year, his
second to perform, the destination was Bermuda. Because he loves people and has developed precious friendships, performing at the services of a friend who has passed has been extremely emotional over the years. But, he has done it willingly at the family’s request. Last year alone, there were six memorial or celebration of life events. In 2006, he married Dani. He has two biological children to add to her four and they have ten grandchildren. Congratulations, Tony David! We are so honored to honor you for giving back, sharing your beautiful sounds and big heart!
Tony was emcee with Colorado’s Ms. Senior America Michelle Rahn (2004) when his dear friend, the late Gayle Novak was crowned Ms. Colorado Senior in 2018. Left is Colorado’s Pageant Director Rene Green. He also performed at The Queen’s Tea.
Actor and philanthropist Gary Sinise with Tony
Gary Morris and Tony
In addition to the Denver event, Tony David and WildeFire performed in Colorado Springs for TAPS
Clockwise at Western Fantasy 2019: Dani and Tony David, Pat Robinson and her brother Dean Singleton
Tony’s Challenge Coin case – each coin exchanged with a story, part of his military display- a mini museum
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with amplifier and woofer for the outdoor younger generation. For some unknown reason the vehicle scored an overall four-star safety rating with a three star for passenger frontal crash score, unusual for Toyota products that usually score a perfect five-star National Highway Safety Administration rating. The heavy rear cargo door has a strap to close rather than the usual button to close and is manually operated to open as well. This 4Runner drives well, has overall good acceleration, really easy to shift from 2-wheel to 4-wheel drives and is an excellent outdoor winter vehicle. It would seem to appeal more to younger male drivers and to outdoor enthusiasts with the wide assortment of rugged weather and trail features.
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ARAPAHOE COUNTY ARAPAHOE COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CASE NO. LR19-003, COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT FOR THE DIRT TRACK URBAN RESERVE AREA PROPOSAL The Arapahoe County Planning Division is proposing an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan that would change the boundary of the Dirt Track Urban Reserve Area, reducing the urban reserve by about one-half. This Urban Reserve currently covers the parcels located at 2050 and 2280 S County Road 201 in Arapahoe County. The subject properties being considered for this Plan Amendment are located generally south of I-70 and east of Peoria Crossing Road (County Road 201). The new boundary for the Urban Reserve would keep the existing northern boundary along the railroad right-of-way but move the southern boundary about 2,000 feet north of E. Yale Road. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on January 21, 2020, the Arapahoe County Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing at 6:30 P.M., or as soon as possible thereafter, at 6954 S Lima St., Arapahoe Room, Centennial, CO 80112; at which, all interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard concerning the above-described application for Case No. LR19-003.
Lima St., Centennial, CO 80112, or by calling 720-874-6650 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Joan Lopez, Clerk to the Board Published in The Villager Published: January 2, 2020 Legal # 9441 ___________________________ _
COURTS DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF ARAPAHOE, STATE OF COLORADO 7325 South Potomac Street Centennial, Colorado 80112 (303) 649-6355 Telephone
PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO, Petitioner, IN THE INTEREST OF: SAMARIA OWENS, Child,
NOTICE OF ADJUDICATORY HEARING AND DEFAULT JUDGMENT PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that an Adjudicatory Hearing regarding JOHN DOE is set for January 13, 2020 at 11:30 A.M. in Division 22 at the Arapahoe County District Court, 7325 South Potomac Street, Centennial, Colorado 80112. You have the right to be represented by an attorney during these proceedings; if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to represent you. In the event you fail to appear for said hearing at the date and time indicated, the Petitioner, the People of the State of Colorado, will request that the Court enter a default judgment against you and adjudicate the child (ren) dependent and neglected in accordance with the Colorado Children’s Code. Date: December 23, 2019
and concerning NICOLE OWENS AND JOHN DOE Respondents. Tamra Joanne White, Esq., Reg. #22049 Senior Assistant County Attorney Attorney for Petitioner 14980 East Alameda Drive, Aurora, CO 80012 Tel: (303) 636-1884 Fax: (303) 636-1889
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– and access is already one of the key issues plaguing our state. The public option would worsen healthcare for Coloradans – not improve it.” Regarding Brief #2, Sengenberger continued: “Colorado faces a chronic physician shortage impacting more than one million Coloradans, especially in rural communities. In addition to rejecting the public option, policymakers must work to empower existing medical providers to offer more and better care to their patients, at lower cost. That is why this brief proposes two key ideas: expanding access to telemedicine and loosening the restrictions on physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Telehealth services offer tremendous potential for rural providers, for example, who may find providers a great distance away. Loosening red tape on nurse practitioners also makes sense; while not replacements for physicians, peer-reviewed studies consistently show they deliver licensed care as safely and effectively as physicians.”
These briefs will be provided to legislators in the New Year. On behalf of MPC, Sengenberger has presented some of the ideas contained in Brief #2 in a panel discussion at the 2019 State of Reform Conference held in Denver in October. Sengenberger also discussed the topic in a November 4 column for Colorado Politics. This is the latest work MPC has embarked on related to healthcare. The think tank’s most extensive healthcare work – its Revitalizing Healthcare Initiative – was conducted in 2017 during the Obamacare “repeal and replace” debate. At that time, MPC offered an extensive set of proposals for reform as well as analyses of select Republican proposals at the time. The Millennial Policy Center seeks to offer practical, principled solutions to our nation’s policy challenges, with an emphasis on reaching out to and representing the Millennial Generation (born 1981-1998). moretoinformation —For Continued next page — visit www.MillennialPolicyCenter. org.
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