SUBMITTED BY ANNA C. DOLAN CHERRY CREEK SCHOOLS Dave Logan and Andy Lowry know a thing or two about state cham...
Santa Clause will be visiting Downtown Littleton every Saturday & Sunday between 11 am and 2 pm through Ch...
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER An entity associated with Stan Kroenke bought the 5-acre Belleview Promen...
Come in from the cold for some hot deals on cool reads at the Used Book Sale at Koelbel Library on Saturday, D...
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER It was blistery cold at 6:00 p.m. on November 30 when the 5A number one-r...
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER The Institute for Justice (IJ) has taken on the case of Leo and Alfonsia,...
This year the Make A Wish Foundation was the recipient of the Brown Palace Hotel’s generosity and open heart,...
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER On November 20, the business leaders for responsible government section o...
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER In last week’s Villager, we wrote about a new law in Greenwood Village co...
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER Although they won 42-28 and dominated the second half, the Cherry Creek H...
SUBMITTED BY ANNA C. DOLAN
CHERRY CREEK SCHOOLS
Dave Logan and Andy Lowry know a thing or two about state championship football here in Colorado. Logan, the head coach at Cherry Creek and three other area schools since 1993, and Lowry, head man at Columbine since 1994, will face each other on Saturday as the Bruins and Rebels vie for the 2019 state crown. The two veteran head coaches have participated in 15 5A State Championship games in the last 25-plus years. Both were part of a preview press conference on Tuesday at Empower Field at Mile High.
“I have a lot of respect for Andy,” Logan said. “When you coach against a guy and watch him work with his staff and his kids over decades, you admire how they do things.
“This is a pretty good football state. It’s a smaller state, but there are some really good coaches here,” Logan added. “Like Andy, these guys are excellent coaches, and now, even though we’re competitors on Saturday, we’re friends as well.”
Coach Logan has won seven state titles with Cherry Creek, Mullen, Chatfield and Arvada West. Lowry has been to the final game five times and won all five, including in 2006, when his Columbine Rebels beat Logan’s’ Mullen team 13-10 in a hard-fought contest.
“I have great respect for Dave and his staff and it’s been fun getting to know him and competing against him through the years,” Lowry said. “He’s somebody I respect and admire. I was just talking to my kids about him the other day. He’s probably the best athlete to come through our state and was drafted in three sports and that’s just unheard of. In this generation, with everyone being just one-sport athletes, it’s amazing to be able to use him as an example.”
Both coaches noted how their respective programs have great backing from their schools and districts.
“You have to have support from the administration, coaches, teachers and the principal, because when you play this level of football it’s a big operation,” Logan said. “There are a lot people behind the scenes. You do it because you love kids and you love the game and that’s why I think all of us do it.”
Coach Lowry agreed. “I think we both have great administrations and our assistant coaches do so much,” he said. “There’s no way that we could ever take that responsibility on by ourselves. We both have large staffs and a lot of them volunteer just to be part of young people’s lives.”
Columbine and Cherry Creek meet for the 5A State Championship at 2:30 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 7 at Empower Field at Mile High. Cherry Creek Football fans can buy tickets for the game this Wednesday through Friday outside the CCHS Athletic Office from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the 1,000 tickets the school has are gone. Tickets will be $15 for anyone, cash only. No service charge.
Tickets are also available online at https://www1.ticketmaster.com/chsaa-4a5a-championship/event/1E00575295DC7014.
Santa Clause will be visiting Downtown Littleton every Saturday & Sunday between 11 am and 2 pm through Christmas.
You can find him walking along Main Street giving teddy bears to every child; bring your camera and take pictures at no charge.
Redstone Bank is excited to partner with the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants Association (HDLM) in bringing Santa to Littleton this year. “We are opening our second location in downtown Littleton hopefully later this month” said Ryan Johnson, bank President. “We love the small town feel of Littleton and look forward to being involved in many of the community events.”
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
An entity associated with Stan Kroenke bought the 5-acre Belleview Promenade shopping center at 8000 E. Belleview Avenue in Greenwood Village late last month, according to businessden.com. At press time, the transaction was still too recent to be confirmed in the public records of Arapahoe County.
The Belleview Avenue property last changed hands in Aug. 2013 when it was purchased by L & B Realty Advisors for $36.1 million. Kroenke is reported to have paid L & B $49 million for the shopping center, which is home to Ocean Prime, the Original Pancake House, Il Fornaio Italian restaurant, Bar Louie, Bara Sushi, and Larkburger, as well as Homer Reed Ltd. and Tribute Barbershop Lounge. It also contains an always-busy Starbucks.
Kroenke, whose Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE) owns a controlling interest in three of Colorado’s major sports teams, the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and Colorado Rapids soccer team, also owns major parcels of local real estate, including the Pepsi Center and Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, where his three Colorado sports teams play. Football’s Los Angeles Rams are also part of the KSE sports empire.
Come in from the cold for some hot deals on cool reads at the Used Book Sale at Koelbel Library on Saturday, December 7, 9 am-4:30 pm, and again on Sunday, December 8, 12-5 pm at Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Centennial.
The sale, which is sponsored by Friends of Arapahoe Libraries, will feature a large selection of gift-quality books for the holidays. Nonfiction titles, current bestsellers, children’s and many more books in top-notch condition will be sold at reasonable prices.
The Friends of Arapahoe Libraries is a special group of library lovers and supporters whose primary objective is to raise funds by selling used books and Friends memberships.
These funds are allocated to Arapahoe Libraries in the form of grants, supporting programs and projects, such as the annual Summer Reading program, special purchases for the libraries and more. So far in 2019, the Friends Board has granted Arapahoe Libraries $100,000.
For more information or to join the Friends of Arapahoe Libraries before the sale, call 303-LIBRARY or visit arapahoelibraries.org.
It was blistery cold at 6:00 p.m. on November 30 when the 5A number one-ranked undefeated Cherry Creek Bruins (Creek) took on the fifth-ranked 8-5 Pomona Panthers at Stutler Bowl in Greenwood Village.
The game was scheduled to be played at Pomona’s home field in Arvada on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. When it became clear that it wouldn’t be possible to get the field ready in time after the snow and cold, Jason Wilkins, Creek athletic director, told CHSAA that Creek would make its stadium available for the game. The word went out to students, parents, school and district staff that help was needed to get the snow and ice off the seats and all around Stutler Bowl by Saturday afternoon. People showed up with their own shovels and worked for two days over the holiday weekend to get the stadium ready. Pomona was designated as the home team.
Both teams struggled to move the ball in the cold weather. In the second period, after Creek fumbled the ball on its own 23-yard-line, Pomona ran the ball five times. They were on the four-yard line and it was fourth down, with only one yard to go for a first down when Pomona dropped the ball on the handoff and failed to convert or score. Creek got the ball back in a turnover on downs. It was Pomona’s third visit to the red zone in which they failed to come away with any points.
On the first play of the next series, Creek running back Jayle Stacks ran the ball to the ten-yard line before getting hit hard and falling to the ground in pain. With Stacks catching his breath on the sideline, Creek QB Julian Hammond III handed the ball off to Myles Purchase, the previous week’s defensive and special teams star, who ran the ball the length of the field for a touchdown. After Alexi Sanchez-Ventura kicked the PAT, Creek was ahead 7-0 with just over four minutes left in the second period. The score remained there at halftime.
Although Hammond kept the ball and ran it himself three times in the third period, it was a pass from the 19-yard line to tight end/wide receiver Gunnar Helm, who comes from a big family of Creek football players, that brought the score to 14-0 in favor of Creek with just under two minutes left in the third period.
Pomona started the next series on its twenty-yard line. After an errant pass was almost intercepted by Creek cornerback Al Ashford III, Pomona QB junior Brady Ritzmann, who looked strong all night, completed a pass to the thirty-two-yard line, but once again, Pomona could not convert from there and had to punt.
Creek couldn’t do much and the ball was soon back in Pomona’s hands at its 45-yard line. A Ritzmann pass to Chase Muller was followed by a quick tackle by Creek linebacker John Adams after a three-yard gain. Ritzmann’s next pass was to wide receiver Chase Lopez, who made plays all evening long. Lopez ran all the way down to the Creek 10-yard line before finally being tackled by Creek safety Enoch Woolfolk. On a fourth down play, Ritzmann threw a short pass to wide receiver Jack Pospisil for a touchdown, making the score 14-7 following the PAT with 4:30 left to play in the game.
Creek only got to their 40-yard line before Helm had to punt the ball. Pomona was soon threatening before a long pass from Ritzmann to Pospisil was broken up by Creek’s Myles Purchase, playing on the defensive side of the ball. Pomona got down to the Creek 35-yard line and was on a first down with 1:41 left in the game, looking for a touchdown to send the semi-final into overtime when a pass by Ritzmann was tipped by Creek linebacker Dade Bissell into the waiting hands of John Adams for an interception that sealed the victory for the Bruins.
The 5A state championship game will see the undefeated Cherry Creek Bruins in a reprise appearance at Empower Field at Mile High on Saturday, December 7. After losing the championship to Valor Christian 24-14 in 2018, Creek will face the number two-ranked Columbine Rebels. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.
Columbine was ranked sixth before knocking off number two Ralston Valley and number three Valor Christian to advance to the state championship.
Creek head coach Dave Logan told the Denver Post that “It will be a physical game.” Giving credit to his opponents, as he always does, Logan described the Columbine Rebels as “big and strong up front and well coached.” He continued, “We’ll have to have a good week of practice and do the best we can.”
The Institute for Justice (IJ) has taken on the case of Leo and Alfonsia, Lech, whose home was severely damaged in June 2015 by law enforcement, led by Greenwood Village police, attempting to apprehend a criminal suspect. The suspect was eventually captured, charged, and convicted of multiple crimes including attempted murder of a police officer. He is presently serving a 100-year sentence in state prison.
IJ is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization headquartered in Arlington, VA with offices in five other states. It describes itself as “the nation’s only libertarian, civil liberties, public interest law firm.”
On Nov. 27, IJ filed a petition for rehearing “en banc” in the United States Court of Appeals for the tenth circuit. The new attorneys hope to get a majority of the 12 appeals court judges to reach a different conclusion in the case than was already reached by three of its judges on October 29 and a district court judge previously.
The defendants are the City of Greenwood Village and 11 of its then-police officers, including John Jackson, who now serves as the city manager. According to Tonya Haas-Davidson, GV’s city attorney, if this petition is granted, the appeals court may: “(1) make a final disposition of the case without re-argument; (2) restore the case to the calendar for re-argument or re-submission; or (3) issue any other appropriate order.”
The Villager asked IJ attorney Jeffrey Redfern what his firm sees in this case that is different than what the three-judge appeals court panel and the district court judge who have already reviewed it, saw. Redfern told us that IJ believes that other previously decided court cases from around the country, including at the United States Supreme Court, have been misinterpreted or wrongly applied by the three-judge panel and the district court judge, to the issues in the Lech case. IJ’s petition cites 12 cases it believes the en-banc court should consider. One case goes back to 1887 and one is from 2018. Of the 12 cases cited by IJ, nine were also cited in the original appeal decided by the three-judge panel in October. One of the three newly cited is mentioned in the opening paragraph of IJ’s petition.
We also asked Redfern if he knew how potentially winning this case against GV would affect the Lech family since they already received an insurance settlement to compensate them for their loss. He was uncertain but said that IJ was not focused on that issue. They were focused on the question of who should bear the responsibility in a case where the government, in performing its proper duty, which GV did, causes damage to private property. The two court rulings already issued addressed that question directly, however IJ believes they were wrongly decided and the question bears re-examination.
There is no time limit for the court to make its decision.
This year the Make A Wish Foundation was the recipient of the Brown Palace Hotel’s generosity and open heart, being presented with a $10,000 check. See the full story and more photos in next week’s issue.
On November 20, the business leaders for responsible government section of the South Metro Denver Chamber hosted experts in cybersecurity to guide local leaders in dealing with the existential threat of cybersecurity breaches.
Jennifer Kurtz, cyber program director at Manufacturer’s Edge, a nonprofit that promotes the state’s manufacturers, and a graduate of the FBI’s cyber security program, opened the program by sharing that since 2005, 11.7 billion records have been breached. She said there are 165 million compromised accounts on Linked In, which is where many identity thieves get personal data to use to make them sound legitimate.
Kurtz talked about the inherent conflict between security, ethics, and privacy, citing the obstacles of cost, convenience, culture, and contradictions. She said she has no apps on her iPhone, believing that, “If it’s free, it’s not a product. You are.” On privacy, she shared the popular notion that, “When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.”
Patrick Hellman is vice president and chief security officer for Arrow Electronics, a Fortune 109 company with 20,000 employees in 400 offices in 54 countries. He said Arrow requires its employees to use at least 16 characters in their passwords, but doesn’t make them change them frequently because they’ve found that people will bypass that requirement by using predictable patterns.
Hellman said cyber attackers are usually from Russia, China, and eastern Europe, but they are now outsourcing to Nigeria and Vietnam. He said, “The Chinese are good, but the Russians, who are usually part of organized crime, are very good.” Once they infiltrate an email account, they focus on deleted emails to get information because people don’t pay attention to deleted emails. He said the latest area where attacks are being made is payroll, where criminals mine data, then send fake emails directing that paychecks be deposited to a new bank.
Hellman told the group that the records from the 2017 Equifax breach and the breach of Capital One that occurred earlier this year have not yet surfaced. That will occur, he said, when the thieves decide the time is right.
Mike Greco, cybersecurity expert with the labor and employment law firm of Fisher Phillips, said companies must be prepared because, “You will be breached. You need to recognize it and have a lawyer handy.”
All the experts agree that a security breach should not be announced until you are certain that one has occurred. Then you need to consider what industry you are in and what statutes apply in determining who you must notify, considering that potential lawsuits might follow. Planning protects you against accusations of negligence after a breach happens. Having professionals already in place to give you advice is very important, especially ones that come with attorney-client privilege.
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