Colorado Army National ski and winter training was held in Vail, Colorado, Feb. 14-17. This training enhanced...
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER After a constructive meeting between representatives of the Historic Down...
SUBMITTED BY VIKKI MIGOYADIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONSOFFICE OF DISTRICT ATTORNEY District Attorney George Brauch...
Celebrated broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff, the anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, h...
BY LYNN BARTELS An Arapahoe County native who grew up Catholic has left an imprint on Israel. Throughout the c...
In recognition of his contributions to the National Western Stock Show and the University of Wyoming for more...
The Stoney Brook Book Club celebrated their 10th anniversary on December 2 with a luncheon at YaYa’s. The club...
BY FREDA MIKLINSTAFF WRITER As you plan your holiday purchases, consider shopping local instead of just “letti...
Congressman Jason Crow announced that a full $25 million federal grant for the City of Aurora’s I-70/Picadilly...
BY DORIS B. TRUHLARSTAFF WRITER The Colorado Civil Air Patrol (CAP) often engages in search and rescues in the...
Colorado Army National ski and winter training was held in Vail, Colorado, Feb. 14-17.
This training enhanced the Soldiers’ mountain skills while honoring Colorado as the original home of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division.
“Testing our warriors’ skills in a winter environment is critical to their readiness,” The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh said. “We’re also following a proud legacy of service handed down by our 10th Mountain veterans who first trained in Colorado.”
Many 10th Mountain veterans returned to Colorado following World War II and laid the foundations of Colorado’s ski industry.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Riva Ridge in Italy, where 10th Mountain Soldiers defeated Nazi forces on the slopes of the northern Apennine Mountains.
Additionally the CONG’s 157th Infantry is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau labor camp led by CONG U.S. Army Lt. Col. Felix Sparks.
A COARNG UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter used for mountain search and rescue and other domestic operations landed on Vail Mountain and was open to the public for viewing. The public had the opportunity to view other equipment including a Small Unit Support Vehicle and a High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle. The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, a Special Forces all-terrain utility vehicle, and other team and individual military equipment used in high-altitude military and rescue operations also, built snow caves, and demonstrated the CONG’s mountain infantry capabilities. Soldiers also participated in a tribute parade and hosted a military ski race, both in Vail.
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
After a constructive meeting between representatives of the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants Association (HDLM), South Metro Fire Rescue, the City of Littleton, Western Welcome Week, and Tri-State Fireworks, Inc. on Feb. 6, organizers are hopeful that Littleton’s Main Street Block Party will return this summer.
Fire Marshall and Bureau Chief Anthony Valdez was one of four representatives of SMFR who came to the meeting with Greg Reinke, president of the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants Association, his brother Chris Reinke, co- owner of Reinke Brothers costume and Halloween shop, three other members of HDLM, and Cindy Hathaway of Western Welcome Week. Said Valdez, “We want to be a community fire department. SMFR is willing to partner with you where we can on costs of special permit fees but technical expertise is needed to ensure a safe pyrotechnics event.”
Agreement was reached at the meeting that HDLM will present detailed plans of their fireworks display to SMFR staff experts soon, who will determine the exact cost of a permit, allowing HDLM to make a timely decision about the event.
The block party, which had been held on the second Saturday in June for the past 14 years, was abruptly cancelled for 2019 last May when organizers found out that their permit fees for the festivity and fireworks show were going to be much higher than they had been previously.
Greg Reinke, organizer of the event, was shocked to learn that SMFR was going to charge as much as $1,600 for both a special event and pyrotechnics display permit, unlike the $150 that Littleton Fire Rescue had charged in previous years.
Said Reinke, “We aren’t saying that SMFR is being unreasonable, but we are all volunteers and HDLM is a not-for-profit, so it all comes down to the fees. We have to make a final decision by March 31 so we can sign contracts.” According to its published fee schedule, SMFR’s total charge for a plan check and inspection of a fireworks display is $1,079.28. During the meeting, participants discussed that this year’s special event fee (not including the fireworks display) for the Block Party was promised to be no more than $240.
On Jan. 1, 2019 Littleton Fire Rescue (LFR), previously an independent agency of the city, became part of South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR), which covers 540,000 residents over 285 square miles with 29 separate fire stations in 12 cities, unincorporated portions of Arapahoe, Jefferson, and Douglas counties, Centennial Airport, the Denver Tech Center, Inverness, and Meridian Office Park.
Randy Young, Littleton’s deputy city manager, said, “We feel that SMFR is being fair with their fees and the City of Littleton appreciates what they’ve done. We (LFR) weren’t charging what it cost us, which is partly why we couldn’t afford to maintain our own fire department.” The city supports the event by providing police officers and public works employees at no charge, which was reported to have cost over $18,000 in 2018, including fire department personnel who are no longer part of Littleton city government
During the meeting, Greg Reinke said, “In 1999, when we brought our business here, downtown Littleton was dying. Now it’s vibrant. The Block Party is like going to Disneyland. It’s a high-quality event. We draw over 30,000 people and the HDLM pays for it all. The fireworks display is an important part of it.”
Joe Diaz, owner and founder of Tri-State Fireworks, Inc., who puts on the fireworks show for the Littleton Main Street Block Party, said, “We’re the only state and federally- licensed contractor in this area.” Noting that the cost of fireworks has gone up because of the Coronavirus outbreak in China, he said, “The product we use comes from a family-owned business in Italy that makes reliable products.”
SUBMITTED BY VIKKI MIGOYADIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONSOFFICE OF DISTRICT ATTORNEY
District Attorney George Brauchler, a colonel and military judge in the Colorado Army National Guard, recently travelled to Malaysia on behalf of the Department of Defense to conduct human rights-related training. Brauchler worked with members of the Malaysian Navy, teaching courses on use of force, gender violence and human trafficking under the auspices of the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS).
DIILS is the “lead DoD security cooperation resource for global legal engagement and capacity-building with international defense sector officials” and regularly works with militaries around the globe.
“I have spent a career doing nearly everything in military law, and I was happy be able to work with our partner countries on the important work of upholding the law of armed conflict,” said Brauchler. “The United States is a global democracy leader, and we are actively engaged in working with our military partners to uphold international standards.”
Brauchler’s commitment to service extends beyond his own actions and includes the Office of District Attorney. During the hiring process, he actively seeks out qualified applicants with military service. There are currently 17 of these patriots on staff, including eight currently active in Guard or Reserve. Our office proudly supports our prosecutors while they deploy to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and elsewhere. Two of our prosecutors are currently on active duty.
“As a veteran of the Iraq war, and as member of the Colorado Army National Guard, I know well the value these women and men bring to any organization, especially one dedicated to upholding our Constitution and seeking justice” Brauchler said.
In 2017 the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office was awarded the prestigious Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the first DA’s office to be honored in the 22-year history of the award.
“I am proud to have created the most veteran- and military-friendly office in government,” Brauchler said. “We do all we can to ensure our office welcomes and encourages Guard and Reserve members in their service to our great nation.”
Celebrated broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff, the anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, has been named the recipient of the Denver Press Club’s 26th annual Damon Runyon Award.
Woodruff will be honored by the club on Saturday, April 11, 2020, during a banquet at the Denver Athletic Club.
“Judy Woodruff has been a pioneer in broadcasting and an ardent supporter of women in journalism and media,” said Dan Petty, president of the Denver Press Club. “Her work delivering a steady, no-frills, highly informative nightly newscast stands as a beacon amid the chaotic Washington news cycle. We couldn’t be more pleased to present to her this honor.”
Her reporting career began in Atlanta in 1970 at the CBS affiliate soon after she graduated from Duke University in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She joined NBC in 1975 to work as a general assignment reporter in Atlanta. In 1977, she moved to Washington, D.C., to become an NBC White House correspondent, covering the administrations of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
Woodruff then moved to PBS, working there from 1983-1993 as the chief Washington correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour while also anchoring “Frontline with Judy Woodruff” from 1984-1990.
In 1993, she jumped to CNN, where she worked for 12 years, anchoring the program “Inside Politics” and covering major events including Richard Nixon’s funeral and the War in Afghanistan. She returned to the NewsHour in 2007. In 2013, she and the late Gwen Ifill were named the first two women to co-anchor a national broadcast before Ifill’s death in 2016.
Woodruff joins the list of previous Runyon winners that comprise an honor roll of American journalism. They are Jimmy Breslin, Mike Royko, Molly Ivins, Herb Caen, Pete Hamill, Ted Turner, Maureen Dowd, Tom Brokaw, David Halberstam, Ed Bradley, Carl Hiaasen, Seymour Hersh, George Will, Bob Costas, Tim Russert, Rick Reilly, P.J. O’Rourke, Anna Quindlen, Frank Deford, Mike Lupica, Katie Couric, Norm Clarke, Jill Abramson, David Simon, Marty Baron and Bob Woodward.
The award is named after Damon Runyon, a legendary journalist who grew up in Colorado, worked at The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, and became a member of the Press Club in 1907.
Runyon later went on to fame and glory in New York City as a columnist for Hearst newspapers. He is best-known for a collection of stories called “Guys and Dolls,” which later turned into a Broadway musical and a movie.
The Runyon Award banquet is the major fundraiser of the historic club, which is the oldest in the nation. Proceeds go toward the club’s historic preservation and five scholarships for $1500 and one — the John C. Ensslin Memorial Scholarship — for $3,000. The scholarships are reserved for six college journalists from universities in Colorado.
Tickets are available now from Blacktie Colorado and are expected to sell out.
BY LYNN BARTELS
An Arapahoe County native who grew up Catholic has left an imprint on Israel.
Throughout the country, whether dining under the stars in a Bedouin style tent in the desert or touring an indoor playground built to withstand rocket attacks from nearby Gaza, Israeli leaders warmly welcomed an old friend, Bob Lembke, during his recent visits there.
Lembke, a 1973 graduate of Arapahoe High School and the president of United Water and Sanitation District, was part of a delegation of elected, community and government leaders who toured the country in early December.
It was Lembke’s 10th trip to Israel in nine years, and at times he got emotional when he talked about what the country and its people mean to him.
“The strength and courage of the people in the periphery areas of Israel are inspiring,” Lembke said. “They echo the spirit of the West that created our region 150 years ago, and remind me of the homesteading done by my grandparents and mother.”
Among the lawmakers on the trip was Sen. Jeff Bridges, a Democrat from Greenwood Village, “As the only legislator with a Masters of Divinity degree, it was particularly meaningful to spend time with a great group of Coloradans in an area with such deep connections to some of our major world religions,” Bridges said.
“The trip itself was a well-balanced presentation of the challenges and opportunities facing the state of Israel today, both internal and external, along with a deep dive into their historical context—in some cases going back thousands of years.”
He noted that Israel is about the same size of the Front Range from Fort Collins to Pueblo, with “just as many water-related challenges as we have here in Colorado.”
Bridges was surprised to see the city of Greenwood Village mentioned at the heavily fortified indoor playground at Sderot. It appears on a donor wall listing Lembke and his wife, Carol, whose contribution was was made in honor of their daughters, Adrienne and Corinne.
The playground was built so that toddlers and teen-agers would have a safe place to play when Hamas launches rockets from Gaza. People in that area have less than 15 seconds from the time the sirens go off to reach a bomb shelter inside the structure.
Because of that time crunch, a climbing wall for teenagers couldn’t be too high because if a warning siren went off they wouldn’t have time to unhook a harness and rush to the shelter. That’s the same reason there is no merry-go-round.
PTSD among the children in the region is rampant, a guide said. Bed wetting. Nightmares.
“I’m a sucker for kids,” Lembke said, when asked why he donated.
The Lembkes also are listed as patrons of the Magdala project on the Sea of Galilee. It was envisioned as a pilgrimage center, and during construction in 2009 authorities discovered a first-century synagogue where Jesus Christ is believed to have preached.
“One of the things that I like about Magdala is that first of all it truly has tried to integrate the Jewish and Christian histories together,” Lembke told the group after a tour of the project. “Their tagline ‘Crossroads of Jewish and Christian history’ is so appropriate.”
He paid tribute to two Catholic priests involved in the project, Fathers Juan Solana and Eamon Kelly.
“These are two of my favorite people in Israel,” Lembke said.
But Lembke also is a favorite. At the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, a waiter hovered around Lembke, bringing him cappuccinos with fancy designs and glasses and glasses or orange juice. The waiter and Lembke have known each other for several years.
Said Bridges: “It was truly remarkable to see how grateful the folks were for Bob’s generosity. He’s clearly made a very positive impression, and I could feel that gratitude extend to all of us Coloradans on the trip.”
Lynn Bartels worked as a journalist for 35 years, including for the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post. She now does communication consulting; one of her clients is United Water.
In recognition of his contributions to the National Western Stock Show and the University of Wyoming for more than three decades, the Red Meat Club of Denver has named Dr. Doug Hixon the 2020 Friend of the National Western. Hixon will be honored at the group’s annual meeting in the National Western Club on January 16, 2020.
“Dr. Hixon exemplifies the character and passion for the red meat industry as well as any honoree in our history,” said Bret Fox, Chairman of the Red Meat Club Committee.
Hixon judged at the NWSS almost every year from 1982 to 2015, evaluating bulls and females of numerous breeds, in addition to feeder cattle, pens and market steers. He also served as superintendent of both the collegiate carload and livestock judging contests.
Hixon retired from the University of Wyoming in 2013 after a 31-year career in Laramie, 13 of which were spent as head of the Department of Animal Science.
“We are thrilled to honor Dr. Hixon for a lifetime of commitment to agriculture and education,” said Paul Andrews, NWSS President and CEO. “He is a well-respected leader in his field and has earned that respect through his high-quality work.”
The Stoney Brook Book Club celebrated their 10th anniversary on December 2 with a luncheon at YaYa’s.
The club has read and discussed 100 books – some were very good, occasionally we made a bad choice said Shirley Klotz, one of the members.The club presented a gift to Jan Klatskin who has kept the records and meetings on track for the full decade.
The SBBC was started by three Stoney Brook neighbors who wanted a book club where everyone was within walking distance of each other. Most were not acquainted with each other but are very good friends now. Another objective ten years ago was to keep the interest in reading books alive and well!
BY FREDA MIKLINSTAFF WRITER
As you plan your holiday purchases, consider shopping local instead of just “letting your fingers do the walking” by pressing keys on a computer. Get out and breathe the fresh air!
In most cities in Colorado, the majority of city general fund revenues come from sales and use taxes. In Greenwood Village, that number exceeds 60 percent of all city revenues. In Centennial, it is 53 percent. In Aurora, it is 55 percent. In Lone Tree, it is 50 percent.
Why does it matter? Local shopkeepers give our cities personality and vitality. Their stories are they run by people you know and are an important source of local jobs. Neighborhood shops also provide competition, unique options, and most importantly, pay for the services that matter most to residents: police, emergency services, streets and maintenance, parks, and public works, in addition to the unique special events put on by cities that allow communities to come together and get to know their neighbors. There are also the mundane aspects of city government that we don’t notice but improve the quality of our lives, like the zoning codes and land use rules that keep our neighborhoods beautiful.
When thinking about where to go out to dinner, save your gas and the environment by choosing a nearby restaurant where you know the staff and will probably run into your neighbors. The sales tax on those dining tabs can help your city, too.
Most people order online sometimes, but this holiday season, and all year long, when you can, keep your shopping dollars and your restaurant dollars close to home where they matter most!
2018 All Rights Reserved. Villager Publishing |