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function Who said a protective mask shouldn’t be fun, fashionable and express who you are? Well, masks from these two creative sources will have you doing looking the part!
Dancer from Colorado Dancesport wears an embellished mask to match the dress from Santos Designs
Hannah Reyes, age 13, sells and donates masks through her business HER Designs. She also provides great advice for these challenging times: “Use your time for random acts of kindness without any expectation of return.”
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When you need a mask, who you gonna call? I called upon my friends made through membership in Fashion Group International - Denver and friends of in the beauty business. From playful
to perfectly elegant, I discovered an entirely new industry built on giving first – creating for a cause – and fashion for a good reason. No need to sacrifice form and beauty for function. Playboy jumped on
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Economic forecast presents lots of challenges BY FREDA MIKLIN GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
On May 21, the Common Sense Institute (CSI), formerly the Common Sense Policy Roundtable, held its regular Eggs and the Economy breakfast meeting remotely, leaving folks to provide their own eggs. CSI provided important facts and figures to help understand what lies ahead for business and government in the next two years. As expected, there will be mountains to climb before our state and our country can return to the economic strength that we enjoyed before the coronavirus pandemic came calling and enveloped us all. Katie Wilkins, chief economist for the state legislature’s non-partisan Colorado Legislative Council Staff, who formerly served as regional economist for the Federal Reserve Bank spoke first. Wilkins presented a forecast update prepared on May 12 that accounted for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “What
This chart shows state general fund losses in dollars and percentages for the current year and the next two years.
we’ve seen is the economy fall off a cliff, frankly, relative to our March (2020) expectations of just a minor contraction in economic activity, she said.” GDP (gross domestic product) for 2020 is now expected to drop by 5.6 percent, due to the huge and unexpected pullback in consumer activity, concentrated in the second quarter of 2020, because of the pandemic. “It’s a really sizable contraction of
ual income tax, 27 percent from sales and use tax, seven percent from corporate income tax, and the remaining five percent from other sources. The largest areas of expenditures from Colorado’s general fund are K-12 education (36 percent), health care (26 percent), higher education (nine percent) and human services (nine percent). A participant asked Wilkins about the possibility of dipping into the state’s TABOR emergency reserve. She explained that those assets are illiquid and would require the state to sell buildings, however, after drawing it down, it could institute emergency taxes.
This chart compares the shape of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to 2008 recession and illustrates the expected shape of the recovery.
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economic activity. What’s baked into that is a pretty extreme pullback in consumer activity, in particularly consumption of services, though a lot of durable goods also saw a radical decline during the shutdown period.” The monetary stimulus from the federal government has provided somewhat of a cushion. As businesses reopen gradually, overall activity and consumer spending will rise, but remain constrained by ongoing restrictions to prevent a resurgence of the virus. Wilkins’ forecasts assume an effective treatment for the virus within 12 to 18 months and no additional widespread outbreaks or the return of stay-at-home orders. Labor markets are expected to improve compared to current levels but “remain weak in 2020 and 2021.” Pre-COVID levels of economic activity are not expected to be seen “until at least late 2021 or 2022, if not later.” Inflation is not expected to be a problem “as low energy prices, low global demand offset global supply constraints.” The State of Colorado is projected to end the current fiscal year on June 30 with an $896 million budget deficit and is anticipating a $3.3 billion shortfall in the fiscal year July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. That amount can be altered by higher or lower spending than is anticipated at this time. State general fund revenue collections will decline with the contraction in business and household income and reduced consumer activity. Compared to what economists forecast just two months ago, they now see a decline of $893 million in this fiscal year ending June 30, $2.42 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021, and $2 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022. Our state gets 61 percent of its general fund revenue from individ-
Asked if she was “predicting a v-shaped recovery” (meaning the economy would rise as quickly as it fell) Wilkins said that It may look that way on the graph she used in her presentation but it won’t feel like it, because of the sheet magnitude of the decline. Next to speak was Patty Silverstein, president and chief economist of Development Research Partners in Littleton and consulting chief economist to the Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors, who presented forecasts for nonresidential and multifamily new construction activity for 2020 to 2024 by region in Colorado and statewide. She explained that the demand for office, industrial, and healthcare properties was influenced by the employment forecast and that those numbers remained positive through 2024, noting that 31 percent of all employees in Colorado work in offices. She predicts that the average annual square feet of overall industrial space added in 2020-2024 will be 3.42 million square feet compared to 5.17 million square feet added in 2014-2019, a decrease of 34 percent. Within those numbers is a fourfold increase in the Colorado Springs area and a 19 percent increase in northern Colorado accompanied by a 65 percent decline in metro Denver. For the state as a whole, Silverstein forecasts an 11.5 percent decline in average annual additional healthcare square footage needs in 2020-2024 compared to 2014-2019 due to slower employment growth and the move toward more off-campus urgent care and outpatient surgery centers owing to the high cost of health care space. That mix includes a decline in new health care square footage in metro Denver of 24 percent, an increase of 15 percent in northern Colorado,
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and zero additional health care square footage in the Colorado Springs area during 2020-2024, which added 278,000 square feet between 2014 and 2019. The demand for average annual retail growth statewide is projected to decline from 2.55 million square feet in 2014-2019 to 1.58 million square feet in 2020-2024. The most significant declines percentage-wise are predicted in metro Denver, where the demand is predicted to decrease from 1,521,000 square feet annually to 845,000. In Pueblo, no new retail square footage is seen this year or in the next four years, after experiencing average annual growth of 59,000 square feet of retail between 2014 and 2019. In Grand Junction, retail added an average of 36,000 square feet annually for the past five years and is predicted to add only 5,000 square feet this year and in each of the next four years. Silverstein also presented data on the need for new space for higher education around the state. While new square footage needs are forecast to decline in nearly all other areas of our state including, notably, northern Colorado, metro Denver’s needs are predicted to double, 377,000 square feet annually from 2020-2024, compared to only 183,000 each year from 2014-2019. Looking at multi-family construction, the average annual new units needed between 2019-2024 are lower in metro Denver, northern Colorado, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo compared to the period of 2014-2018. Only Grand Junction and rural Colorado are seen as having increased needs for multi-family construction from 2019-2024. Simon Lomax, Energy Resources Fellow for the Common Sense Institute, talked about the strong negative relationship between increasing pressure to enlarge setbacks for oil and gas productions around the state and the all-important state and local tax revenues supplied by the industry. Colorado is the fifth largest oil producing state and the sixth largest natural gas producing state in the country. (Editor’s note: We will look at that issue more closely in next week’s Villager Newspaper). The final participant in the panel was state Senator Bob Rankin from Carbondale, a member of the all-important Joint Budget Committee (JBC) of the legislature that prepares the draft budget each year. After listing all the different places the JBC is looking at for budget cuts to meet the huge deficit facing the state, Rankin expressed his frustration with the numbers when he said, “You take all those and subtract them from the budget and you get the first two or three hundred thousand dollars, and now you need two billion more in cuts. That’s about what it’s like…We’re throwing widows and orphans out on the street.” Of course, he didn’t mean that literally. Over 50 people listened to the presentation remotely, including NextGen’s Charlie McNeil, real estate developer and civic leader Buz Koelbel, University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl, AMG National Trust Bank’s Earl Wright, Arapahoe County Commissioner Kathleen Conti, and Republican political consultant Dick Wadham. Fmiklin.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cleaning on the front line of COVID-19 Centura environmental services keeping patients and providers safe Professionally cleaning hospitals has always involved a rigorous process with hospital grade disinfectants, but Centura environmental services (EVS) teams are working even harder with coronavirus in mind. EVS personnel wear full protective
gear, including an N95 mask, face shield, gown, two layers of gloves, shoe coverings and other equipment, with the goal of eliminating viruses and germs to protect caregivers, patients and all who enter. “Their role may be different, but no less important in the battle against COVID-19,” stated Dr. Stephen Cobb, Denver area Chief Medical Officer. “The environmental services team works closely
with our clinical team to coordinate cleaning and disinfecting of patient rooms and all public areas of the facility. We couldn’t achieve good patient outcomes without them.” To work in a hospital setting, EVS professionals have trained for the cleaning and disinfecting of rooms used by people with potentially contagious illnesses, with the pandemic underway, these pre-existing protocols have
been enhanced even further. While standard cleaning in common areas (nurse’s stations, the ER and visitor areas) occur daily, since the pandemic began EVS teams have conducted this same thorough cleaning four times a day, taking cleaning to the next level. “The nature of their work is meticulous. They focus on high touch points determined by the CDC such as Elevator buttons, waiting room chairs, remote controls, door
handles and other frequently touched surfaces,” explains Dr. Cobb. “They’ve always put safety at the forefront, and they take their work very seriously. We’re grateful for that!” Whether an OR, patient room, Emergency Department room, nurse’s station or common area, Centura EVS teams clean to CDC standards. These professionals are on the front lines and work with courage and compassion for all those we serve.
GV eases rules for restaurants to use adjacent outside spaces for the summer BY FREDA MIKLIN GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
On May 19, Governor Jared Polis issued draft rules for opening restaurants for review and comment in anticipation of the issuance of final rules on May 25. The proposed guidelines require utilization of reservations and contactless payment to the extent possible, minimum spacing of eight feet between tables, parties limited to no more than six people, and clear markings for queue spacing. On May 18, Greenwood Village Deputy City Manager John Sheldon told the GV city council that restaurants and bars in the city have been closed for on-premises consumption since March 17. He noted that “food services in GV account for approximately 18 percent of GV’s sales, use, and occupational privilege tax, or approximately $6.8 million (annually).” So as to allow GV restaurants ample time to prepare to open under the final rules as soon as possible after May 25, Sheldon recommended that the city council approve a proposed resolution that would make it easier for them to get a permit from the city to serve more customers by utilizing space “adjacent to their building for onsite consumption…on sidewalks and parking lots.” Sheldon noted that the Colorado Restaurant Association supported the resolution, which would last until September 8. Tonya Haas Davidson, GV city attorney, explained that under the temporary rules, applicants will only need to submit a diagram of the proposed additional eating area with their application for a permit, rather than detailed architectural drawings. They would be allowed to have fewer total parking places than under normal conditions. Also temporarily waived is the requirement that eating areas and parking areas be at least six feet apart. City Council Member Jerry Presley clarified that the action was being adopted to assist and support GV’s businesses, not just to maximize city revenues. Council Member Libby Barnacle noted her agreement. City Council Member Dave Bullock stated that the resolution was also being adopted “to get the economy going again.” He further noted that “it’s becoming fairly apparent that there are legal challenges to many of these stay-at-home orders and there are judges across the country that have actually ruled stay-at-home or-
“Some of these businesses have been able to adapt and provide curbside carry-out and delivery, but not all of them. This has resulted in significant revenue losses to businesses in Greenwood Village.”
ders unconstitutional.” He was careful to point out that he was not encouraging any action that would defy rules in place in Colorado. Bullock continued,
“We also recognize that there is individual responsibility. For people who are concerned about their health, then they shouldn’t be going to restau-
rants. For people who aren’t as concerned, they will make that individual choice,” adding, “With what’s happening with these legal challenges, with
what’s happening with rulings in the courts, the world could be very different, our country could be very different in the next month or two. We have to be prepared to respond to that. I believe that this is a good measured response to what we can do right now, but I also believe that we need to be prepared to make other decisions as, perhaps, court rulings come down.” Fmiklin.email@example.com
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Proceed at your own risk I pulled on I-25 last week and traffic had returned to normal, a bustling freeway filled with trucks and busy Americans back on the move. It was a light at the end of the tunnel that this great nation was going to bounce back quickly. We have the greatest military in recent history, but we were caught flat footed in this germ warfare pandemic. There was little defense against this hidden enemy that has swept around the world by a careless accident or calculated Chinese plot. While investigations are underway, hopefully the deaths will be deemed accidental. It doesn’t seem to make much
sense that the Chinese would want to kill and destroy their worldwide customers. Their biggest human error was the secrecy and protecting their country while letting virus infected people travel abroad. Thanks to President Trumps quick action to stop Chinese flights into the United States very early in the pandemic stage. It is easy for pundits to now criticize leadership from the white house down to the courthouse, but that is looking back. In my opinion the nation has responded very quickly and gallantly from our medical professionals and first responder teams. President Trump and
Governor Polis have done everything in their power to save lives and protect citizens. Now we must look forward, this pandemic may, or may not be over. We have all complied with the emergency actions of the state and federal governments. It is now time to make a personal choice in our lives, stay home if fearful or go forth and proceed with caution and common sense. I much prefer the latter and believe we now have to save the country from economic disaster. Doctors have been saving lives and now we need working brave Americans and free enterprise to save the country. The economic impact is all encompassing and a disaster to state and federal budgets. Unless the virus returns with massive number of new cases
Something to ponder: George Carlin George Carlin’s wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin - comedian of the 70’s and 80’s - could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate. An observation by George Carlin: The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry,
stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things. We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more
computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete. Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Flattening the curve – done, now what? Once upon a time the term “flattening the curve” referred to the latest diet craze. Today it’s part of our everyday lingo, introduced by the public health “experts” guiding our response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Everyone has seen the curves. The steep curve means more cases, hospitalizations, or deaths, depending on what is being measured, over a shorter period of time. A flatter curve spreads everything out over weeks to months. The purpose of flattening the curve is to prevent overwhelming the medical system, specifically avoiding a shortage of ICU beds or ventilators, necessitating difficult rationing decisions for these scarce resources. A flatter curve keeps medical demand below sup-
ply, but it prolongs the pandemic. Regardless of the curve shape, the area beneath the two curves is the BY BRIAN C. same, which means JOONDEPH that the number of hospitalizations or deaths is similar, regardless of whether the curve is flat or steep. America successfully flattened the curve. Hospitals were not overwhelmed, despite being busy, particularly in viral hot spots like New York City. Although models predicted catastrophic shortages of ventilators, no patient in the US who needed a ventilator was denied one. Makeshift hospitals built in Denver, Seattle, and New York were unneeded and unused. We successfully flattened the curve but now what? Over time more and more people are exposed to
the virus, herd immunity develops, and the virus burns itself out as there are fewer potential people to infect. Now may be the time to lessen restrictions, stop the stay-at-home orders, allow businesses to reopen, although sensibly with precautions, like distancing, remaining in place. Yet many states refuse to reopen. Oregon plans to stay shut down until July 6, Michigan wants residents to stay at home through June 12. Cases are declining in most regions, but governors and mayors want to keep their economies closed. Is this about the virus or something else? I contend it’s about the upcoming presidential election. President Trump had the strongest economy in history yet in a few short weeks, unemployment and GDP are in great depression territory. What better way to defeat an incumbent president than with an
and deaths we must move forward and restart our schools, open churches, commence sports, and open restaurants and bury our dead among families and friends. We may have learned a tragic lesson from this hidden enemy attack. We were very ill prepared for this new hidden warfare. Our scientists’ will seek new vaccines to protect against this coronavirus, maybe with some luck and diligence we can find a cure for the common cold and basic flu that quietly kills thousands of people annually without the fanfare. What about this emphasis on a cure for cancer, the biggest threat to all of our lives and loved ones? This is a wakeup call for American health and safety.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent. Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away. – George Carlin economy on life support? Yet look at the collateral damage. Business small and large are closing, life savings are being lost, suicide, alcohol abuse, depression, and domestic violence are rapidly rising. Trump can’t hold his rallies, so effective at jazzing up his base. Joe Biden can be kept hidden, doing only short interviews from his basement with fawning reporters, reducing the chance of him saying something stupid. The economic carnage becomes an excuse for federal bailouts to the states. These all provide incentive, particularly for blue states, to extend their shutdowns indefinitely. This is the latest chapter in the “Get Trump” scheme, from Stormy Daniels and Trump Tower meetings, to the Mueller investigation and bogus impeachment. The Chinese coronavirus has conveniently derailed Trump’s agenda, or has it? Is this all a coincidence? Was the goal to flatten the curve or flatten Trump’s reelection prospects?
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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!”
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Arapahoe County unveils CARES Act relief plan Federal funds will be shared with the County’s 13 communities SUBMITTED BY ARAPAHOE COUNTY
This week, the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing distribution of the approximately $114.5 million the County received from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds will be used to bolster our communities’ re-
actions such as continued social distancing, avoidance of large gatherings, and support for high risk populations to remain in safe environments • Establishing data-driven decision-making models to assess public health, hospital surge and capacity, and economic success • Funding direct COVID-19 costs in a manner that minimizes County liability, and recognizes multiple grant streams and funding opportunities. “We recognize that the
services. While the CARES Act does not require any local government to transfer funds directly to other communities, the Board recognized that local municipalities also have incurred unexpected costs related to their response to COVID-19. The County will share $51.5 million directly with its 13 communities as follows (the 96,125 residents within unincorporated Arapahoe County will be supported by the County’s share of the CARES funds):
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COVID-19 public health crisis has affected all our residents, businesses and communities in a variety of ways,” said Arapahoe County Board Chair Nancy Sharpe. “This crisis, and the recovery from it, are not uniform situations, so we are working closely with our municipalities to ensure relief dollars could be directed to local and regional needs, helping ensures our collective community can return as quickly and strongly as possible.” As part of the recovery plan, the County also launched the Arapahoe County CARES Program, which will share stories and data about how County and municipal CARES funds are being used to support recovery efforts. And consistent with Arapahoe County’s core values of fiscal responsibility, providing transparency of operations and prioritizing service to our constituents, a new CARES website will share useful information about recovery programs and
CARES funding can be used for expenses directly related to the COVID-19 public health emergency that were not accounted for in the most recently approved budget (as of March 27), and that were (or will be) incurred between March 1 and December 30, 2020. The County will distribute funds according to a cost-reimbursement model; any remaining funds as of December 30 will be returned to the federal government. The County will use its share of the CARES Act funds—about $63 million—to fund key initiatives consistent with the response and recovery plan, including: • Countywide programs to support individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19; • Increased community testing, contact tracing and other public health needs; • Future pandemic preparations, • Modifications to county operations and employee costs, and • Additional local government
18th Judicial District Chief Judge swears in prosecutors via Zoom
In a first for the 18th Judicial District, Chief Judge Michelle Amico today swore in two prosecutors during a virtual ceremony. With appropriate paperwork at her bench in Arapahoe County District Court, Amico administered the oath to Chief Deputy District Attorney Chris Wilcox and Deputy District Attorney
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and communities safe while still administering justice. This is yet another example of innovations that keep us moving forward.” Neil joins the Douglas County office as a county court deputy. Wilcox most recently worked with the Cold Case Unit; he will now oversee county court deputies in Castle Rock.
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T is for Table to celebrate opening
T is for table, a locally owned business focusing on inspirational tablescapes, gifts and decor for the home, is thrilled to be celebrating 3 years of business. “I am so grateful for all of the community support during these uncertain times. I am feeling optimistic and excited about the future of small business in Colorado” expresses Laura Tarket-Johnson, owner of T is for Table. They are kicking off the celebration by offering 15% off storewide this Friday-Monday 10:00 am-5:00 pm. They are looking forward to welcoming you back to the store located in the Boutique Row section at the Streets at SouthGlenn.
The road to reopening Arapahoe County government BY FREDA MIKLIN GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
Arapahoe County Commissioners and officials from Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) held a call-in town hall meeting on May 21 to answer citizens’ questions about what actions were pending and under consideration to continue the movement toward something resembling pre-coronavirus life in Arapahoe County. Arapahoe County commissioners told listeners that county offices could be visited by appointment but many regular needs could be served online. John Douglas, M.D., TCHD
executive director, shared that as the number of tests performed for the virus is increasing, they are seeing a declining number of COVID-19 cases. He also said that new hospitalizations plateaued several weeks ago and have been going down since then as a result of Arapahoe County residents’ excellent cooperation in observing social distancing, wearing masks in public, and staying at home whenever possible. Douglas expects that it will be 12 to 18 months before we have a safe and reliable vaccine against this virus, but he says, we cannot just stay home and wait until then. In addition to continuing to take precautions like social distancing
and mask-wearing against the virus, Dr. Douglas said that it is important to keep up with regular family and individual health care, including necessary vaccinations for children. Here are the subjects that callers asked about during the hourlong town hall meeting and the answers they were given:
Garage sales: Yes, you can have them, but maintain your distance and consider having hand sanitizer available. Refusing to go to work because you don’t feel safe: You will not qualify for unemployment compensation unless you can demonstrate that your employer is not providing safe working conditions. Elections: The upcoming June 30 primary election will be conducted by mail, as are all Colorado elections, but in-person voting will be available to those who need it, subject to the use of masks and social distancing. Citizens who require replacement ballots will be able to use curbside pickup. New additional ballot drop-off locations will be available. Youth sports: (this question came from Centennial City Council Member Kathy Turley): TCHD understands the value of these programs to children but remains concerned about the possibility of infection to families of participants in contact sports. License plates and speeding: Some state DMV locations are open and can be visited with an appointment. Many services can be completed online. Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown said that his department is not necessarily citing drivers for recently expired license plates, however he reminded everyone that speeding will not be tolerated, noting one driver was stopped while traveling over 100 miles per hour on Parker Road and another was cited for driving 88 miles per hour on Arapahoe Road in the past week.
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Enforcement of mask-wearing requirement: It is not sensible or practical to use the justice system to enforce this behavior; the best option is to model correct mask-wearing in public so as to educate people.
Back to school, in school: The decision about how school will look in August will be decided by Governor Polis and the state board of education. At this time, Dr. Douglas expects that it will include social distancing and might also include wearing masks. Neighborhood swimming pools: Not yet determined, but Melissa Sager, TCHD policy and intergovernmental affairs manager expects that social distancing will be a part of the plan and reservations may be required. Multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children: (It is very rare and most children recover with treatment.) With approximately 170,000 people in Colorado assumed to have been infected with the coronavirus, there have been only three cases of children with this condition. Restaurants: reservations might be required and adjacent outside spaces are expected to be utilized where possible to increase the number of patrons who will be served while maintaining social distancing. Employees will likely need to wear masks. Antibody tests for COVID-19: There are presently “questions about performance characteristics” of many of these tests, according to Dr. Douglas, who doesn’t recommend relying on them to determine immunity to the virus. Public libraries: There are ongoing discussions but no date has been established to open other than for curbside pickup and return of materials from Arapahoe County libraries Attending church services: Those who are vulnerable should continue to connect with their religious leaders from home but the issue is continuing to be examined. Home repairs: They are permitted and encouraged where necessary, but Dr. Douglas suggested you keep your distance form the repair technician and ask them to wear a mask while in your home.
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Be safe. Stay Strong. Parry’s Pizzeria and Taphouse in Highlands Ranch has a large patio with tables spread at least six feet apart.
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Guidance for Restaurants
● Outdoor dining is encouraged ● Indoor dining capped at 50% capacity and 50 patrons ● All employees must wear face coverings ● Tables must be spaced six feet apart ● Party size is limited to eight people or fewer ● No seat yourself options, all patrons must be taken to a table
Other State Recommendations ● Allow customers opt-in notifications should an exposure happen at restaurant ● Provide contactless payment options ● Request customers wear face coverings while not eating ● Refusing service to customers who refuse to adhere to distance requirements
permanent perimeters, to expand into the street or a nearby parking lot. The state just lowered the application fee from $300-to$150. Villager hit doorsteps today, Sado so. BY JESSICA ROE “Everyone You will likely not get “bonus BEHIND THE SCENES bia and other restaurateurs simply in our block items” at your table unless you sped up their plans. He made STAFF WRITER will have to ask for them, such as bread, extra an ‘all call’ to staff, who started water, etc. If you need salt and sign off for us arriving in the early afternoon pepper or parmesan cheese, you to receive safety and distancing to shut down Restaurants are reopening this will be provided with single-use training, and then began printing the street, so week with those on the south end packets. If you request a second single-use menus for patrons. By that’s going to Patrons at Parry’s Pizzeria and Taphouse of town leading the way after 21 soda or beer, your glass will not dined al fresco Saturday afternoon 4 p.m. early bird patrons were be an interesting counties in Colorado, including be taken back to the bar as it is a eager to be served. social experiDouglas County, received some comfortable coordinating an outcontamination risk, instead, you At Parry’s Pizzeria and Tament,” said D’Argonne “There type of exemption this past Sating with healthy friends or memwill be given a whole new glass. phouse in Highlands Ranch, are a lot of ways to get creative urday from the state’s safer-atbers of your extended family, You will be encouraged to business was up and running by and I think that’s what we’ll have home mandate, which ended on however the maximum capacity eat al fresco at the restaurant’s lunch. to do!” Monday. per table is six. outdoor seating, The City of Centennial has “The rules “Obviously in this industry, as it is the safest offered to fully cover the $150 Douglas Counnone of these restaurants were area. The state fee for any of its restaurants who ty rolled out for set up to be operating at 50% has encouraged want to apply for the variance. restaurants are capacity and break even,” said restaurants to With 237 restaurants licensed, all about comBlaine D’Argonne, owner avoid using air many of those are fast casual mon sense,” of MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza conditioning and without a liquor license. If apsaid Joe Sabia, Company in the Denver Tech instead using owner of Pino’s proximately 100 restaurants Center. “It’s a really tough sitopen windows Italian Kitchen applied, that’s $15,000 that could uation we’re in, and so are the to circulate and Bar, located go towards ventilation, in Castle Pines. increasing the given the AC “We’re all number of may possibly adults. We’ve patrons eating Restaurant owners have good hygiene reminder signs recirculate been living in at each restauposted all over the premises such as this at Pino’s Italian airborne parthis world for rant. Kitchen and Bar ticles. Dress two months. We “That’s lightly in case will continue to live in this world. just one idea,” “We are regulars here, we you get seated inside and I appreciate that in these rules said Neil come three to four times a week,” it’s warm, but bring a layer they didn’t make it so draconian Marciniak, said customer Angie Cape. “This in case you are seated outthat I cannot operate.” Centennial’s is our go-to place.” side where it can cool down By Sunday, Governor Jared Economic “The food’s good, the people quickly. Polis released statewide guideDevelopment are good,” said regular Rick SeiExpect to observe - and lines, which are now in effect Director. “I fert. “What a great atmosphere possibly even get sprayed as restaurants begin opening Blaine D’Argonne, owner of MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza think really - by employees who are conthis place has to offer. We help throughout the state. checks a pizza in their wood-fired brick oven the value to ducting excessive cleaning The four most important rules keep this place open, even if the businesses that’s by tipping four-to-five-hun- of tables and community areas are that no more than six people decision makers, so I don’t fault right now is going to be in our between customers. With just a dred percent, then so be it!” can be in a party; each table has them, but it’s really tough for speed to process modifications, The Villager ordered an entire light breeze during our meal on to have chairs 6-feet apart from everybody right now.” a patio, several times we inhaled meal at Parry’s to experience the the next table; the restaurant has D’Argonne has been pre- not just to their liquor license, but to their patio expansion, so a whiff of what smelled like 409 changes and to be able to share to be at 50% capacity or less; paring to open his dining the city has committed resources cleaner as the staff worked hard with you what to expect when and, no more than 50-people are room the day this paper hit to make our already streamlined to ensure each table was spicyou first head out to a restaurant allowed inside each restaurant. newsstands. He is fortuprocess even more efficient.” and-span clean. in this COVID-19 world. The jumpstart for Douglas nate in that his restaurant As each restaurant works their Given capacity maximums, First, even at restaurants County also provided for Park is in the Belleview Station kinks out through opening day at least every-other-table will be that previously did not require Meadows mall to reopen, which on South Newport Street, and beyond, all we spoke to had blocked off from usage (or physi- surrounded by other restaureservations, be prepared to call happened Sunday. The variance one simple plea. ahead. You will not be able to loi- cally removed) so your wait time, rants, with a lot of space came as a surprise to all. “Give everyone a break. The even with a reservation, could “I was laying in bed Saturter out front or in the lobby, and outside for al fresco dining. employees are working hard. take a while. Consider making day and my phone was bling, the pagers that light up are not He and others are inquiring reservations earlier in the evening about whether the one-block We don’t want to have to do this bling, blinging,” said Sabia. “It being used as they could spread social distancing thing, but it’s or much later in the evening. was other restaurateurs asking stretch of their street can disease. Instead, be prepared to just what we have to do,” said By pure numbers alone, me if I was going to open, and I be closed to take advantage let the waitstaff know you’ve restaurateurs will lose money D’Argonne. “Let’s all give each was like, ‘What are you talking of the Colorado Liquor Enarrived, and they may tell you to if the 50% of tables they are about?’ And then I jumped into forcement Division’s recent other some grace. When you come right in, or, they may text allowed to use are filled by only motion!” come with a friendly attitude, it’s relaxation of its law which you when your table is ready. two people each. They would be Already knowing he was allows liquor service to simply going to be a much better All waitstaff will be wearing extremely appreciative if you are likely opening by the time The go beyond the restaurant’s day.” a mask, as they are required to
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honors in 1997. She received a Masters of Science in Clinical Research Methodology, graduated Welcome to the Magna Cum Laude in 2011. new world of modern Dr. Safavi received her Doctor of Dental THE DENTIST dentistry and Dr. Atousa Surgery degree from the University of North Because of my friendship with B. Safavi who has Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 making Afshin, I became familiar with designed this state-ofthe Dean’s list and receiving academic the his family. Last year he told the-art dental practice commendations. me that Atousa at 2101 South Clermont Her dental career was a dentist St. in Denver. (Directly across began in 1997 as a and was going to Dr. Safavi from Freeway Ford at Evans Dental Assistant ll with welcomes new open a practice and I-25) duties that included Let’s start at the beginning dental patients in Denver. They chair-side sterilization were remodeling a of this story where I became of instruments and building they purchased involved with Atousa and the Safavi family. exposed radiographs for her new practice Dr. Afshin Safavi ran for city council now replaced with digital named Clermont Dental in Cherry Hills Village in 2019. Being imaging. During her at Evans and I-25. the local newspaper we covered the two-decade dental career The project was well competitive race. I first saw the campaign she has developed a underway in late 2019 signs for Safari appearing along deep respect for dental just as coronavirus Quincy. I thought to myself, “Who is hygiene and client care. arrived in the U. S. The this gentleman running against a very Something that was Safavi team forged popular incumbent? Turned out that very obvious to me in ahead, finishing the both Safavi and Russell Stewart, both the innovative building building and designing The latest dental chair neighbors were elected to office. Stewart design and concept. into the practice, major technology and equipment was the new Mayor and Safavi was a Since moving to anti-viral safety features. new council member. The new mayor and I were acquainted but I had not met For example, patients must stay in their cars Colorado, she has been associated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the spacious, adjacent parking lot, until Safavi during the election although the Clinical Facility and the Metro Community called for their appointment. newspaper had featured him and all of Provider Network in Aurora as a general Dr. Safavi the candidates. dentist. welcomed me to This led to a preview her new breakfast meeting facility, scheduled to SUMMARY at the Urban Egg open in the next few The war against this virus and other with Dr. Safavi, weeks. viruses is challenging for both dental and ultimately Her practice is professionals and patients. Safety and to a long-lasting designed with the precautions over health issues has been friendship. His latest dentistry a major concern with Dr. Safavi. The life is a storybook technology in dental facility is bright and fresh with the tale of arriving in sparkling, clean latest sanitization equipment to sterilize America alone as rooms. The entire instruments, clothing and masks. a 13-year-old boy business is sterilized She is kind and humble, and has fleeing Iran via from front to private, extensive experience in volunteerism Paris to live with an rear door entry at the including local non-profits. A very dedicated uncle in California, parking lot. doctor, she continues her successful career in fleeing the Dr. Safavi has dentistry with this new practice. Iranian revolution Dr. Safavi in the latest protective wear demonstrated her As a mother of twin girls, she is especially overthrowing the skill in dentistry by designing a dental passionate about dentistry for children as U.S. friendly regime. His father was facility to combat flu viruses and patient evidenced by the “Pac Man” game in a a high-ranking military officer in the comfort and safety. Her stellar dental childrens’ waiting area. “My daughters love fallen government. Fast forward three reputation stems from a vast educational that game,” she relates. decades where this young man has background. Visit www.clermontdental.care for more earned several doctoral degrees and Born in Tehran, her first degree was from information and make an appointment has a very successful scientific business Tehran University in Zoology where she was today. and medical career. His successful awarded a merit scholarship in 1995. I wish Dr. Safavi continued success in career lead him and his wife Atousa and She also received Bachelor of Science her new practice and hope our readers will twin-daughters to Colorado and Cherry degrees in Dental Hygiene and Biology with support her in her new endeavour. Hills Village. However, this story is not
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on the trend early and had masks made to match the satin bunny ears. My friend Mieko Nakamura was a Playboy bunny, made me an honorary Playboy bunny and had a package shipped to me. It included a stretchy black mask with the Playboy logo in crystals and a satin peach (my favorite colFLEURISH or) mask to match the famous Playboy bunny ears. That inspired me to search for more high fashion mask makers. “When we were sent home because of the pandemic,” said Joey Santos, “I thought we should be doing something to help!” Learning of a need at Saint Joseph Hospital, the designer of gowns, dresses and costumes for dancers and skaters for decades, began his mask journey. The medical fabric had to be picked up at the hospital and made to strict specifications which he delivered. That experience, and the request from the public, led to creating his own designs for daytime masks, sports masks and custom, embellished evening masks. “Who knew we would be wearing masks in everyday life?” he said.“ After extensive research, Santos Designs was able to create face coverings for more than one purpose and wants it known that these masks don’t pretend to be medical grade. One product is odor resistant and antimicrobial. Some are water repellant and moisture wicking, lightweight and breathable for comfort – especially geared to runners and other athletes. But the piece de resistance is a custom, glamorous evening mask.”We can put crystals on anything,” said Joey. And his special relationship with Swarovski and with plenty of exquisite fabric on hand, there’s an abundance of possibilities. Joey, himself, wears a camouflage fabric mask. He can be reached at 720-353-6546. Maggie Burns has also been in the fashion industry for decades and her designs, including custom bridal, have been shown on many runways in the Denver area over the years. She was recently featured on the front page of another publication in the South suburbs. All the masks pictured in this story, including golf masks for Nathalia and Jack with the exception of Santos Designs and Playboy were created by Maggie. Visit her at: mariemargot.com.
Elaborate crystal and lace evening masks from Santos Designs by Joey Santos Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Iconic symbols from Playboy
Dancer from Colorado Dancesport wears an embellished mask from Santos Designs
Nathalia Faribault, former Regional Director of Fashion Group International -Denver and on The Villager’s Best Dressed List
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Mask by Maggie Burns of Marie-Margot.
Courtesy of Nathalia Faribault
ABOVE: By the sea and a nod to MacKenzieChilds
Nathalia’s dapper hubby Jack Morris enjoys coordinating his wardrobe Courtesy of Nathalia Faribault
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alarms. She’s been in business for the last five years, balancing entrepreneurship with her school work at St. Mary’s Academy and dance with the Colorado Ballet. Seeing a need in her community, Hannah added masks to her product line. “I realized that I have the resources, materials and skills to make masks,” says Hannah. “I want to be able to look back years from now and say that I have used this time wisely, and I did my small part to help.” She may have started small, but this eighth grader has made a large impact. Hannah started responding to the pandemic by giving masks to restaurants, to delivery personnel, and to people she saw at bus stops without masks. Then, Hannah added this product to her website and sold through Young Americans Center for Financial Education’s online Marketplace, where she donated a mask for every mask purchased. As her inventory grew, Hannah distributed masks to post office workers, women’s homeless shelters, Indian reservations, and the Boy Scouts of America. She is currently working on a set to deliver to Children’s Hospital Colorado. We have all experienced dramatic change in our lives over the last few months, and Hannah’s kindness and hard work provides an inspiring solution to the upheaval. Her advice to youth and adults alike is to focus on
small actions that impact those around you. “Use your time for random acts of kindness without any expectations of return,” she says. “I am inspired by a quote from H. Jackson Brown Jr.: ‘Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.’”
About Young Americans Center
Young Americans Center for Financial Education is a nonprofit organization committed to developing the financial literacy of young people, up to age 22, through real life experiences and hands-on programs. The Center fulfills its mission by offering programs that complement and reinforce each other to build life skills, work skills and financial self-sufficiency. These include Young AmeriTowne, International Towne, YouthBiz, Money Matters classes, summer camps, and more. In addition, Young Americans Center houses the only real bank in the world for young people, Young Americans Bank, which shares the same educational mission of teaching children to be financially responsible. Since 1987, more than 800,000 youth have participated in the programs or bank. For more information on the Young Americans Center for Financial Education, visit yacenter.org.
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As the 2020 school year crawls to an end, it leaves many graduating seniors without the pomp and circumstance of a typical senior year calendar filled with recognition, ceremonies and parties. While the celebrations may be few this year, the milestone itself is not lost on a particular group of seniors, who overcame more than most to achieve this moment. These seven seniors, graduating from both Aurora Central High School and Grandview High School, are a part of Boys Hope Girls Hope Colorado. Their odds of graduating were less than most 60% and heading to college was almost certainly not in the cards. Yet, instead they are all graduating, heading to college in the fall and filled with ambitious dreams of a bright future they’ve made happen. BHGHCO college scholar, Andy is graduating from Colorado Mesa University this year with a BA in Hispanic Studies and a technical certificate as an EMT. He was one of the very first BHGHCO scholars at Aurora Central High School. Each of these scholars was accepted into BHGHCO early on in their high school career, joining a program that is focused on not only making sure they graduate high school, but also become the first in their family to continue and graduate from college! Established in 1993, BHGHCO has provided more than 400 scholarships to young men and women. The organization is founded on the belief that an excellent education is one of the primary tools required to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect. BHGHCO works on the premise that ongoing academic and personal support, along with character development opportunities are the most powerful tools we can use to transform the lives of children in need and guide motivated young people in need to become well-educated, career-ready men and woman for others. As a part of the program, scholars attend one of two academies, one located at Aurora Central High School and the other at Regis Jesuit High School. The organization was given the opportunity to have a scholar graduate from Grandview High School in 2020, but all other six scholars are celebrating an Aurora Central High School diploma this year. BHGHCO scholars come from all over the Denver Metro area and are provided necessities like transportation to school, books, tutors, test preparation, mentoring and dinners during the school year. “We are so incredibly proud of these graduates,” states Executive Director Mary Fran Tharp. “Each of them not only graduated but did it with honors and/or scholarships to help pay for college. They never cease to amaze us with the accolades they earn. It all goes to prove that what we do at Boys Hope Girls Hope works – and is incredibly important to change the trajectory for these young men and women.” In 2019, BHGHCO had 62 Academy Scholars with an average GPA of 3.76. 78% of those scholars earned honors or honors. Thirteen graduating seniors last Spring were ac-
cepted to 47 colleges and universities and earned over $1.4 million in scholarships. ALL enrolled in college. Of the current 2020 graduates, so far 3 are committed to University of Colorado Boulder, 1 will attend Colorado State University and 1 will be attending University of Denver, as a Daniels Fund scholarship recipient in the fall. All have received partial scholarship funding. A few are yet to decide but are excited about the opportunities that they have in front of them. They will make their decision in the next few weeks. Last week, the staff at BHGHCO wanted to celebrate these scholars and spent the day caravanning to each of their homes to ensure they understood the importance of their accomplishment. Yes, the year-end seemed anti-climactic, but their smiles were proof enough that they understand the magnitude of their achievements. The Covid-19 pandemic has hit many hard, and that is especially true for nonprofit organizations such as Boys Hope Girls Hope Colorado. This program exists on the generosity of private donations and foundations alone. They are concerned about the upcoming year’s budget. They are not sure what to expect, considering so many are losing their jobs and the income they have. It did not help that BHGHCO’s annual Hope Challenge Golf Tournament at Colorado Golf Club in June had to be cancelled. “Even if it was possible to move the date back for this event, the uncertainty of whether or not we would have enough golfers and attendees at the dinner unfortunately made the decision to cancel a necessary one,” says Tharp. The organization then faced the challenge of getting creative in order to raise the funds to replace the lost golf tournament support. That is how the online Hope Challenge was born. The Hope Challenge is as simple as grabbing your phone and recording a fun golf shot. And believe us when we say that not everyone uses a golf club. In one instance a supporter is simply seen throwing a ball down the stairs to try and make a shot into a trash can. That is just fine with the organization, who hopes each participant will enjoy it and challenge others to have fun with it. After recording a video of the golf shot, simply post it to social media and challenge two friends, family members or co-workers to do the same. Don’t forget to use #hopechallenge in the post. For convenience, you will even find a quick “step by step” guide and examples of other unique shots at hopechallenge.org, where you can also make donations to help the fundraiser meet its goal of raising $50,000. Right now, they are just under $10,000 short of their goal. The organization is very grateful that the original golf tournament sponsors agreed to fund the online Hope Challenge instead. Closet Factory, 210 Home Buyers Warranty, TKM Foundation, DePaul Real Estate Advisors, Credit Union of Colorado , Naos Design Group and The Mathes Agency at Allstate have made a real difference for their scholars and programs.
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BY DONALD PETERSON Dear Readers,
What are Medical Advance Directives, needed during COVID-19?
Medical Advance Directives are legal documents to advise medical treatment providers and others of your desires concerning medical treatment in the event you are no longer able to speak for yourself. The term “Medical Advance Directive” typically refers to a Living Will, but the term may also include medical durable powers of attorney, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) directives, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders, Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) and other directives regarding your care and disposition in the event you have a terminal medical condition. In Colorado, a Living Will is known as an “Advanced Directive for Medical/Surgical Treatment”.
It is a document regarding your directives as to how you wish to be treated in the event you have a terminal condition which is not curable or reversible, or you are in a persistent vegetative state (i.e. “brain dead”) and you have become incapable of speaking for yourself. A Living Will is a nickname, in that it is signed with the same formalities as your separate Will, meaning that it is signed in front of two witnesses who do not inherit from you, and a Notary. A Living Will covers two end-of-life situations. The first is a terminal condition which means an incurable or irreversible condition for which the use of life-sustaining procedures will serve only to postpone the time of death. The second is a persistent vegetative state. Colorado law recognizes that the determination of whether a person is in such a state should be made by medical professionals, as a result of which the term is not defined in the law, except to say that determination is based upon prevailing medical standards. In either of these two endof-life situations, a Colorado Living Will allows the individual to select one of three choices. The first is to forego life-sustaining treatment. The second is to accept life-sustaining treatment, but only for a limited time. The
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third choice is to continue life-sustaining treatment for so long as medically feasible. The law also permits a person to express individual medical instructions and to list others with whom the person’s doctor may discuss the person’s medical situation in light of the privacy requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). These instructions are also often included in a medical durable power of attorney.
What are the four key medical/estate plan documents you need now? Many of my clients have asked what are the critical documents needed, particularly in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Simply being married does not give you the legal right to gain access to your spouse’s medical records or make medical decisions on your spouse’s behalf, even in an emergency. To avoid this problem and to help others care for you and to achieve your overall estate planning goals, the following documents create an effective medical/estate plan package: 1. Healthcare Power of Attorney; 2. General Financial Power of Attorney; 3. Advanced Directive for Medical/Surgical
Treatment (“Living Will”); and 4. Will (or a Will with a Trust). Careful medical/estate planning should include preparation and signing of these documents, to accomplish your goals and protect you, both during your lifetime, and at the time of passing. The Power of Attorney documents allow you to designate those agents whom you authorize to help you on your behalf during your lifetime, and the Will/Trust documents allow you to nominate others to help with your estate after your passing, as well as to identify the beneficiaries and the distributions to
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ARAPAHOE COUNTY ARAPAHOE COUNTY NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of Arapahoe County, Colorado shall make final settlement with GH Phipps Construction Company for its work completed for Arapahoe County on the project identified as #2019-15 Human Service (GOALS) Oxford Vista Remodel. The work generally consisted of tenant improvement construction services to include a remodel of the existing space to offices/conference rooms and workforce service area. Final Settlement will be made on June 9, 2020. Any person, co-partnership, association of persons, company or corporation that has furnished labor, materials, team hire, sustenance, provisions, provender or other supplies used or consumed by GH Phipps Construction Company or any of its subcontractors, or that has supplied rental machinery, tools or equipment to the extent used by GH Phipps Construction Company or any of its subcontractors in or about the performance of the work done for the abovedescribed project whose claim therefore has not been paid by GH Phipps Construction Company or any of its subcontractors may file a verified statement of the amount due and unpaid with the Arapahoe County Attorney’s Office (on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners) at 5334 South Prince Street, Littleton, CO 80120, at any time up to and including June 8, 2020. This Notice is published in accordance with Section 38-26-107 of C.R.S., and all claims, if any, shall be filed in accordance with this statutory section. Failure on the part of any claimant to file such verified statement and/or claim prior to the aforementioned date for filing claims shall release Arapahoe County, its officers, agents and employees from any or all liability, claims, and suits for payment due from GH Phipps Construction Company. Joan Lopez, Clerk to the Board Published in The Villager First Publication: May 21, 2020 Last Publication: May 28, 2020 Legal # 9703 ___________________________ ARAPAHOE COUNTY INVITATION FOR BID IFB-20-28 WATERPROOFING OF WINDOWS & BUILDING PERIMETER Notice is hereby given that the Arapahoe County Purchasing Division will be accepting bids for a qualified contractor for the purpose of waterproofing the Arapahoe Plaza facility located at 1690 W. Littleton, CO 80120. A recommended pre bid conference will be held on June 9, 2020, 10:00 a.m., local time, via Microsoft Teams. Vendors are encouraged to attend this conference in order to become familiar with the Specifications. All Arapahoe County solicitations can be obtained from the County’s website. The Invitation for Bid (IFB-20-28) document can be obtained by going to the Arapahoe County website www.arapahoegov.
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com, then go to the Finance Department, and under the Finance Department select Purchasing then go to the Quick Link for the Rocky Mountain ePurchasing website. Submittals must be received via Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System (RMEPS) at www.bidnetdirect. com/colorado, no later than 2:00 p.m. local time on June 25, 2020. The County reserves the right to waive any or all informalities or irregularities and to reject any or all submittals. Joan Lopez, Clerk to the Board Published in The Villager Published: May 28, 2020 Legal # 9706 ___________________________ ARAPAHOE COUNTY INVITATION FOR BID IFB-20-30 WASTE AND RECYCLE SITE PICKUP AND DISPOSAL SERVICES Notice is hereby given that the Arapahoe County Purchasing Division will be accepting bids for a qualified contractor for the purpose of Waste & Recycle Site Pick Up and Disposal Services. All Arapahoe County solicitations can be obtained from the County’s website. The Invitation for Bid (IFB-20-30) document can be obtained by going to the Arapahoe County website www.arapahoegov. com, then go to the Finance Department, and under the Finance Department select Purchasing then go to the Quick Link for the Rocky Mountain ePurchasing website. Submittals must be received via Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System (RMEPS) at www.bidnetdirect. com/colorado, no later than 2:00 p.m. local time on June 25, 2020. The County reserves the right to waive any or all informalities or irregularities and to reject any or all submittals. Joan Lopez, Clerk to the Board Published in The Villager Published: May 28, 2020 Legal # 9707 ___________________________ ARAPAHOE COUNTY REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL RFP-20-24 ARAPAHOE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS JANITORIAL SERVICES Notice is hereby given that the Arapahoe County Purchasing Division will be accepting proposals to secure a janitorial services contractor for work to be performed at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. Janitorial services to include the Fairground’s restrooms, breakout rooms and large exhibition spaces after rental use. A RECOMMENDED pre proposal conference will be held on June 09, 2020, 1:00 p.m., local time, via Microsoft Teams. Contractors must attend this conference in order to become familiar with the Specifications. All Arapahoe County solicitations can be obtained from the County’s website. The Request For Proposal (RFP-20-24) document can be obtained by going to the Arapahoe County website www.arapahoegov. com, then go to the Finance Department, and under the Finance Department select Purchasing then go to the Quick Link for the Rocky Mountain ePurchasing website. Electronic submissions will be ac-
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The County reserves the right to waive any or all informalities or irregularities and to reject any or all submittals. Joan Lopez, Clerk to the Board Published in The Villager Published: May 28, 2020 Legal # 9708 ___________________________ ARAPAHOE COUNTY REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL RFP-20-26 TRANSPORTAION SERVICES Notice is hereby given that the Arapahoe County Purchasing Division will be accepting proposals to secure a primary and/or secondary company that will provide transportation services to children within the CAPS Division. All Arapahoe County solicitations can be obtained from the County’s website. The Request For Proposal (RFP-20-26) document can be obtained by going to the Arapahoe County website www.arapahoegov. com, then go to the Finance Department, and under the Finance Department select Purchasing then go to the Quick Link for the Rocky Mountain ePurchasing website. Electronic submissions will be accepted online via Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing Systems (RMEPS), www.bidnetdirect.com/colorado. Questions or technical difficulties should be directed to the websites’ Vendor Support Team (800) 8354603, option 2. Submittals must be received, electronically, no later than 2:00 p.m. local time on June 25, 2020. The County reserves the right to waive any or all informalities or irregularities and to reject any or all submittals. Joan Lopez, Clerk to the Board Published in The Villager Published: May 28, 2020 Legal # 9709 ___________________________ ARAPAHOE COUNTY REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL RFP-20-23 ELECTRICAL SERVICES Notice is hereby given that the Arapahoe County Purchasing Division will be accepting bids for a qualified contractor for the purpose of Electrical Services for the Facilities Department. All Arapahoe County solicitations can be obtained from the County’s website. The Request for Proposal (RFP-20-23) document can be obtained by going to the Arapahoe County website www.arapahoegov. com, then go to the Finance Department, and under the Finance Department select Purchasing then go to the Quick Link for the Rocky Mountain ePurchasing website. Submittals must be received via Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System (RMEPS) at www.bidnetdirect. com/colorado, no later than 2:00 p.m. local time on June 25, 2020. The County reserves the right to waive any or all informalities or irregularities and to reject any or all submittals. Joan Lopez, Clerk to the Board Published in The Villager Published: May 28, 2020 Legal # 9710 ___________________________
COURTS DISTRICT COURT ARAPAHOE COUNTY, COLORADO Court Address: 7325 S. Potomac Street, #100 Centennial, CO 80112 Claimant: ANDERSON HEMMAT, LLC; Respondents: KARIANN BACA; PERSONICARE, LLC; GENESIS CHIROPRACTIC SPINE & SPORTS CENTER; and DAWNLIGHT ENTERPRISES, INC. d/b/a DENVER SPORTS MASSAGE. Attorneys for Claimant: ANDERSON HEMMAT, LLC Chad P. Hemmat, #20845
Case Number: 2019CV32082 Div.: 21 Ctrm.: 21 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO TO THE ABOVE NAMED CLAIMANT: Kariann Baca You are hereby summoned and required to appear and defend against the claims of the Complaint filed with the court in this action, by filing with the clerk of this court an Answer or other response. You are required to file your Answer within 35 days after the service of this Summons upon you. Service of the Summons shall be complete on the day of the last publication. A copy of the Complaint may be obtained from the Clerk of the Court. If you fail to file your answer or other response to the Complaint in writing within 35 days after the date of the last publication, judgment by default may be rendered against you by the court for the relief demanded in the Complaint without further notice.
DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF ARAPAHOE, STATE OF COLORADO 7325 S. Potomac Street Centennial, Colorado 80112 (303) 649-6355 Telephone PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO In the Interest of: KOI WISE Child,
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And concerning: KATIANA WISE, JOHN DOE AND DENNIS WILLIS Respondents. Linda Arnold, Reg. No. 16764 Assistant County Attorney Attorney for Petitioner 14980 East Alameda Drive Aurora, CO 80012 Tel: 303-636-1882 Fax: (303) 636-1889 Case No: 19JV965 Division: 14 NOTICE OF A CONTINUED INITIAL HEARING
Dated: May 1, 2020
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the above captioned matter has been set for a CONTINUED INITIAL HEARING in this action regarding JOHN DOE AND DENNIS WILLIS on June 17, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 14 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. The Court requests that you to be at the Courthouse a half hour before the hearing is scheduled to begin.
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By: *s/ Chad P. Hemmat Chad P. Hemmat
/s/Linda Arnold Linda Arnold, Reg. No. 16753 Assistant County Attorney Attorney for Petitioner 14980 E. Alameda Dr. Aurora, Co 80012 303-636-1883 (303) 636-1889 FAX
This is an interpleader action pursuant to Rule 22, of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure for the equitable distribution among the Respondents of the proceeds of $11,664.94 from Ms. Baca’s personal injury claim. Claimant seeks to deposit the $11,664.94 into the Registry of the Court to discharge Claimant from any further liability/ responsibility to Respondents.
This Summons is issued pursuant to Rule 4(g), Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure Published in The Villager First Publication: May 7, 2020 Last Publication: June 4, 2020 Legal # 9683 ___________________________ 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 In the Interest of: ISAIAH WYATT TEWKSBURY Child, And concerning: GWENETH TEWKSBURY, ROBERT WYATT and JOHN DOE, Respondents. Linda Arnold, Esq. #16764 Assistant County Attorney Attorney for Petitioner 14980 East Alameda Drive Aurora, CO 80012 303-636-1882 Case No: 19JV0627 Division: 14 NOTICE OF ADJUDICATORY COURT TRIAL AND DEFAULT JUDGMENT REGARDING JOHN DOE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that an Adjudicatory Court Trial regarding JOHN DOE is set for June 18, 2020 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. in Division 14 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 dependent and neglected in accordance with the Colorado Children’s Code. Date: May 22, 2020 /s/ Linda Arnold Linda Arnold, Esq. #16764 Assistant County Attorney Attorney for Petitioner 14980 E. Alameda Dr. Aurora, Co 80012 Published in The Villager Published: May 28, 2020 Legal # 9711 ___________________________
In accordance with § 32-1-602(2) (e), C.R.S., if the Court finds during the conference that the Resolution was properly filed and the Board of Directors of GMD and GSMD proceeded in accordance with § 32-1-106, C.R.S., the Court shall enter an order ex parte setting an election within GMD and GSMD for approval of the consolidation of the districts.
Published in The Villager Published: May 28, 2020 Legal # 9712 ___________________________ DISTRICT COURT, ARAPAHOE COUNTY, COLORADO NOTICE OF TELEPHONE CONFERENCE REGARDING CONSOLIDATION IN RE GREENWOOD METROPOLITAN DISTRICT AND GREENWOOD SOUTH METROPOLITAN DISTRICT PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that there was filed in the District Court in and for the County of Arapahoe and State of Colorado, on the 29th day of April, 2020, a Joint Motion for Hearing on Consolidation (the “Motion”), which Motion prays for the consolidation of Greenwood Metropolitan District (“GMD”) and Greenwood South Metropolitan District (“GMD”) pursuant to the provisions of Title 32, Article 1, Part 6, Colorado Revised Statutes. The Motion included as exhibits a Consolidation Agreement By and Between Greenwood South Metropolitan District and Greenwood Metropolitan District effective April 21, 2020, and a Joint Resolution of the Board of Directors of the Greenwood South Metropolitan District and the Board of Directors of the Greenwood Metropolitan District Regarding Consolidation dated April 21, 2020 (the “Resolution”). Said documents are now on file at the office of the Clerk of the District Court of Arapahoe County, Arapahoe County Justice Center, 7325 South Potomac Street, Englewood, Colorado 80112, and are available for public inspection (Case No. 1976CV035707). NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that by Order of the District Court in and for the County of Arapahoe, Colorado, a public telephone conference on said Motion will be held on the 2nd day of June, 2020, at the hour of 10:00 a.m., in the District Courtroom of Judge Elizabeth Ann Weishaupl, Division 402 of the District Court in and for the County of Arapahoe, at which time and place any interested parties or persons may appear if they so desire, within the limitations provided by law. Participants who wish to attend the telephonic conference can call the court at (303) 645-6601 and enter access code 57304#.
/s/ Matthew R. Dalton, Esq. Matthew R. Dalton, counsel for Greenwood Metropolitan District Published in The Villager Published: May 28, 2020 Legal # 9713 ___________________________
NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of Rachal Ann Metz, also known as Rachal A. Metz, Rachal Metz, Rachel Ann Metz, Rachel A. Metz and Rachel Metz, Deceased Case Number 2020PR30383 All persons having claims against the above named estate are required to present them to the personal representative or to District Court of Arapahoe County, Colorado or on or before September 14, 2020 or the claims may be forever barred. The original of this document is on file at the law office of Donald Glenn Peterson. /s/. Donald Glenn Peterson Donald Glenn Peterson Attorney for PR 1720 S. Bellaire Street, Suite 530 Denver, CO 80222 Telephone: (303) 758-0999 Published in The Villager First Publication: May 14, 2020 Last Publication: May 28, 2020 Legal # 9700 ___________________________ NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of Norbert Eugene Simpson aka Norbert E. Simpson, Deceased Case Number 20PR30337 All persons having claims against the above named estate are required to present them to the personal representative or to the District Court of Arapahoe, County, Colorado on or before September 14, 2020, or the claims may be forever barred. Turner Lang, Personal Representawtive c/o Scott J. Atwell 5673 S. Fulton Way Greenwood Village, CO 80111 Published in The Villager First Publication: May 14, 2020 Last Publication: May 28, 2020 Legal # 9701 ___________________________
SPECIAL DISTRICTS NOTICE OF VACANCY ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CITYSET METROPOLITAN DISTRICT NO. 2 TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and particularly to the electors of the CitySet Metropolitan District No. 2 of Arapahoe County, Colorado. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 32-1-808, C.R.S., that a vacancy currently exists on the Board of Directors of the CitySet Metropolitan District No. 2 (“District”). Any qualified, eligible elector of the District interested in filling such vacancy and serving on the Board of Directors should file a Letter of Interest with the Board of Directors of the District on or before the close of business on Monday, June 8, 2020 at the District Management office at 141 Union Boulevard, Suite 150, Lakewood, Colorado. Forms of Letters of Interest are available and can be obtained from the CitySet Metropolitan District No. 2, c/o David Solin at Special District Management Services, Inc., 141 Union Boulevard, Suite 150, Lakewood, CO 80228, (303) 987-0835. CITYSET METROPOLITAN DISTRICT NO. 2 By: /s/ David Solin District Manager Published in The Villager Published: May 28, 2020 Legal # 9714 ___________________________
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Taylor and Lucas Sworn in as members of South Suburban Board of Directors James (Jim) Taylor and Ken Lucas were sworn in as members of the South Suburban Board of Directors on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. They will each serve one three-year term after being elected by District residents on May 5, 2020. Taylor and
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Clark Camp Upton, 1928-2020: Former Greenwood Village City Council Member dies
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Clark Camp Upton passed away from natural causes on April 13, 2020. He was born in Spokane, Washington in July, 1928. At the time of his death he was a resident of the Cherry Creek Nursing Center in Aurora. He graduated from Stanford University in 1950 and married Patricia Culhane in 1955. The family moved to Bellevue, Washington in 1961and to Greenwood Village in 1970. As regional manager for SBC, then a division of IBM, he began working in one of the first buildings in the new Denver Tech Center. The Uptons moved into the newly built Cherry Creek Village on the Lake so he could work close to home. All four children graduated from Cherry Creek. Upton served his community in numerous roles over the decades. Early on he was a board
member of the Goldsmith Gulch Sanitation District as well as the Cherry Creek Valley Water DistrIct. He was President of the South Denver Kiwanis Club and then elected Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis. He was always interested in airports, and was especially concerned about the impact on GV if passenger airline carriers were allowed to operate from Centennial Airport. He was appointed to the Greenwood Village City Council in 1996 and worked on that and other issues until 2003. Upton co-authored a text book, sold real estate, and formed his own small software company. His structural estimating program was used in the construction of Coors Field. At 83 he decided to go to work at Home Depot and worked there part-time while he could. In 2007 the Uptons moved to Stoney Brook.
He loved the sunny skies and unpredictable weather of his adopted state. He also loved the poetry of Robert Service, Stanford University, the nightly news, the Broncos, the Rockies, and all the wonderful friends, neighbors, and colleagues he had in the Greenwood Village community. But more than anything, he treasured his beloved wife of 65 years, and his family. He is survived by his wife, Patricia and his four children, Suzanne (and John Foote) of Lake Oswego, Oregon; Jim (and Amy) of Centennial; Dan (and Min) of Carlsbad, California; and Maureen Upton of Denver. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Dylan and Cam, Michael and Morgan Foote, Nathan and Alexander, and Kevin. He is also survived by his brother, Jim Upton, of Atherton, California. The family does not have a memorial planned at this time. In lieu of flowers they request donations to American Red Cross of Colorado.
A tribute to my Dad by Honorable Suzanne Upton
Clark Camp Upton III, passed away Monday, April 13th. He was born on July 11, 1928, so would have turned 92 this summer. He had a long good life. And a lucky one. Because there were already two Clarks in the family, his parents took to calling him Bill. A name they appropriated from a character called Barnacle Bill, who, like my father, was covered in freckles. And like the freckles, the name stuck. He was born and grew up in Spokane and attended Saint Augustine School through the 8th grade. He had a beloved dog, Andy, and his favorite thing was going ice skating at Cannon Hill Park. His parents had a small plot of land on Priest Lake in Idaho where he helped his father build a little cabin. Fifty years later he would tell of getting a baby brother for Christmas one year. And the next year when he got something even better. A sled. He was a Boy Scout and loved the radio show Jack Armstrong, All American Boy. He had a head for math and a quick mind for anything. He was 16 when the war ended so he missed the event that took the lives of so many. Some Scout friends decided to form their own group and named themselves, Brothers of the Arrow. They had fun together but were influenced by their patriotism and awareness of the historic events that passed them by. They were too young for the war and too young to appreciate their good fortune. He graduated from Lewis & Clark High School and worked at John W. Graham, as a 7-Up truck driver, and at Fairchild Air Force Base. He thoroughly enjoyed his years at Stanford University and stayed connected to his friends from those happy days. In the early 1950s he bought his first car from his parents neighbors. A 1938 Packard Clipper that found its demise in an
infamous event when one of the Arrow Brothers took his girlfriend for a drive, launched them off the road, through the trees and into Liberty Lake. The girlfriends name is unknown but she has been remembered by our family for reporting that as the car flew through the air the young man turned to her and said “Look out Baby, we’re out of control!” On New Years 1954, my father met Patricia Culhane, the newly minted Miss Spokane. He would heartily agree that the best thing to ever happen to him was persuading her to marry him. They shared almost 65 years together. Indeed it is impossible to imagine a more caring and devoted wife than she was to him. They had good years with each other and with their children. She always gave him good advice and sometimes he followed it. Like telling him that he should leave Royal Typewriter and work for a little company she was impressed with, called IBM. He loved to laugh and the Upton family enjoyed countless good times together. Whether it was the early years in the Northwest going to Lake Chelan, Orcas Island, camping and road trips or in Colorado, to Estes Park, Dillon or Steamboat. They enjoyed adventures as well as the many times afterward they spent reminiscing. Looking back at the big things as well as the minutia that stitch events into family history. He took great pride and satisfaction in the accomplishments of his children. Their mother was the center of the family wheel but he towered over their lives. He practiced what is now called tough-love but back then was called parenting. He had expectations and saw no reason his children should not live up to them. He made clear that by working for something they could achieve anything. He presided over dinner table cross-examinations and conducted the Socratic method decades before
one of his children learned the name for that technique. They drew to the love and acceptance of their mother but they came to understand it was the struggles with their father that shaped them. They see their parents mirrored in their belief in themselves. He was fortunate in friendship also. His two Kindergarten companions remained lifelong friends who grew up to have their wives form lasting bonds as well. In Denver since 1970, they moved into a new neighborhood that became filled with friendships that continue still. He never felt the same about his job after IBM sold his division. He and a colleague wrote a text book on computer accounting. He signed up to take a real estate brokers exam and passed despite never having taken any courses. He sold a couple houses and was ready for something new. He formed a small software business and was active in Greenwood Village on City Council and many other positions. He loved Home Depot and at 83 decided to go to work there. He was fortunate to enjoy good health for nearly 80 of his years and remained remarkably resilient until he was close to 90. Altho he spent the last year in a care center, it was nearby so until his last month he could see his wife almost daily and his children often. He is in a better place now. Unencumbered by his sick and worn out body, he can fly across the ice once again. I search the sky for this image. He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia Upton, his four children, Suzanne (John), Jim (Amy), Dan (Min) and Maureen, and his grandchildren Morgan and Michael, Dylan and Cam, Nathan and Alexander, and the youngest grandson, Kevin. He is also survived by his younger brother, Jim Upton, who is 86. And in good health.