VOLUME 38 • NUMBER 41 • SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
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WORKER JOB HOLDER
Labor Day is a reminder that the way we work is changing BY FREDA MIKLIN GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
The first Labor Day, an annual tribute “to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country,” was celebrated on a Tuesday, September 5, 1882. Two years later, President Grover Cleve-
land signed a law making it a national holiday to be celebrated each year on the first Monday in September. Accelerating technological changes over the past few decades, combined with the differences in how people are working as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, have led to many questions about whether our country’s labor
force of tomorrow will much resemble the ones we have known in the past. According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in July, down from 10.6 percent in June, while the national seasonally adjusted rate was 10.2 percent in July, down from
11.1 percent in June. Colorado’s total labor force was 3,079,600 in July, down 97,500 from June, even though the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate went down. Since May, our state has recovered “134,200 of the 342,300 nonfarm payroll jobs lost between February and April. That translates to a job recovery rate of 39.2 percent,
which lags the U.S. rate of 41.9 percent.” Comparing July 2019 to July 2020, “nonfarm payroll jobs have decreased 186,200, with losses totaling 146,900 in the private sector and 39,300 in government. The largest private sector job losses were in leisure and
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Nancy Tipton was a cryptographer, not a code girl, in WWII
BY FREDA MIKLIN GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
t was The Villager’s great honor to meet and interview Nancy Thompson Tipton at her home at Holly Creek Senior Retirement Community at 5500 E. Peakview Avenue in Centennial on August 28, in observance of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Tipton told us she was recruited to work on a secret mission for the civilian branch of the Signal Corps of the United States Army just after graduating from the University of Missouri in June, 1944, with a journalism degree. The Signal Corp’s mission is to manage the Army’s communications and information systems support. Tipton spent two years in that job in Arlington, Virginia. During the first year, from September 1944 to September 1945, she decoded mes-
sages that were intercepted from Japan. During the second year, the messages she decoded were from South America, where many Nazis had fled after the war ended. We asked how it worked, since she and her co-workers didn’t speak Japanese. Tipton told us that she used a key that she was given and compared it to the numbers and letters on the messages assigned to her. “When we got a hit, we called for the (U.S. Army) captain and showed him what we found. He took it from us and we went back to work. We never knew what it meant or what he did with it. We just did the job we were given.” We wanted to know why Tipton chose to work as a secret message decoder for military intelligence, who gave her an award for her service. She explained that in those days, it seemed like everyone supported the war effort and she wanted to
This is Nancy Thompson Tipton at age 19 and today, at 97.
do what she could “so that the war would be over.” Her father was a psychiatrist in the Army
This award was presented to Nancy Thompson just after VJ (Victory over Japan) Day in 1945 in honor of her contribution to the war effort.
Tipton is the second from right in the top row of this photo of the group of people she worked with breaking Japanese code during World War II.
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serving in the European theater under General Eisenhower. She told us that he was the one who recommended to Eisenhower that troops be allowed regular “R and R,” which Tipton pointed out to us stood for rest and recuperation when it was instituted, not rest and recreation, as it morphed into later. Tipton’s stepfather served in Italy as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) during the war. “They both ended up as colonels,” she added in a modest and quiet voice. Tipton wanted to go overseas with the Red Cross, but her mother was firmly against having another family member serving on foreign soil, so when the offer to support the war effort from Arlington, VA came along, she took it. “Looking back on it, I think it would have been tedious and boring but I don’t remember it that way,” she observed. We asked Tipton if the group she worked in was comprised of all women, given the recent book about the Signal Corps by Liza Mundy called “Code Girls.” She said, no, that there were also men doing it, adding in a very kind and patient voice that she was not a “code girl,” she was a cryptographer. So serious did Tipton take her vow of silence about the work she did that she told us her own mother, who passed in 1994, never knew what she did during the war. Even more astounding, she said she found out only ten years ago that her brother was also a codebreaker during the war, working in the Philippines. “There were about
10,000 people doing this work around the globe,” she told us. On September 2, 1945, Tipton, who was then still Nancy Thompson, walked with a girlfriend sixteen blocks to the White House from where they were being housed, to join the celebration of VJ Day that was taking place outside. She remembers seeing Admiral William Halsey Jr., one of only four fleet admirals in the United States Navy during WWII, standing by himself near the White House, so she and her friend walked up and saluted him. A year later, while she was decoding messages from South America, Nancy Thompson returned to the University of Missouri for a football game. There she ran into her college sweetheart, Bill Tipton, and they were engaged a month later. He was a fourth generation Coloradan who would not consider living anywhere else. They made their home in Colorado starting in 1947 and raised four children, three of whom are surviving. They have made her a doting grandmother and a great-grandmother. Before she moved to Holly Creek, Tipton lived on two and one-half acres near Holly Street and Belleview Avenue. We asked Tipton, who has been at Holly Creek for 11 years, what she thought of what was going on in the world today. She thought about it for a bit and then responded, “I’m glad I lived when I lived. People today seem not to have respect for other people.” Fmiklin.email@example.com
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GV police chief was already set to get body cameras for his officers BY FREDA MIKLIN GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
On July 20, while the GV city council was still facing a mix of reactions to the resolution it passed on July 6 to fully indemnify its police officers for all civil costs and penalties for anything they might do in the future, even if the current or a future city council “determines that the officer did not act upon a good faith and reasonable belief that the action (the officer took) was lawful,” in conflict with a new state law, GV Police Chief Dustin Varney reported that he was ready to immediately move forward with acquiring body worn cameras for all his officers, not required by the new state law until 2023. On August 3, the GV city council approved the expenditure of $451,672 for the acquisition of body worn cameras for all GV police officers as well as the replacement of its 20-year-old mobile video recording (MVR) system, also known as “dash cams.” The body worn cameras and the new dash cams will be integrated together “for increased functionality and efficiency.” The equipment has been ordered and Varney expects to have it all fully operational by early spring of 2021. Funding for the new equipment will be taken from the city’s “Traffic Safety Assignment,” which is the net revenue generated by GV’s photo red light ticket program. Last year the city council decided to put aside that revenue to use for traffic safety enhancements. Before deducting the $451,672 for the body cameras and new dash cams, that fund was budgeted to produce $2,770,047 in net revenue, after all expenses, this year. The purchase of the new equipment reduced the anticipated net revenue from photo red light tickets in 2020 to $2,318,275. When Dustin Varney was appointed Greenwood Village police chief in late 2017, he immediately began taking stock of the department’s needs on all levels. Varney told the city council on July 20 that in February 2018, a few short months after he became chief, “The GVPD (Greenwood Village Police Department) command staff elected to explore the possibility of adopting a body worn camera program.” In a report dated July 10, 2020, GVPD Commander Dave Oliver wrote that over 80 percent of GV police officers responded “yes,” when asked if they supported the use of body worn cameras back in February 2018. That began a careful and comprehensive process to investigate and test available equipment on the market to determine which would best meet the department’s needs. The
GV Police Chief Dustin Varney is a 26-year veteran and holds a masters degree from Regis University in human resources management and organizational leadership.
results generated by that effort were provided to the chief earlier this year and he was ready to bring it to the city council before Senate Bill 217 was debated and passed. Then the coronavirus pandemic came and all timetables were thrown into disarray. In his report to the city council on July 20, Varney said, “Senate Bill 217 requires all peace officers…to be equipped and wear body cameras by 2023. However, due to the inherent liability peace officers face daily when responding to calls for service, staff recommends immediately purchasing a system to avoid issues that
may arise.” Looking at the bigger picture of what it takes to continually provide fair and effective community policing, which many believe GV does very well, Varney told us that all officers, evidence technicians, and dispatchers in his department are required to have an annual mental health check-in, simply because of the nature of their work. He added, “That includes me,” noting that leadership means setting an example. In addition, Varney told us, early on in his position as chief, he instituted a critical incident exposure policy.
It requires that any officer who is exposed to a critical incident, which could include anything from an attempted suicide, death, critical injuries, etc., must see two licensed counselors afterwards to make sure they are all right. The chief also requires every GV police officer to complete 300 hours of training every year. The Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T), the state agency which governs all peace officers in Colorado, requires only 24 hours of training annually (Rule 28, P.O.S.T.). Fmiklin.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sticks and stones may break my bones
There is too much hate in America and the world. The hatred is worse than the pandemic as we have an epidemic of civil disorder burning down buildings and people being shot. Over 700,000 North and South soldiers died in the Civil War that freed the slave and President Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation officially ending slavery. It didn’t stop racism, but it was a good start. The two political conventions kicked off the campaign season for the next nine weeks until the election Nov. 3. Both conventions were well produced in a short period of time. The
filming of Americans and the taping and live programs were well done. These video programs may be the beginning of a new era in political conventions with both parties going to this format in the future ending these massive political conventions. The Democrats have written a 110-page platform and the GOP on a platform passed following the Trump agenda. The two candidates and their messages are far apart and by election day voters will decide. At this point in time it is hard to determine the ultimate winner. The pandemic and negative impact on business has hurt the Trump campaign. But
the street violence and riots in major U.S. cities has strengthened Trump’s call for law and order and protecting our streets, cities and states. The violence may ultimately lead to Trumps re-election. A vaccine can end the pandemic, but America is undergoing some very radical changes. The rise of Zoom meetings and the ability to work at home has given rise to new technology and business concepts. We’re learning how to live without sporting events and live entertainment. With less air travel and fine dining, much more time is spent at home doing long overdue remodeling and repairs. We long to return to normal.
I hope we can throw away these masks and hug and handshake once again soon, attend our clubs and social events, cheer for our high school teams and our beloved Broncos. We need to cool the hatred and remember that we’re all Americans first, and foremost. Color, race, religion and sexual orientation are part of the great American melting pot that is unique in world history. We must not let this great experiment be torched on city streets by violent gangs who forfeit peaceful protest privileges. Lastly, we need to defend law and order and support our local police departments and judges. Our government will be no better than who we elect to office! Get out and vote!
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I am back on a limited lunch schedule, it was a real pleasure to reunite with Mark Van Loucks who was one of Denver’s early cable TV entrepreneurs, along with Bill Daniels. Mark lived in Cherry Hills for many years and now has a penthouse in a DTC high rise. We met at YaYa’s for lunch on the outdoor patio and after having our temperatures tested at the door we enjoyed a very pleasant lunch and discussion. Much of it centered around our experiences with magnate Bill Daniels, who we both knew well during our younger days, as he was building a cable TV empire. His Daniel’s Fund Foundation, chaired by Jim Nicholson, has now reached $1.5 billion in assets. Bill Daniels would have celebrated his 100th birthday this past August. Mark sold his home in Cherry Hills and now has storage lockers full of antiques and furniture. He also has a collection of antique cars that include President Eisenhower’s Jeep with a mounted 50 caliber operative machine gun, a Ferrari, and other collectible autos.
He’s weary of paying storage on his life’s treasures and you’ll see some of these treasures advertised for sale in The Villager very soon. He told me a story about Bill in the early days of cable when they were in Louisiana and Bill paid off a home mortgage for a distraught waitress who her husband had deserted, she was pregnant with a second child and was going to lose her home. They encountered her sobbing in a restaurant. Bill asked her where she banked and was told right down the street. Mark and Bill escorted the waitress down to the bank and paid off her six-figure home loan. Mark related how they all celebrated in the bank over Bill’s generosity. Daniels had a big heart that is still reflected in his Foundation Fund that reaches out to the poor and needy. One major project has been to send many diverse students to their college of choice with scholarships. A very patriotic American Fund is teaming up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a school civics program for young students. Daniels also started the
successful Young American Bank to teach young boys and girls about banking with their own accounts at young ages. Mark and I shared stories and it was ironic to meet up with Mark because our reporter, Freda Miklin, is presently writing a feature on the Daniels Fund’s 25th anniversary and ongoing success of Bill’s vision. *** The second enjoyable outing was the 24th annual “Strawberry Party” on the outdoor patio home of Dianne Bartlett. Friends showed up Saturday night to celebrate and dine on Citron Bistro’s delicious chicken picante and enjoy gigantic fresh strawberries. Dave and Glory Weisberg ventured out in Dave’s new Lexus sports vehicle with flashy red leather interior to attend the party. They both appear to be in fine spirit and health with Glory reminiscing about covering the social scene for The Villager for over three decades. The Cancer League is honoring this couple at their annual ball planned for May 2, 2021. Edie Marks gave a short talk about the non-profit Global Down Syndrome that was fea-
tured at the event for guests to support. *** The beautification project on Belleview is nearing competition and the road paving by the West Middle school is outstanding. The new white lane paint got smeared but was cleaned up by the road crew. New flowers and shrubs have been planted along the heavily traveled artery leading across the county. A new traffic signal has been approved for the entrance to Glenmoor County Club. *** Labor Day approaching September 7 and we salute the working men and women of this nation. Many people have been working through the pandemic and the construction workers in the area have been working every day on the Newmont Mining building and adjacent hotel. Some brandnew road paving on Quincy and resurfacing of some Cherry Hills streets. America is a land of hard-working people who believe in opportunity, hard work, and freedom. Happy Labor Day!
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A unified spirit of solidified of concern among professional athletes
A remarkable thing happened last Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks refused to emerge from their locker room at the opening of the N.B.A. playoffs. The teams’ decision to not play that evening was to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha, WI. police officer. Despite the seven shots fired into Blake’s back, in front of his children, he is still hospitalized and will likely be paralyzed for the rest of his life. The protest initiated by the Bucks has spread across all professional sports including pro-
Elect Republican candidates for freedom and prosperity I’m very excited about the principled Republican men and women running for office in our county who will help us overcome the challenges our community and country face. Each one champions freedom and prosperity for all—and that’s something our nation desperately needs. For example: State House Representative Kim Ransom recently received the Colorado Union of Taxpayers Champion award for
More transparency needed from GVCC
As Jean Burke noted in her letter published in the August 20 edition of The Villager, unlike their counterparts in Aurora, Englewood, and other cities, the GVCC completely ignored the public comments submitted for their August 3 meeting. That may be because an overwhelming majority of them, 32-6, opposed the Resolution. In the interest of transparency that the GVCC has failed to provide, here are some excerpts from those letters, which I secured via a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request: “Police misconduct (especially done in bad faith) can endanger a whole community, and must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.” – Vivian Montoya “The President of the Colorado Association of Police Chiefs … have denounced [Resolution 40-20].” – Lin Sunshine “[GVCC] has put up a ‘you’re not welcome sign’ and reinforced its reputations as a racially purified suburb walled off from the rest of the greater Denver metropolitan area.” – Ethan Lovell “Protecting police officers in this way ‘no matter what’ denies the illegality and inhumanity of the instances of police brutality which inspired SB-217, and is a racist rebuttal to measures put in place to protect community members against abuse by their government.” – Audrey Dow Comments in support of Resolution 40-20 included: “Please don’t let an ignorant PC mob invade our life.” – Raul Valdes Pages “I encourage you to hold firm as the criticism, protests, and nonsense come your way.” – Susan Bates Here is hoping for more transparency and public engagement from the GVCC as this debate continues. Billy Wynne Greenwood Village Letters continued on page 6
fessional baseball, hockey, and football, helped to sharpen the focus against racism and police brutality. The coalitions established by the unity of professional teams has elevated the exposure of these increasingly growing statistics of unarmed African American men being killed by police officers. Our own Colorado Rockies courageously honored the Bucks team protest and did not play a scheduled game here in Denver. Professional athletes historically have avoided team involve-
ment in such matters. Witness the Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem during the 2016 regular season to protest police brutality and fighting for civil rights. After receiving significant criticism from President Trump, Kaepernick, as a free agent, was shunned by N.F.L. teams and not offered a quarterback position despite his successful record with the 49ers. It appears that professional athletes, after increasing evidence of increased discrimination, brutal attacks, and shootings by law enforcement against African Americans, have taken a unified stance against these dis-
criminatory practices by society and are willing to speak out for change. Finally, professional athletes are taking a stand for human rights that extends beyond the baseball courts, the ice rinks, and playing fields of this nation and gives their voices to change society’s attitude and provide all Americans equal right and justice. The hiring of Jackie Robinson in 1945 by Branch Rickey broke the color barrier of professional baseball and opened new opportunities for black athletes in all sports. Branch Rickey, during the peak of the Jim Crow Era, took
a courageous step that led to incredible opportunities for African American athletes allowing them to be judged by their athletic prowess and the content of their character and ability rather than their race. The demonstration of community concerns expressed by professional athletes and their teams will have profound influence in changing the policies and will enhance the support of the community to fairness and equality in the principles by which our justice system operates. Bill Holen is the Arapahoe County Commissioner representing the constituents of Aurora
her stewardship of our tax dollars and fighting to ensure we keep as much of our hard-earned money as possible. She bravely stands up for her constituents such as preserving the Property Tax Exemption for Seniors and Disabled Veterans.
Steve House would deliver innovative health-care thinking as our district’s next U.S. House Representative. Steve’s patient-centered plan would increase access, reduce costs, and protect those most vulnerable. Additionally, unlike Democrat national leadership, Steve’s environmentally responsible energy policy would preserve the 230,000 Colorado jobs and $600 million
dollars per year for our schools that our crucial oil and gas industry supports. John Kellner’s proven experience in criminal prosecution and crime deterrence makes him an ideal candidate for our District Attorney. Safety is essential if we’re to be free and prosperous, and John is committed to creating safe conditions for everyone across our district. These and other Republican can-
didates stand in clear contrast to their Democrat opponents. Unlike their opponents, the Republican candidates promote principles that create more freedom and prosperity for all. In this time of uncertainty, let’s choose these principles by voting for our Republican candidates. Will Johnson Highlands Ranch
C NVERSATIONS Join Commissioner Nancy N. Sharpe with special guest Human Services Director Cheryl Ternes on Thursday Sept. 3 @ 7 p.m. Get updates on recent and upcoming projects and initiatives that affect our diverse communities.
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Change could be coming to suburban living Stop complaining about President Trump claims that Joe Biden and the Democrats want to destroy suburban America. Is this bombastic campaign rhetoric or is there truth behind his assertion? Trump’s assertion is based on his Department of Housing and Urban Development terminating the Obama Administration’s “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” regulations issued in 2015. Aside from being “complicated, costly, and ineffective” according to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, it was social engineering on steroids. The Democrat platform includes reinstating the AFFH rules which would force low income housing into every neighborhood. Using the threat of withholding federal funds to suburban towns and communities, the federal government would seize control of urban planning. Communities with predominantly single-family homes could see zoning laws for such housing abolished in favor of low income federally subsidized apartments, all under the guise of social and racial justice. This is the same “justice” turning many American cities, including Denver, into dangerous war zones. The Democrat’s new rules would borrow from a bill introduced by Senator Cory Booker and Representative James Clyburn which would withhold funds for community infrastructure, such as roads, to localities that don’t allow low income housing developments to be built in their single family home neighborhoods. Most communities are dependent on federal money for infrastructure and basic
services and can’t afford to fight such government extortion. This is not the 1960s, BY BRIAN C. a time when realtors JOONDEPH wouldn’t show suburban homes to minority buyers. As of 2010, “A majority of residents in each of the nation’s three major minority groups – black, Asian and Latino – lived in the suburbs,” according to the Brookings Institute. It’s not about race but instead government control. Barriers to suburban living are economic, not racial, where home prices eclipse those in the cities. If you worked and saved in order to have a nice home in the suburbs, it won’t be fair under the Democrat plan, and you can’t live there unless everyone else can too. What will happen to the value of your home, on a nice lot on a quiet treelined street, when a high-density housing complex sprouts up at the end of your block? Observe what cities are like these days and how many residents are fleeing out of control crime, riots, looting, and mayhem. Now Joe Biden wants to bring that to the suburbs, rather than addressing problems in the cities that cause people to want to move out. There are many issues in play for the upcoming election, but the outcome in November may affect the value of your house, your neighborhood, and the overall character of the place you call home.
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RTD’s failures and vote Edwards for fixes
A lot of attention this November will focus on the presidential election. Even so, Highlands Ranch has a unique local election to consider and one of our neighbors is running to represent us on the RTD Board of Directors. Roger Edwards is the clear, cut choice for the job. Roger is running for District H director that includes Highlands Ranch, Cherry Hills, and portions of Greenwood Village, Littleton and Centennial. Roger owns his own regional trucking company
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Exciting news for the City of Centennial! The Census Bureau recently listed Centennial as having the highest response rate for completion of the 2020 Census (for cities over 100,000) in the United States. Congratulations Centennial, so far our response rate is 85.3%, but we’re not done yet. Census workers have started knocking on doors of those who have not filled out their Census in an effort to make sure everyone is counted. These workers may visit a home up to six times in order to reach our citizens. It is not too late for individuals to respond to the Census by completing and
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and has worked as a corporate logistics manager, bringing an extensive background in making things run both on time and on budget. With RTD’s more than $166 million shortfall, Roger is the right person for the job at the right time. And it’s not just RTD’s continued burning of taxpayer dollars that should sway your vote. Recent discussions about removing police officers from light rail and various bus routes puts our community’s most vulnerable in unnecessary danger. Imagine vagrants who may be under the influence riding the trains or buses lashing out at innocent riders -- all while knowing
there’s nothing to stop them. Guess what? Roger votes NO to that lunacy. But what of RTD’s future? Before COVID struck our community, RTD’s ridership was falling at alarming rates. And constant begging for tax increases and federal grants is not a sustainable business plan. We need an expert in these matters to help fix RTD’s lingering problems. We need Roger. This November, make your vote count toward RTD. Vote Roger Edwards to represent us! Stephen Collier Highlands Ranch
mailing back the paper questionnaire, responding online at 2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020. Data used from the Census is used to: • Determine how federal funding will flow into our area whether it be for schools, social services or transportation. • Establish how many representatives each state gets in Congress; • Redraw state and federal legislative district boundaries; • Help ensure Centennial citizens are represented. Please know your response to the Census will impact our community for the next decade.
And last but not least, help Centennial’s response rate stay #1! We have received a challenge from Sterling Heights, Michigan, who is currently the #2 city in the Census response race. Mayor Michael Taylor of Sterling Heights, initiated a friendly challenge with Centennial to see which city ends up first. We want to remain in first place so we are asking for your help to make that happen! Please complete your Census form and encourage your neighbors and family members to do the same. Let’s do what we can to make sure we’re all counted. Thank you Centennial! Stephanie Piko Mayor of Centennial
Increasing minimum wage to $20 tions. In other words, even if there is a In 2016 the voters of Colorado passed a ballot initiative that increased the minimum wage to $12.00 per hour, beginning in January 2020, with automatic annual increases based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), thereafter. In 2019, the Colorado General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed, a proposal that devolved the authority to increase the minimum wage down to local governments. Under the new law, local governments can now increase the minimum wage, but they can never decrease it. Denver was the first to use the new law to pass an increase that requires phased-in increases in the minimum wage up to $15.87 by 2022 and then annually by the CPI. A proposal has just been introduced in Aurora by Council Member Allison Coombs that would hike the minimum wage in Aurora up to $20.00 per hour. The increases are phased in over a 7-year period with a 5% mandatory increase in 2021; 5 percent in 2022; 10% in 2023; 10% in 2024; 10% in 2025; 10% in 2026; and 3.3% in 2027. These increases will happen irrespective of economic condi-
severe downturn-never mind that many small businesses are struggling to make ends meet now-will have to increase the minimum wage just as they are doing their best to survive. Wages are ultimately determined by the productivity of any given worker. When the productivity of a worker equals their wages then the business is in a healthy position, but when government mandated wages exceed worker productivity then the business is losing money and must reduce cost to make up for the difference. Chances are that it will have to lay off workers which will ultimately hurt the same entry level workers that this proposal was designed to help. Council Member Coombs makes a compelling case in that she believes that employers should be required to pay what workers need to be able to afford to rent their own place, buy essentials such as food, own a car, etc. and that the employers are responsible for those costs, irrespective of the value of the worker to their business. However, what she misses are the numerous safety net programs available to low-income workers today
from the Medicaid Expansion program to cover health insurance, the SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program better known as “food stamps) program to help with food expenses, federally funded housing assistance, and the Earned Income Tax Credit program that gives low wage workers a supplemental payment, to boost their incomes, through a refundable tax credit. All of these programs are designed to support entry level workers who are at the low end of the pay scale. As a former Aurora small business owner, I think her proposal is a “job killer” and that it will ultimately hurt the same people that it was intended to help. It couldn’t come at a worse time as so many of our small businesses are struggling, under COVID-19, to survive and are trying to decide whether they will eventually fully reopen or permanently close. Whether this proposal passes or not, I’m concerned that it will create enough uncertainty about Aurora’s economic future that it will encourage struggling small businesses to give up now instead of continuing to fight for their survival. Mike Coffman Mayor of Aurora
Americans are easily trained, so - Sit! Stay! BY ROBERT WALLACE MEYER
Decades ago we learned that our airliners could and would be hijacked from time to time. That seemed nasty, but we found if we only remained quiet and did as the nice Muslim men said, we would be just fine. In some cases, there would be a stop in Cuba or some Middle East pesthole. The press would be notified and appropriate publicity granted. And, ahhh, every now and then a couple members of the Jewish faith would be executed and disposed of. (Remain calm, folks, and everything will be just fine.) Until it wasn’t. On one
grim September day, an airliner smashed each of the Twin Towers while another plowed into our Pentagon. A fourth endured a tense struggle for control before it crashed into a wheat field, killing all aboard. In that short period of time, we lost about as many Americans as we did when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Thus, we had been conditioned over many years to “just go along and everything will be alright.” Until it wasn’t. Now, serious security measures and a willingness by brave Americans to fight back have seemed to solve the problem.
Or have they, really? Consider the periodic riots, arson, and looting going back to maybe, Watts? Then Fergusson, Baltimore, Portland, Minneapolis, and Seattle. “Just let the little dears run wild for a few days, then they will tire of all this and return home.” Or, “Make some serious concessions so they will know that we love them, and then they will surely love us!” (More likely, even greater demands shall be forthcoming.) We are reminded of the nice lady who found a deadly snake out in the cold. She brought it in, gave it some milk, and warmed it by her Continued on page 23
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Roy Christensen’s U.S. Navy submarine sank more than 20 enemy vessels in WWII BY FREDA MIKLIN GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
On August 28, The Villager had the distinct privilege to meet and speak with World War II veteran Roy G. Christensen, who lives in the Holly Creek Retirement Community at 5500 E. Peakview Avenue in Centennial. With the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII approaching, he looked back on his experiences as a young Navy man, and at the world today. After growing up in southern California, in early 1943, at the age of 18 with half a year of junior college behind him and the world at war, Roy Christensen knew he was going to be drafted. He’d heard from friends that men who were drafted into the U.S. Army didn’t get much training before being sent to the front lines. That didn’t sound good to him. His father had served in the U.S. Navy
The crew of the U.S.S. Raton was responsible for destroying more than 20 Japanese vessels.
Roy Christensen joined the United States Navy when he was 18.
in World War I on a tender that delivered supplies to destroyers and other ships, so he looked toward that branch of service. Even though submarines “suffered the highest casualty percentage of all the American forces, losing 52 vessels and one in five submariners (3,131 enlisted men and 375 officers out of 16,000
submariners),” Christensen told us that he “knew the training was very rigorous,” and he figured, like many young men at 18, that he was invincible. He joined the U.S. Navy and became a submariner. We asked Christensen why submarine service was so dangerous. He told us, “We were in the thick of things, positioned to find Japanese vessels.” Serving on the submarine U.S.S. Raton from 1943 to 1945, Christensen said, “I was in charge of the after-torpedo
room. There was always lots of condensation. It was kind of miserable at times.” The Raton sunk more than 20 Japanese destroyers, transports, tankers, cargo ships, and freighters during the war, Christensen told us, adding that it was one of only three ships in WWII that got the Presidential Unit Citation from President Harry Truman. At 95 years young and in excellent health, Christensen has lived at Holly Creek for seven years. Four years ago, Karen Ramsey, then 77,
moved into the community. They became friends and the relationship blossomed. Now married 15 months, the Christensens were planning a trip to Maui, where they became man and wife, in May of this year. Then the coronavirus pandemic came. They hope to go there in November. Said Roy, “She takes away my loneliness,” to which his wife quietly responded, “Everyone needs a friend and Roy is a wonderful man.” After the war, Christensen became a successful business executive with Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, spending 30 years with the company in Los Alamos, NM before moving to Colorado to live at Holly Creek. He wanted to give back to his country, so he became an honorary plank owner, or part-owner of two nuclear-powered submarines, the U.S.S. New Mexico commissioned in 2010 and
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The way we work is changing Continued from Page 1
hospitality (~ 77,200), trade, transportation, and utilities (~ 23,600), and education and health services (~ 15,100). Colorado’s rate of job loss over the past year was 6.7 percent, compared to the U.S. rate of 7.5 percent.” Looking at Arapahoe County non-seasonally adjusted numbers, the July 2019 unemployment rate of 2.7 percent swelled to 11.6 percent in June 2020, then dropped to 8.3 percent in July 2020, following the same pattern as the state overall. Unemployment in nearby Douglas County was 2.3 percent in July 2019. By June 2020 it had gone up to 8.8 percent, but dropped down to 5.8 percent one month later. As we reported here on August 13, CDLE’s Office of the Future of Work (OFW), created through an Executive Order signed by Governor Polis on September 4, 2019, expects that in the coming years foundational skills will replace traditional technical skills in many jobs, including a significant number of jobs that do not yet even exist. Among the goals of the OFW is to “explore a portable benefits system” and to “understand the journey to digital transformation for small and medium businesses, target populations, and diverse regions.” We can only conclude that the labor force of tomorrow will look very different than the one we are in today. Some jobs are less subject to change. You can’t build a new building from your computer in your home office. According to data from CDLE, the construction industry has 19,273 employers and 173,900 employees, projected to grow to 182,068 employees in 2022. There were 1,023 construction job openings advertised online as of August 30 and the average hourly wage was $31.48. Rebuilding of the 148,000square-foot Newton Middle
School at 4001 E. Arapahoe in Centennial is a $64 million project well under way with completion planned for next year. 6900 Layton, the beautiful new 15-story building “covered exclusively in a jointless, glass curtain wall,” that is the new home of Newmont Mining, moving from the Village Center area in Greenwood Village to Belleview Station, is just about finished. In great news for the local economy, it was just announced that LogistiCare Solutions, based in Atlanta, has leased the 11th and 12th floors of that building, with the 72,994 square feet representing the largest new lease in the Denver area since the pandemic began. Also started and moving along
is construction of a new 18-story mixed-use project at 4885 S. Quebec Street in Denver, just across the street from the Belleview Station Light Rail. It will include five floors for a 236-room hotel, 11 stories of office space, and retail, restaurants, and a fitness center. It, too, is expected to be finished in 2021. Just down the street at 4811 S. Niagara, the DTC Union Apartments project is taking shape on 2.85 acres. It is a 310-unit five-story building that will have a fitness center and club area, two courtyards, a large swimming pool, spa, and courtyard area. This $64 million project is expected to be completed later this year. Fmiklin.email@example.com Workers are putting the finishing touches on 6900 Layton, the new home of Newmont Mining and Atlanta-based LogistiCare Solutions LLC, who just leased two floors there.
This is the DTC Union Apartments on S. Niagara Street under construction. Photos by Freda Miklin
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Is white right…after Labor Day?
Ways to make it right!
I grew up in the Ohio where there were four distinct seasons. My passion for fashion began in elementary school and my talented, award-winning mother taught me about color and textiles. She even weighed in on what to wear for a tryout. When we were about to leave for a dressy event one fall evening, she remarked (and not in a complimentary way) that the white coat I had chosen to wear over my ensemble looked like the breath of summer. From then on, I looked forward to the late days of August and time to wear wool plaid when the first marching band practices could be heard. Back then, we called it “rushing the season.” Back then, we didn’t wear white after Labor Day. Back then, there wasn’t much white even available after Labor Day. But today, the fashion boundaries are blurred – especially in Colorado. What do you wear when the temperature still soars in the 90s? This year has been exceptional in many ways. Perhaps, many never transitioned to summer whites at all because of COVID or perhaps wore white linen once, on the patio. What is white anyway? It’s elegant, delicate and ethereal. Aside from wardrobe options, what role does white
in the day. I think white jeans or a sweater can be worn any time of the year now. I love wearing the creams and winter whites – they are soft against the skin and a good alternative to white. At Rebel, there are many white pieces to freshen up and elevate fall and make a statement during cold and gloomy months – creating a feel of luxury and speak of high-end lifestyle.” Designer/stylist Dan Sharp’s career history and client list reads like a Who’s April Jackson from Dan Sharp Who. His young assistant Luxury (Cherry Creek North) April Jackson, a Colorado wears a collection of vintage native, had heard of the Chanel jewelry and Dan Sharp“white rule.” She had designed white silk microfiber this comment: “That jacket with sheared mink, manufactured in Italy fashion rule is becoming irrelevant. There are so many ways to wear white was on the big Rocky after Labor Day- a charming Mountain News Best white coat, a simple white Dressed List and sweater with adorable white modeled in the Oleg boots. There’s no reason to Cassini fashion show limit yourself to just summer that came to town anymore.” shortly after. “In Executive Assistant to mid September the Manager of Dillard’s when the in Park Meadows, leaves fall, Roger Casto, Karyn white cotton Mahagan is a Colorado seems native, loves clothes unwelcome. Come and never followed November, winter fashion rules. white wool is She’s a fan delicious for the of white holidays. I even cowboy have winter white boots!” Nathalia Inna Jensen from Faribault Rebel (Cherry Hills grew up in Karyn Mahagan from Marketplace) in white Minnesota. Dillard’s (Park Meadows flared pant with gold She was on Retail Resort) in white top button accents by The Villager’s and booties by Gianni Derek Lam, blouse Bini, bag by Brahmin, Best Dressed and blazer by skirt by Elie Tahari and L’Agence List – Stiletto exclusive handcrafted and is a jewelry by unode50 former regional director of boots as well as Free Fashion Group People and always looks stunning International-Denver. gets compliments whether chairing “White is always when she wears a black tie gala wonderful! Think them year ‘round. or just shopping. winter white. I have “Ugg and North Face About the white white leather pants, have both introduced after Labor Day white boots and white white and just think rule, she had this to jackets. Do it! Wear it! about our tennis say: “I don’t think Love it!” shoes. The last four that rule applies Prior to owning years, we’ve seen anymore. In the Rebel in Cherry Hills popular white fashion Midwest, it was a Marketplace Robyn boots.” hard and fast Bairstow had stores in Scottie Iverson is rule, but we dressed up more Southern California an award-winning there. Colorado is so casual where there really past regional director that white jeans can be worn weren’t any seasons. “We of Fashion Group Internationalwith a fur and/or imitation fur wore white all year ‘round back Denver.
play in defining our values? Life? Purity? Truth? It reflects all the light of the spectrum without any dominant wavelength, making it have no color. What I didn’t realize, until someone pointed it out, is that I wear white more often than any other of my favorites. White lace, white raincoat, white wool coat, white parka, white fur, white shoes, white boots, white jeans, white jewelry and I love white flowers. Even my camera is… white! My interviews with fashion lovers, fashion icons and fashion businesses were illuminating and fun! Bonnie Mandarich has great fashion sense and always
vest with boots to a game, out to dinner or the mountains. There are tons of winter whites shown in the fashion magazines.” Marlene Siegel grew up in Denver, Santa Fe and Albuquerque,
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Team Trump tour bus stops in Greenwood Village Mission: Get one more vote! Grateful for the rain, Trump followers stood outside with umbrellas at the State Republican Committee Headquarters building in Greenwood Village when the Colorado Team Trump Bus Tour made its stop. Regional Field Director, Colorado Republican Party – Stephen Mueller reached out to supporters in advance. The rally emphasized the ticking of the clock – only sixty-some more days until the election. Alighting from the bus and speaking under a canopy was Constitutional law attorney and the passionate Colorado GOP Vice Chair, Kristi Burton Brown. She expects and wants more big wins in Colorado – more red in Colorado. She moved to Colorado when she was nine years old. Vet John Tiegen, survivor of 9/11/12 attack on Benghazi with Her daughter is now nine and she does not want to give over to his pal Axel (Puppies for Trump?) the “blue state.” She introduced John Pence, nephew of VP Mike Pence who was especially enthusiastic. “The Republican Party is the American Party. Trump fights for us, We need to fight for him! We will defend our freedom by defending the police and the Constitution,” he said. “We need to put America first!” Veteran John Tiegen is a survivor of Benghazi. Accompanying him was his dog, Axel.” We need to be vocal,” he said. “We need to take our schools back, too. We didn’t want a politician, we wanted a leader.” Tiegen gave a shout out to veteran Casper Stockholm, running for CD 7, saying: “Casper came out to fight protesting.” Tiegen continued: “We need to be heard and seen. Insurance doesn’t cover rioting and looting. We the people = Vote!” Senior Legal Advisor for the Trump Team, Jenna Ellis grew up in Colorado. “The Dems ABOVE: Here comes the bus! are pushing the anti-American ABOVE, INSET: Lynne and Bo agenda. We need Trump to help Cottrell us make Colorado Great Again! FAR RIGHT: Women for Trump We need to take back ‘We the RIGHT: Lisa Fertman with an People’ We need to protect our image of President Trump God-given rights!” BELOW: Some of the attendees with the surrogates What President Trump told in front – holding up four Marc Lotter was that this is not fingers for four more years a campaign, it’s a movement. “Although Donald Trump is two decades older than I, he is wearing me out. Can we work like he does for 67 more days? It’s about security, economic security and national security. Biden is the one who sent jobs away. We will defend, not defund. We’ve got the message, we just need to get out and do it – talk and win the argument”. He assigned each in the audience a mission: get one more vote! He related his story of meeting a 62-year-old woman at one of the stops along the way who had never voted and didn’t know how and where to register. He got her registered. She is on the Trump Team.
Vice Chair, Colorado Republican Party – Kristi Burton Brown at the mic with Trump Campaign Senior Legal Advisor Jenna Ellis and Marc Lotter, director of strategic communications and former press secretary for VP Mike Pence
John Pence, nephew of Vice President Mike Pence
“We need Trump to help us make Colorado great again!” -Jenna Ellis, Trump Campaign Senior Legal Advisor
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PROUD TO BE YOUR COMMUNITY BANK FOR OVER 25 YEARS! TWENTY FIVE YEARS
First American State Bank is a Community Jewel By Freda Miklin The Villager Staff Writer
8390 East Crescent Parkway Suite 100 Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111 303.694.6464 www.fasbank.com
“We celebrate 25 years of serving the unique needs of people in their business, professional and personal lives.” ~Jay Davidson, Founder, Chairman of First American State Bank
First American State Bank (FASB) at 8390 E. Crescent Parkway in Greenwood Village is celebrating its 25th anniversary as an independently owned and managed community bank. Customers at FASB have long-term relationships with their bankers, who get to know them and overall financial needs and goals. Founder, CEO and Chairman Jay Davidson told The Villager that they just celebrated anniversaries of two employees who have been at FASB 25 years. There are many employees who have worked there for over 15 years, something hard to find at larger institutions with multiple branches. What makes FASB unique in today’s market is, they get to know their customers and their customers’ needs. “We can make lending decisions very rapidly, sometimes in as little as two days,” Davidson told us, adding, “We remain a community and commercial bank. All the decisions are made in house, unlike at a large bank. That makes us more attuned and invested in our community and we are here to help our community thrive.” Since FASB keeps all its underwriting in house, and doesn’t sell its loans to third parties, they retain all the risk. Says Michelle
Gruber, assistant vice-president, “We try to write smart loans on the front end. It’s in our best interest for our customers to succeed.” FASB’s loan portfolio is comprised of a mix of commercial and residential loans. On the mortgage side, Davidson told us, they often use the commercial underwriting process for home loans to high net worth individuals who are in unique situations, such as professional athletes. Commercial loans in FASB’s portfolio average in the $1 million to $2 million range, though they can go higher with $265 million in assets. He explained that their lending area “is predominantly the front range Fort Collins to Pueblo,” so loan officers can always see how projects are progressing for themselves. Davidson is gratified that, even in this difficult time of the coronavirus pandemic, FASB “is having the best year of our 25 years,” which he attributes to “longrange planning and preparation, low overhead, and great relationships with our customers.” Gruber added, “Over the last 10 years, community banks have declined about 50%. Community banks are the unicorn in the industry. People don’t know how nice it is to be treated well until they walk through our doors. For many of our customers, coming into the bank is part of their weekly routine and our employees know their names. During the pandemic, our lending officers have been calling all our borrowers and checking in with them to see how
Cupcakes by Native Cakes at 25th Anniversary Celebration
The Village Toy Drive
Fitness Festival 5k Run
Fitness Festival 5k Run
Kristina and Jay Davidson with Vice President Ellen Murlin at 25th Celebration
they’re doing and what we can do to help.” At FASB, they take community seriously. Davidson told us that Gruber “is the driving force in The Village Toy Drive that benefits the Volunteers of America (VOA), garnering thousands of toys to make sure that each child gets a gift.” Due to her efforts, VOA has nominated The Village Toy Drive for National Philanthropic Day recognition. Davidson graduated from college as an engineer but comes from a family of bankers. His grandfather started a bank in 1903 in Williston, ND, near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers. Williston is on 7.5 square miles of land and according to the U.S. Census Bureau its population grew from 763 in 1900 to 3,124 in 1910. During the economic bust of the 1980’s, Davidson’s father and uncle asked him to help them clean up the bank’s problems. He discovered that he liked banking better than engineering and came to Colorado and with other local investors starting FASB from scratch with a new bank charter on July 5, 1995. They opened on Belleview Avenue in Denver in the shopping center then known as Marina Landing and moved to their current location two years later in Greenwood Village’s Village Center, home to multiple office buildings and lots of green grass. When we asked Davidson what he sees for the future of FASB, he told us, “We plan to continue to grow organically as a community bank. We love our community and helping people do well financially.” Fmiklin.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sept. 20, 1935 - Aug. 25, 2020 DJ Dean passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, August 25 with her daughter Tamara at her side. DJ was born in Missouri and moved to Denver soon after high school. She met and married Roger Dean and had two children Troy and Tamara. DJ took up painting several years ago and her hands were never still. She could be up for 30+ hours painting and has many of her works
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Colorado Ballet announces 2020/21 season dancer roster The Company welcomes two new Soloists, says farewell to audience favorites Colorado Ballet welcomes two new Soloists to the company for the 2020/2021 Season. The company also adds five dancers to the Corps de Ballet, promoting four from Apprentice positions, and promotes five dancers from the Studio Company to Apprentice positions in the main Company. In addition, Colorado Ballet recognizes the retirements of long-time Principal Dancer Chandra Kuykendall, Soloist Tracy Jones and Corps de Ballet Dancers Arianna Ciccarelli and Tyler Rhoads. In addition, Colorado Ballet and the Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy are
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excited to announce that six pre-professional students have been hired to join the Studio Company. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome new dancers to our company and to celebrate promotions within the company ahead of our 60th Anniversary Season,” states Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “We are grateful for the 30 years that Principal Dancer Chandra Kuykendall spent with our Academy and Company. Her artistry is very moving and it was a joy to be a part of her journey as a professional dancer. We wish her and our other retiring dancers the very best for their future endeavors. For the entire 2020/2021 dancer roster, please visit our website.
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Todd McPherson, Development Director for Integrated Family Community Services, and members of SMDRA’s Charities and Community Involvement Committee gather around the collected food drive donations to benefit those in need throughout the metro Denver area.
SMDRA’s Annual Food Drive nets 6,000 pounds of food Plus cash donations in partnership with Integrated Family Community Services
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he South Metro Denver REALTOR® Association (SMDRA) recently held its annual Food Drive in partnership with Integrated Family Community Services (IFCS), a charitable organization that provides basic human services and enrichment programs to low-income people utilizing community resources. This year’s Food Drive netted 6,000 pounds of food and $550 in cash donations, which were presented to IFCS representatives on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at SMDRA’s Centennial headquarters. The annual event was coordinated through SMDRA’s Charities and Community Involvement Committee (CCIC) which is dedicated to supporting programs and non-profit organizations with housing related endeavors for the benefit of individuals and families throughout the metro Denver area. “IFCS helps families achieve self-sufficiency by providing financial assistance, school supplies, holiday baskets, recreational center vouchers, food and clothing markets and more, and we are proud to be in-
volved with such a worthwhile organization,” said Heather Hankins, SMDRA’s Chairman of the Board. “The non-profit gives a hand up rather than a hand out, and it is truly a hopeful place for those in need. All services and programs are delivered in a manner that preserves the dignity and sense of selfworth of all clients. SMDRA has always strived to be a good steward of the metro Denver area by giving back to the communities that have fueled our success, and IFCS helps us fulfill this commitment.” “The IFCS Food Bank has been in dire need of support during the current pandemic crisis that has plagued our city and the nation,” said Todd McPherson, Development Director for Integrated Family Community Services. “Many of the Food Bank’s shelves have been bare and it has been increasingly difficult to provide the support that so many people need. SMDRA’s efforts are very much appreciated and certainly timely. Food and cash donations are needed more than ever to maintain our necessary inven-
tory. I wish to personally thank SMDRA’s staff and membership for their generous response to our needs.” A list of non-perishable food items and donation sites can be seen on the IFCS website at www.ifcs.org where caring people can also make monetary donations. Visit the IFCS website today for more information and to help the less fortunate. REALTOR members of SMDRA subscribe to the National Association of REALTORS strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, which is dedicated to protecting consumers in the real estate transaction. The code requires REALTORS to identify and take steps to eliminate practices which may damage the public or which might discredit or dishonor the real estate profession. As local business owners and residents, REALTORS are vested in building healthy and vibrant communities across the country. SMDRA members have made extraordinary commitments to improving the quality of life in their communities through volunteer work and by supporting a variety of charitable organizations.
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I recently had the pleasure of meeting Susan Sweeney Lanam, Director of Marketing for The Villager, and we are getting started on some fun decluttering and organizing projects in her home! Since mid-March, many of us have spent more time in our homes than ever before. What have you noticed about your space? Did you create a laundry list of home improvements? Was organizing on there by chance? Maybe you accomplished several organizing projects on your own – if so, kudos! By now though, the pendulum may have swung the other way. After months of balancing work and family with busier-than-usual home life, some parts of your house may look like a tornado came through. With a five and eight-year-old home constantly, I can certainly relate! Whether you are feeling organized or not, Fall is a perfect time to reset your space and prepare for being indoors more often. Whether it be one closet, one room, or a whole floor, feeling organized and calm is essential for functioning successfully. This is especially true during uncertain, changing times. In this home organizing column I will often be covering a specific organizing tip or area of your home. Today, however, I want to start with the big picture and share something I created three years ago when moving into my new home – a Mindful Map. Creating a Mindful Map for your home is simple and straightforward. Spend a few minutes in each room of your home and jot down words describing the purpose and energy of the space. Some rooms may feel perfect just as they are! Other spaces may not feel so fabulous. For these areas, focus on what would be ideal energy and activity for that space, rather than concentrating on its current state. For example, the kitchen is so much more than just a place to make a meal. It can be a place for creativity, hospitality, nourishment, gathering, serving, the heart of the home, and so on. What words describe the ideal energy and function of your kitchen? As you travel through your home, think of the energy in each room you want foremost for you and your family. Then consider the vibe for friends and guests (one day we will host big parties again)! Write all your ideas down. Maybe many of your rooms look “model-home perfect” on the outside, but there’s a secret drawer, cupboard, bookshelf, or corner that is unsightly
and disorganized. I challenge you to consider the contents of each room. Reflect on what you actually want and need and which items serve the purpose and atmosphere of the room. Here’s another example, the master bedroom - calm, cozy, place for decompressing, reading, intimacy, rest, and self care come to my mind. Therefore, piles of paperwork, bags of returns, and miscellaneous technology need to find a different place to live. Keep in mind that surface items and items stored away greatly influence the energy and efficiency of a room. A Mindful Map of your home might be the most important step towards overall home improvement. It can and should be applied to the garage, entryway, and definitely outdoor spaces as well. Consider involving your partner or family in this process.
Think of the Mindful Map like the mission and vision statement for your home! This map then becomes a blueprint for all items in a home and provides the following benefits: • Helps determine which items are really serving the room’s purpose • Guides the decluttering, purging, and donating process • Provides clarity on what should (and should not) be in each area • Assists you to more easily find things and put them away • Supports the long-term goals of your home and life, which inevitably grow and change over time • Enables longer-lasting overall organization • Helps you know what and how much you have (inventory/backup items). • Creates a “to do list” for each room. What needs to happen in order for your mission to become reality? What part of this do you need a professional organizer’s support with? It’s challenging to start organizing a space when we don’t have clear intention. Mindfully mapping out your home - room by room - helps shed light on the areas that most need help. Organizing is specific to each item, each person, and each home. It’s not a one size fits all situation. My specialty is personalizing your space to meet your specific needs. So, if starting or finishing any home organization project (or this Mindful Map) feels overwhelming, frustrating, or just nearly impossible, you are not alone! Professional home organizers exist because we love this work and want to be of service. Let’s talk and make a plan!
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BY DONALD PETERSON Dear Readers, How do you collect personal property after death with a Small Estates Affidavit? Sometimes an estate has assets which need to be transferred to a successor, not including real estate, which do not require the opening of a probate estate under Colorado law regarding collection
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Preparing your child for school and life ow that school has started, parents are taking a collective sigh of relief, but also worry about what the school year will bring. There is an excitement about new school supplies, schedules, backpacks, lockers, and classes. There is angst about COVID and all that it entails. There are rotating schedules and remote learning modules. There is also is a dark side to sending children to school in this polarized environment in the middle of the ongoing culture war we are experiencing. The clash of ideas about what one believes to be true will be challenged. There was a time, not too
long ago, that universal values were taught and expected such as honesty, integrity, self-regulation, discipline, kindness, empathy, and character development. Do these constructs get taught or even utilized in schools anymore? What is the public debate about regarding the mission of schools and education? Are we teaching ideology or helping children learn how to think for themselves? Are we teaching students about English, math, science, social studies, reading and writing? These subjects are essential to life success. To overlook some other aspects of learning and intellectual development,
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Gardner announces $27.5 million in DOT grants for Colorado airports U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award a combined total of $27, 522,043 for six
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Young Voices of Colorado celebrates 30 years of teaching young people to sing! Young Voices of Colorado Celebrates 30 Years of Excellence!
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Voices has presented three major concerts each year and has performed hundreds of times locally and throughout the world. Although its home venue, The Newman Center for the Performing Arts at D.U., is dark during the pandemic, the group looks forward to performing live concerts again as soon as it is safe to return to this and other venues throughout metropolitan Denver. The choir has toured nine U.S. states and 13 countries and has performed in many historic places, including Carnegie Hall and Notre Dame Cathedral. In July, 2019, Young Voices earned international acclaim by winning a silver medal in the a cappella competition of the prestigious Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales. At home Young Voices produces an annual international choral festival, Sing A Mile High, and has brought 115 children’s choirs from across the country and the world to Denver for collaborative rehearsals, workshops, and performances under the batons of renowned visiting conductors. On Saturday, October 3, 2020, Young Voices will celebrate the completion of its 30th year with a virtual fundraising gala commemorating its long and successful history and the young people’s lives it has enriched with music. The organization teaches vocal technique, music literacy, listening, cooperation, leadership, excellence and collaboration towards common goals. Whether they eventually become musicians, business people, journalists, surgeons, teachers or truly great parents, the children who spend time in this organization are undoubtedly changed for the better. For more information about Young Voices of Colorado, contact the choir office at 303.797.7464 or visit our website at www.youngvoices.org.
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Rockies fight back winning 4 of 6 games
The Rockies brought a swift at the playoffs. end to their recent string of The other element that conlosses, sweeping the Arizona tinues to drag on the team’s Diamondbacks at Chase Field performance is the lack of in a 3-game series. Then they consistent run production parreturned home to face the ticularly with runners in scoring high-flying San Diego Padres. position. In last week’s 6 games They managed to salvage only they once again fell short pro1 game of that 4-game ducing runs in only 15 series, a 4-3 win highof 62 opportunities. lighted by a standout 7 To provide a boost innings of shutout ball to team performance from starter Antonio at the plate and on the Senzatela and a walkmound the Rockies off run scoring hit by made two moves just first baseman Daniel prior to the trade deadBY B.T. GALLOWAY Murphy. Senzatela now line of August 31. To leads the starting staff offset the missing shut with a 3-1 record and a 3.32 down capability of the injured ERA in 43.1 innings thanks to Scott Oberg, they acquired his ability to pitch deep into 30-year old reliever Mychal games. “Tony” Givens from the BaltiDuring the weekend there more Orioles. This right-handwere pitching problems in the ed veteran features a 96 - 98 Padres series which led to some mph fastball with an effective discouraging blowouts. For the hard slider. He’s produced a first time this season, starter 1.39 ERA in a setup role this Kyle Freeland lacked comseason with 19 strikeouts in 13 mand. He completed only 4.1 innings. innings after being pummeled With the defensive talent and for 4 runs on 11 hits. The strug- run production of Davod Dahl gling bullpen couldn’t stop San lost for the rest of this season, Diego’s talented lineup in what they acquired Boston Red Sox became a 10 – 4 loss. center fielder Kevin Pillar. ForSunday’s 13 – 2 loss merly a star with the Toronto was even more Blue Jays for over six disappointing as years, the 31-year old promising rookie veteran provides the starter Ryan Rockies with a topCastellani was of-the-line defensive pulled after 2 center fielder with a innings in which record of consistent he allowed 5 runs production at the plate. on 6 hits. As time grows short, Now it’s essenthe pressure is on and the tial that the men in schedule is relentless. This the Rockies starting week the Rockies will host rotation “cowboy up” a brief 2-game series against for the remaining 26 the San Francisco Giants, games of the regular then they’ll head to LA for a season if the Rockies long-awaited weekend series are going to have a shot with the Dodgers.
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Glenwood Springs is once again accessible through the use of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon As of this morning, I-70 through Glenwood Canyon has been reopened in both Eastbound and Westbound directions. Traveling through Glenwood Canyon will be different than before, however. The Colorado Department of Transportation asks that you please plan for lower speed limits, no stopping, rest areas closed, likely closures due to mudslides and other events, and head-to-head traffic detours. A big thank you is owed to the brave men and women, on the ground and in the air, working endless hours to keep our community out of harms way in the midst of the Grizzly Creek Fire. In our most recent blog, you’ll find links to important resources for information regarding the fire, detours,
local attractions and more. Though the fire has taken its toll throughout many areas, the same beautiful canyon we know and love can still be seen luscious and green intermittently. The photo above was taken just two days ago before the roads reopening. We invite you to come ex-
perience the land of water in Glenwood Springs - we are eager to welcome you! Book your stay at Hotel Colorado today. Don’t forget, there are still alternate routes such as Independence Pass (passenger vehicles only) for those wanting to take the more “scenic route”!
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ARAPAHOE COUNTY TREASURER NOTICE OF PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE AT TAX LIEN SALE AND OF APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF TREASURER’S DEED To Every Person in Actual Possession or Occupancy of the hereinafter Described Land, Lot or Premises, and to the Person in Whose Name the same was Taxed or Specially Assessed, and to all Persons having an Interest or Title of Record in or to the said Premises and To Whom It May Concern, and more especially to VILLAGE AT CITY CENTER LLLP, SHANNON CALHOUN, GARY BEGG, CITY OF AURORA, MIDAS LAND AND CATTLE COMPANY, INC., CHAMBERSIX ASSOCIATES, BCORP VILLAGE AT CITY CENTER LLC, PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY OF COLORADO, VILLAGE AT CITY CENTER CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., FOX ROTHSCHILD LLP, PICKARD LAW P.C. You and each of you are hereby notified that on the 3rd day of November, 2016, A.D., the then County Treasurer of the County of Arapahoe, in the State of Colorado, sold at public tax lien sale to FIG CAPITAL INVESTMENTS CO13
LLC, the following described real estate situate in the County of Arapahoe, State of Colorado, to-wit:
present holder of said Certificate, who has made request upon the Treasurer of said County for a deed to said real estate;
LOT 1 BLK 1 VILLAGE AT CITY CENTER SUB 1ST FLG EX PART REPLATTED & EX IMPROVEMENTS aka 642 SOUTH FAIRPLAY ST
That a Treasurer’s Deed will be issued for said real estate to the said BLUE SPRUCE SERVICING COMPANY LLC, on or about the 25th day of November, 2020, A.D., unless the same has been redeemed.
and said County Treasurer issued a Certificate of Purchase therefore to FIG CAPITAL INVESTMENTS CO13 LLC; Whereas, the said FIG CAPITAL INVESTMENTS CO13 LLC did, on the 30th day of March 2020 duly assigned the certificate of the sale of the tax lien on the property as aforesaid, and all its rights, title, and interest in said property, to BLUE SPRUCE SERVICING COMPANY LLC. That said tax lien sale was made to satisfy the delinquent general taxes assessed against said real estate for the year 2015; That said real estate was taxed or specially assessed in the name(s) of VILLAGE AT CITY CENTER LLLP for said year 2015; That said BLUE SPRUCE SERVICING COMPANY LLC, on the 30th day of March, 2020, the
Said property may be redeemed from said sale at any time prior to the actual execution of said Treasurer’s Deed. Witness my hand this 12th day of August, 2020, A.D. Sue Sandstrom Treasurer Arapahoe County Published in The Villager First Publication: August 20, 2020 Last Publication: September 3, 2020 Legal # 9829 ___________________________ NOTICE OF PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE AT TAX LIEN SALE AND OF APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF TREASURER’S DEED To Every Person in Actual Pos-
session or Occupancy of the hereinafter Described Land, Lot or Premises, and to the Person in Whose Name the same was Taxed or Specially Assessed, and to all Persons having an Interest or Title of Record in or to the said Premises and To Whom It May Concern, and more especially to
Arapahoe, in the State of Colorado, sold at public tax lien sale to FIG CAPITAL INVESTMENTS CO13 LLC, the following described real estate situate in the County of Arapahoe, State of Colorado, to-wit: LOT 1 BLK 1 STERLING HILLS SUB 11TH FLG EX THOSE PARTS REPLATTED AS STERLING HILLS CONDOMINIUMS & EX M/R’S aka VACANT LAND
STERLING HILLS AURORA LLLP, SHANNON CALHOUN, GARY BEGG, BCORP STERLING HILLS LLC, BERENBAUM WEINSHIENK PC, INTERAMERICAN INVESTMENTS, INC., BCORP MANAGEMENT, INC., KELLY BEGG, HOLLAND AND HART, BCORPHRT, LLC, BCORP MANAGEMENT INC., HRT COLORADO DEVELOPMENT, INC., UNION PACIFIC LAND COMPANY, CITY OF AURORA, STERLING HILLS WEST METROPOLITAN DISTRICT, STERLING HILLS WEST METROPOLITAN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, ANADARKO PETROLEUM CORPORATION f/k/a RME PETROLEUM AND f/k/a RME LAND CORP., BCORP ROCK RIDGE, LLC, ARAPAHOE COUNTY PUBLIC TRUSTEE
and said County Treasurer issued a Certificate of Purchase therefore to FIG CAPITAL INVESTMENTS CO13 LLC; Whereas, the said FIG CAPITAL INVESTMENTS CO13 LLC did, on the 30th day of March 2020 duly assigned the certificate of the sale of the tax lien on the property as aforesaid, and all its rights, title, and interest in said property, to BLUE SPRUCE SERVICING COMPANY LLC.
You and each of you are hereby notified that on the 3rd day of November, 2016, A.D., the then County Treasurer of the County of
That said real estate was taxed or specially assessed in the name(s) of STERLING HILLS AURORA LLLP for said year 2015;
That said tax lien sale was made to satisfy the delinquent general taxes assessed against said real estate for the year 2015;
That said BLUE SPRUCE SERVICING COMPANY LLC, on the 30th day of March, 2020, the present holder of said Certificate, who has made request upon the Treasurer of said County for a deed to said real estate; That a Treasurer’s Deed will be issued for said real estate to the said BLUE SPRUCE SERVICING COMPANY LLC, on or about the 25th day of November, 2020, A.D., unless the same has been redeemed. Said property may be redeemed from said sale at any time prior to the actual execution of said Treasurer’s Deed. Witness my hand this 12th day of August, 2020, A.D. Sue Sandstrom Treasurer Arapahoe County Published in The Villager First Publication: August 20, 2020 Last Publication: September 3, 2020 Legal # 9830 ___________________________
ARAPAHOE COUNTY TREASURER STATEMENT OF CASH RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS JANUARY 1 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020
Beginning Balance (154,744.37) (4,388,803.65) (600,658.83) (2,582.25) (3,663,312.92) (230,860,904.65) (6,685,880.53) (43,207.06) (40,914.30) (3,821,617.07) (6,768,129.08) (569,552.72) 16,241.38 (21,611.53) (70,585.89) (222,054.15) (49,730.00)
2% DAILY RENTAL FEE-VEHICLE ADVANCE GENERAL TAXES CITIES-CORPORATIONS CITY SALES TAX ESCROW OTHER OWNERSHIP TAX PERSONAL PROPERTY DISTRAINT CERTIFICATE REFUNDS-CLERK&RECORDER SCHOOLS COUNTY SPECIAL DISTRICTS STATE ACCOUNTS REFUNDS-TAX OVERPAYMENTS TAX SALE AND SUB-ONS TREASURY DEED PROCEEDS UNDISTRIBUTED SME RENTAL OWNERSHIP TAX UNDISTRIBUTED TAX UNPROCESSED TAX CERTIFICATES TOTAL
Current Tax 71,489,459.12
640,218,775.74 136,798,093.59 304,183,300.96
(67,705.49) 175,349.77 (16,251.95) 38,369.59 (231,766.84) 58,765.53
22,070,334.88 4,706,204.02 9,149,941.41
Tax and Apportionments Debits 1,295,996.58 4,360,769.54 144,963,081.74 2,274,502.59 6,058,486.23 32,898,818.22 104,666,193.24 703,371.85 979,749,257.02 143,380,671.73 412,997,827.71 194,831,044.74 87,172.36 2,042.79 18,591.86 1,367,451,595.49 308,930.00
Credits (1,170,867.49) (3,083.97) (167,510,658.63) (2,271,968.47) (6,368,533.65) (210,308,856.24) (101,571,692.04) (708,736.95) (991,032,267.10) (143,380,671.73) (497,892,375.64) (194,860,221.28) (87,172.36) (1,367,664,429.24) (301,830.00)
Ending Balance (29,615.28) (31,118.08) (23,148,235.72) (48.13) (3,973,360.34) (408,270,942.67) (3,591,379.33) (43,207.06) (46,279.40) (15,104,627.15) (91,662,677.01) (598,729.26) 16,241.38 (19,568.74) (51,994.03) (434,887.90) (42,630.00)
(329,649.86) 291,580.40 39,190,561.31 1,854,256.48 3,396,048,353.69 *** BRACKETED FIGURES INDICATE CREDIT BALANCE***
Published in The Villager Published: September 3, 2020 Legal # 9846
ARAPAHOE COUNTY ARAPAHOE COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CASE NO LDC19-003, REQUIRED NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH / LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENT PROPOSAL: Arapahoe County is proposing a Land Development Code Amendment to require neighborhood outreach for certain development case types. The proposed amendment would include: the development case types that would require neighborhood outreach as part of the application submittal process, at what stage the outreach would occur, noticing requirements, and required proof of notice. The amendment would also provide guidance on when and where outreach would be conducted. The Development Application Manual, the companion document to the Land Development Code, would be updated to include process instructions and outreach summary requirements. Arapahoe County is proposing to update the following Code sections to capture outreach requirements and the case types requiring neigh-
borhood outreach: new section 5-2.1.B.2, ‘Neighborhood Outreach’ (under existing section 5-2.1, ‘Application Submittal and Approval Process’, and part B, ‘Application Process’); Table 5-1.1.1 (Summary Of Review And Decision-Making Authority And Public Hearing And Notice Requirements); and Table 5-2.2.1 (Public Hearing Notice Requirements).
afternoon preceding the hearing.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on September 22, 2020 at 9:30 am, or as soon thereafter as the calendar of the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners permits, a public hearing will be held; at which, all interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard concerning the abovedescribed Case No. LDC19-003, Required Neighborhood Outreach / Land Development Code Amendment. The hearing will be held at the Arapahoe County Administration Building, 5334 S Prince St., East Hearing Room, Littleton, CO 80120. Please note, due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency the hearing will be conducted through remote access – please check the weekly public meeting agenda at https://www.arapahoegov.com/ AgendaCenter/Board-of-CountyCommissioners-1 for specific information on how to attend and participate. The agenda will typically be posted by the Friday
Joan Lopez, Clerk to the Board
More information about this proposal is available at the offices of the Arapahoe County Public Works and Development Department, Planning Division, 6924 S. Lima St., Centennial, CO 80112, or by calling (720) 874-6650 during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday). Published in The Villager Published: September 3, 2020 Legal # 9847 ___________________________ ARAPAHOE COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CASE NO PP19-002, EAST VIRGINIA VILLAGE / PRELIMINARY PLAT PROPOSAL: The applicant, Century Communities, wishes to plat a 6.7 acre lot that is to be developed for 74 dwelling units. This development proposes 21 residential town home buildings, ten 3-unit buildings and eleven 4-unit buildings. Each town home building is two stories in height and includes two garage parking spaces for each dwelling unit totaling 148 garage spaces. In addition to garage parking, 37 additional on-street parking spaces and 72 driveway parking spaces are proposed. The proposal also
includes a pocket park and 40% open space. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on September 22, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., or as soon thereafter as the calendar of the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners permits, a public hearing will be held; at which, all interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard concerning the abovedescribed Case No PP19-002, East Virginia Village / Preliminary Plat. The public hearing is scheduled for the East Hearing Room, 5334 South Prince Street, Littleton Colorado 80120, however, please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency the hearing will be conducted through remote access – please check the weekly public meeting agenda at https:// www.arapahoegov.com/AgendaCenter/Board-of-County-Commissioners-1 for specific information on how to attend and participate. The agenda will typically be posted by the Friday afternoon preceding the hearing. More information about this proposal is available at the offices of the Arapahoe County Public Works and Development Department, Planning Division, 6924 S. Lima St., Centennial, CO 80112 (by appointment only) or by calling 720-874-6650 or by emailing plan-
firstname.lastname@example.org during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday). Joan Lopez, Clerk to the Board Published in The Villager Published: September 3, 2020 Legal # 9848 ___________________________ ARAPAHOE COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CASE NO PF20-002, COPPERLEAF FILING NO. 25 / FINAL PLAT PROPOSAL: The applicant, Staack Developers, Inc., wishes to replat a 6.33 acre site from six lots to five lots. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on September 22, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., or as soon thereafter as the calendar of the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners permits, a public hearing will be held; at which, all interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard concerning the above-described Case No PF20-002, Copperleaf Filing No. 25 / Final Plat. The public hearing is scheduled for the East Hearing Room, 5334 South Prince Street, Littleton Colorado 80120; however,
please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency the hearing will be conducted through remote access – please check the weekly public meeting agenda at https:// www.arapahoegov.com/AgendaCenter/Board-of-County-Commissioners-1 for specific information on how to attend and participate. The agenda will typically be posted by the Friday afternoon preceding the hearing. More information about this proposal is available at the offices of the Arapahoe County Public Works and Development Department, Planning Division, 6924 S. Lima St., Centennial, CO 80112 (by appointment only) or by calling 720-874-6650 or by emailing email@example.com during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday). Joan Lopez, Clerk to the Board Published in The Villager Published: September 3, 2020 Legal # 9852 ___________________________
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—Continued from previous page— CITY OF GREENWOOD VILLAGE PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Greenwood Village City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, September 14, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. at Greenwood Village City Hall, 6060 South Quebec Street, Greenwood Village, Colorado concerning Ordinance 13-20: An Ordinance Repealing and Reenacting Articles 2 Through 10 of Chapter 18 of the Greenwood Village Municipal Code to Adopt by Reference the International Building Code, 2018 Edition; the International Residential Code, 2018 Edition; the International Plumbing Code, 2018 Edition; the International Mechanical Code, 2018 Edition; the International Fuel Gas Code, 2018 Edition; the International Fire Code, 2018 Edition; the International Energy Conservation Code, 2018 Edition; the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC), 2018 Edition; the National Electric Code, 2017 Edition and adding a New Article 11 to Chapter 18 of the Greenwood Village Municipal Code Adopting the ANSI (Accessibility) Code, 2017 Edition All interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. Copies of the ordinance being considered, and codes being adopted will be on file in the office of the City Clerk and will be open for inspection. You may also access the codes online using the following link: https://codes. iccsafe.org/search/?category=ICodes&page=1 BY ORDER OF THE GREENWOOD VILLAGE CITY COUNCIL /s/Susan M. Ortiz, MMC, City Clerk Published in The Villager First Publication: August 27, 2020 Last Publication: September 3, 2020 Legal # 9845 ___________________________ BID INFORMATION ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Notice is hereby given that the City of Greenwood Village, Colorado (the “City”) will receive sealed bids at the Community Development front desk in Greenwood Village City Hall (6060 South Quebec Street, Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111) until 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 17, 2020 for the City Hall Security Upgrades Project. The scope of the project includes interior modifications to the City Hall common public areas for increased security, including new customer counters, new secured access doors and associated finish upgrades. The proposed interior modifications are part of a larger planned interior remodel of City Hall, with this project serving as the first phase. The plans and specifications for the project are available electronically via Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing on the Greenwood Village website (www. greenwoodvillage.com/bids). The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids, and to make final determination in the event of duplications. No bid may be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days after the date set for opening thereof. The City requires a certified or cashier’s check, or a corporate surety bond in the amount of five percent (5%) of the total bid amount before the City can accept or consider any bid. The bid and
the deposit shall be filed with the City’s Office, securely sealed and endorsed on the outside with a brief statement as to the nature of the item or work for which the bid is provided. Upon a bid award, such bond shall be returned to the unsuccessful bidder(s). In the case of the successful bidder, the bid bond will be returned upon receipt of the required payment and performance bonds, each in the full amount of the contract price. Bids will be opened publicly at 1:01 pm on September 17, 2020 at Greenwood Village City Hall and shall be tabulated by the City. A pre-bid project open house will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Greenwood Village City Hall, 6060 S. Quebec Street, Greenwood Village, CO, 80111 (main lobby). The pre-bid project open house is voluntary and is provided for interested parties to visit City Hall with the Project Manager and ask questions regarding the project in an open house format. Any questions regarding the project should be directed to Derek Holcomb at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 486-5791. Published in The Villager First Publication: September 3, 2020 Last Publication: September 10, 2020 Legal # 9849 ___________________________ GREENWOOD VILLAGE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PURSUANT TO THE LIQUOR LAWS OF THE STATE OF COLORADO NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Bhattarai Inc d/b/a India’s Castle by application dated July 09, 2020 has requested the Local Liquor Licensing Authority of the City of Greenwood Village to grant a Hotel & Restaurant Liquor License at 9555 E Arapahoe Road #18 & 19, Greenwood Village, CO 80112 to sell malt, vinous, and spirituous liquor for on-premises consumption. A Public Hearing to consider the application has been scheduled to be held before the City Council of the City of Greenwood Village acting as the Local Licensing Authority on September 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, Greenwood Village City Hall, 6060 South Quebec Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. Any party in interest shall be allowed to present evidence and to cross examine witnesses at the Public Hearing. Any party of interest shall be allowed to present evidence and to cross examine witnesses at the hearing. Members: Bhupa Bhattarai, 10025 E Girard Avenue Apt 24 E 313, Denver, CO 80231 Bindu Neupane, 10025 E Girard Avenue Apt 24 E 313, Denver, CO 80231 Information as to the application, procedures, petitions or remonstrances may be obtained from the City Clerk at Greenwood Village City Hall. BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GREENWOOD VILLAGE JACKIE EWDARDS LICENSING SPECIALIST Published in The Villager Published: September 3, 2020 Legal # 9850 ___________________________
GREENWOOD VILLAGE City of Greenwood Village Notice of Proposed Disposition of Unclaimed Property NOTICE IS HERERBY GIVEN that pursuant to Chapter 4-10-120 of the City of Greenwood Village Code, the City has had in its possession the following property for more than 30 days without claim having been: Reason Property Owner Estimated Value Held Firearm Ruger P89 9mm Firearm Ruger P95 9mm Firearm Glock 30 .45 Firearm HiPoint CF .38 Firearm Jerico 941 .40 Firearm S&W SE40VE .40 Firearm Jiminez .38 Firearm Clock 22.50 Firearm Raven MP25 .25 Firearm Crossman BW8M22NP .22 Firearm Powermaster BB Scope Firearm S&W 37 .38 Firearm Bruni 92 8mm Firearm S&W SD9V 9mm Firearm Taurus Ultralite .38
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Dispo Dispo Dispo Dispo Dispo Dispo Dispo Dispo Dispo Safekeeping Safekeeping Safekeeping Dispo Found Safekeeping Found
Grey Kink BMX Unknown >99 Found Green Ozone Bicycle Unknown >99 Found Aqua Huffy Bicycle Unknown >99 Found Black Schwin Bicycle Unknown >99 Found Colo LP 550WKS Erika Leal >99 Found Colo LP 350UIB Unknown >99 Found Brown Wallet Justin Becker >99 Found Black Wallet Pauline Regala >99 Found Keys Jacob Pike >99 Found Infinity Key Fob Unknown >99 Found Empty Rx Bottle Levi Van Pelt >99 Found Keys Unknown >99 Safekeeping Colo Temp Tag Colo DMV >99 Safekeeping Black Army Wallet Derek Doelle >99 Safekeeping Credit Cards Alan Moldonado >99 Safekeeping Colo LP AZO M27 Kevin Cosalenos >99 Safekeeping Badge Dana Taylor >99 Safekeeping Colo DL Isiah Brim >99 Safekeeping Credit Card Isiah Brim >99 Safekeeping RVCA Ball Cap Unknown >99 Safekeeping Samsung Cell Phone Unknown >99 Safekeeping LG Smart Phone Mary Green >99 Safekeeping Color DL and cards Michael Tisdale >99 Safekeeping Camo Wallet Unknown >99 Safekeeping Checkered Wallet/Keys Unknown >99 Safekeeping Sams Club Card Alba Ruiz >99 Safekeeping UPS ID Josh Ruiz >99 Safekeeping Green Dot Visa Tracey Devader >99 Safekeeping Bank Cards Logan Anaoll >99 Safekeeping Black Wallet Unknown >99 Safekeeping Colo ID Matthew Ruiz >99 Safekeeping Colo ID Xaziea Lane >99 Safekeeping Checkbook Joseph Lopez >99 Safekeeping Colo ID Isaac Lopez >99 Safekeeping Samsung Cell Phone Unknown >99 Safekeeping Pocket Knife David Clements >99 Safekeeping Brown Purse Unknown >99 Safekeeping Camo Purse Unknown >99 Safekeeping Multi Colored Backpack Berri Dangelo >99 Safekeeping Black Tub Car Care Items Unknown >99 Found Black Tub Car Care Items Unknown >99 Found Box with clothing Unknown >99 Found Backpack Unknown >99 Found Motorolla Cell Phone Unknown >99 Found LG Smart Phone Unknown >99 Found Samsung Cell Phone Unknown >99 Found Black BB Gun Unknown >99 Found 22 Cal Fasteners Unknown >99 Found Green Backpack Unknown >99 Found Multiple Personal Items Brandon Velasquez >99 Safekeeping Multiple Personal Items Unknown >99 Found If anyone asserts to be the owner of any of the above-mentioned item, inquiry for claim should be made in writing to Dave Oliver, City of Greenwood Village, 6060 South Quebec Street, Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111-4591, and should contain information identifying the item by a SERIAL NUMBER, COLOR, and/or CERTAIN CHARACTERISTIC MARKINGS OF THE ITEM. If the owner fails to provide Dave Oliver with a written claim for the property within thirty (30) days of the publication of this notice, the items shall become the sole property of the City of Greenwood Village and any claim by the owner to such property shall be deemed forfeited. Susan M. Ortiz, MMC City Clerk
Published: Sept 3, 2020 Published In: The Villager Legal #9851
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Colorado Lottery achieves second largest sales year ever Despite a sharp decrease in sales during the state’s monthlong Stay at Home order in March, Colorado Lottery sales bounced back strongly to close out fiscal year 2020 with $658.8 million in sales, the second highest revenue year in Lottery history. As restrictions loosened and Coloradans’ shopping habits normalized, the organization was able to end the fiscal year that closed June 30 just 3% under fiscal year 2019, yet still 7% above fiscal year 2018. Last fiscal year was a record-breaking year for the Lottery, due in part to four high jackpots for both Mega Millions and Powerball. Lottery Scratch game sales have grown steadily, increasing more than 20% over the last two years alone. Scratch lead Lottery products in sales at $490.7 million for fiscal year 2020. Recent successes of Lottery’s Scratch product can be attributed in part to stronger adherence to industry best practices and strategic product planning. Sales of national draw games have been decreasing nationally in recent years. This fiscal year Powerball revenues were $51.1 million and Mega Millions came in at $37.7 million. Colorado Lotto+ sales have been steadily growing since its launch in September 2019 and now rivals annual sales of Mega Millions at $32.9 million in sales for last fiscal year. Cash 5 came in at $18.1 million; Lucky
for Life earned $14.9 million; and Pick 3 saw $13.4 million in sales. Thanks to a strong start to the year and the support of its loyal players and retailers during the brief shut down, the Lottery was able to meet its Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) cap in April 2020. Down 14% from fiscal year 2019 but still slightly more than the prior fiscal year 2018, this pandemic year the $142.4 million in proceeds will continue to fund the Lottery’s beneficiaries that support the outdoors and schools. Total net revenues to GOCO at the close of fiscal year 2020 came in at $70.4 million, $57.0 million to Conservation Trust Fund (CTF), and $14.2 million to Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW). Spillover GOCO proceeds netted $870,000 for Building Excellent School Today (BEST) this fiscal year. “The Lottery’s most important role this year, especially as the pandemic worsened, was not sales, but was to keep our players, retailers and staff safe,” said Tom Seaver, director of the Colorado Lottery. “Because many of our retailers, like grocery stores, were considered part of essential services, we were able to maintain a steady drumbeat of sales that produced a stellar year.” For a month beginning midMarch, approximately 3.5% of the Lottery’s 3,200 retailers had to shut down, mostly bars, restaurants and casinos.
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September: For those who don’t feel comfortable seeing a film at an indoor theater, Denver Arts & Venues and Denver Film is extending its schedule of drive-in family films at Red Rocks into the fall. Sept. 4 Love and Basketball, Sept. 5 The Princess Bride, Sept. 6 Star Wars: A New Hope. Films are being shown in the Lower South Lot 2 parking area. Admission is $59.50 per car and includes snacks and drinks. Gates open 6:00 pm, Film begins 7:00 pm. Get your tickets at denverfilm.org or redrocksonline.com/film
Special Olympics Plane Pull Contest
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Plane Pull is staged each year to raise critical funds for Special Olympics Colorado. Each team has a fundraising minimum of $1,000. 9:00 am. Legacy Air on the grounds of Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, 11755 Airport Way, Broomfield. To register visit specialolympicsco.org or call 720-359-3100
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September 12. Join us for a fine-feathered friend, socially responsible evening benefitting the zoo’s animal care and recovery efforts. Live entertainment, festive food and drink plus exclusive animal experiences will be featured. Tickets start at $175 for general admission. 5:00 – 9:00 pm. 2300 Steele Street. For tickets visit tickets.denverzoo.org. For information call 720-337-1400
The Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York Street location has opened with limited attendance numbers, timed tickets and strict social distancing guidelines. Admissions are capped at 250 people in two-hour increments. Make a reservation online for a specific date at botanicgardens.org. Tickets will not be available onsite. For information call 720-865-3500
Bessie’s Hope Bridge of Love Virtual Gala
September 17. Join us for a special evening of tribute and support. Entertainment will be provided by Tony David & Wildefire. Showtime 7:00 – 8:00 pm. For information on participation or sponsorship go to bessieshope.org or call 303-830-903
Park Meadows Mall
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hearth. Then it bit her. She was aghast, “Now why did you do that after I was so nice to you?” The serpent replied, “Lady, you must remember—you are dealing with a snake! What did you expect?” Recently, two men of color died while in police custody. One tried to escape and, sadly, was shot. The other was under the influence of drugs and trying to pass a counterfeit bill. Neither man is guilty of a capital offense. Yet they are dead. Very regrettable. Yet, in the ensuing riots and protests, several to-
tally innocent children have died. Some were asleep in a crib or stroller and none deserved to die because of a damn protest. Nor police officers, nor innocent bystanders, nor shopkeepers trying to protect their property. Rioters were ready to burn, loot, and even kill to mourn the passing of two shady characters in police custody, long before the wheels of justice began to turn. So, what shall we do that is appropriate to mourn the deaths of the purely innocent? Whatever that may be, we sincerely pray that it does not bring misery to innocent others.
“Idol Across America” open virtual auditions via Zoom visits Colorado
WHAT: Open call virtual Zoom auditions for AMERICAN IDOL in COLORADO “American Idol” will continue to break new innovative boundaries with custom-built Zoom technology to host “Idol Across America,” its first-ever live virtual nationwide search for the next superstar. “Idol Across America” remote auditions will take place across all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., for the first time since the show’s inception, making auditions easier than ever. Idol hopefuls will have the
chance to audition face-to-face in front of “American Idol” producers as the “Idol Across America” virtual tour stops in their home state. WHERE: “Idol Across America” visits Colorado with brand-new custom-built Zoom technology. WHEN: REGISTRATION / AUDITIONS – Tuesday, September 1 Available press opportunities include: Interviews with an “American Idol” producer (before or after audition date) Interviews with “American
Perhaps mayors and governors could take action to quell riots, arson, and looting before they get out of hand? Make mass arrests, fill the jails, warehouse the rest somewhere. Make sure that crime really does not pay. Peaceful marches are ok, but the first rock, bottle or other object thrown should bring swift results. We Americans have been conditioned to ignore one outrage after another in the hope that things will get better. They never do. When will we ever learn? Should we lie down, roll over, and play dead dog? We are already doing just that.
Idol” hopefuls Interviews with past local “American Idol” contestants Please note: Crews are responsible for recording interviews from their own personal computer. Production will provide additional assets upon request. If interested in “American Idol” interview opportunities or if you have any questions please email: lkenyon@superjuiceco. com Please visit www.american idol.com/auditions for more information on “Idol Across America” and specific audition details, locations, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions.
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