BY DORIS B. TRUHLARSTAFF WRITER The Colorado Civil Air Patrol (CAP) often engages in search and rescues in the...
Santa arriving Nov. 8th! Park Meadows offers guests something truly special this holiday season with magical 3...
SUBMITTED BY THE MEDICAL CENTER OF AURORA The Medical Center of Aurora has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold...
BY BOB BAKERFIRE CHIEF, SOUTH METRO FIRE RESCUE It’s been roughly 10 months since South Metro Fire Rescue and...
SUBMITTED BY TMCA The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) announced that Hallie Woods has been promoted to Chief O...
Wellshire Presbyterian Church began construction on a new Narthex (lobby area) and renovated Sanctuary space i...
The Lions Club of Denver in Colorado, USA, arrived in Ethiopia on January 25, 2019, to conduct an eyesight scr...
BY DORIS B. TRUHLARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a photography con...
CONTRIBUTED BY SMFR South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) announces the appointment of Jon Adams as the new Assistant...
CONTRIBUTED BY HISTORIC LITTLETON, INC. Historic Littleton Inc. presents the 8th annual Historic Downtown Litt...
CONTRIBUTED BY GREENWOOD VILLAGE PARKS, TRAILS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
Over the eight-month program, Neiser and 31 other selectees will have access to unique, personalized tools to grow their leadership capabilities all based on the five values of Colorado’s Civic DNA: 1. Inclusivity 2. Collaboration 3. Shared Vision 4. Leadership 5. Responsibility. This civic fellowship program is now in its second year.
The Colorado Civic DNA Fellows program helps leaders with a deep commitment to Colorado and the Denver Metro community further develop their leadership skills so they can increase their business and civic impact.
Neiser is Chair of the Greenwood Village’s Parks Trails and Recreation Commission and is a Federal appointee from two administrations to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Community Advisory Board. For more information visit https://denverleadership.org/.
CONTRIBUTED BY YOUTH FOR UNDERSTANDING USA
This August, the Brunworth Family of Littleton will be sharing their home with Dumisani, an international exchange student from South Africa. The Brunworth’s were matched with Dumisani, who will be attending Thunder Ridge High School for the academic year through Youth For Understanding USA (YFU).
Youth For Understanding (YFU), one of the world’s oldest, largest and most respected intercultural exchange programs, has been changing the way we see the world through their high school exchange programs. Each year, YFU places hundreds of international exchange students with caring host families across the U.S. and enrolls them in a local area school.
Hosting is all about sharing your version of the American lifestyle with an exchange student while also gaining a new global perspective, many memories and a new family member for life. Exchange students experience tremendous personal growth. At the same time, the impressions made by the students themselves will broaden perspectives of host families and ultimately ripple through schools and across entire communities.
More than 270,000 students and their host families have benefited from their shared cultural experiences. YFU thanks the Brunworth Family for sharing American customs and their unique traditions with this young person embarking on a life-changing experience.
Visit yfuusa.org or call 1.800.TEENAGE to learn more about local opportunities to host, study abroad or volunteer with YFU.
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc., is planning to relocate from Colorado Springs to 6500 S. Greenwood Plaza Boulevard in Greenwood Village. After approval, their new 2-story 25,000-square foot building will be constructed on 1.9 acres of vacant land in the city’s village center area. The property is presently owned by the John Madden Development Company and valued at $1.7 million.
In its proposal for the new building, JA described the primary use of the property as “educational, serving up to 150 middle school or high school students per day during the school year. Students will be bussed from their school to the site midmorning and will depart by bus back to their school in the early afternoon.”
The planned building includes a 7,000-square foot experiential education space, a 2,000 square-foot auditorium that could also be used for outside corporate and community events, and office space for eight to ten employees.
The goal of JA, a global not-for-profit, is to “empower young people to own their economic success through volunteer-delivered programs which give them knowledge/skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.” They accomplish their mission by partnering with businesses to “train 6,000 volunteers (worldwide) to teach students through relevant, responsive, innovative programs in nearly 600 participating schools.” JA’s members “reached approximately 4.8 million elementary through post-secondary students during the year ended June 30, 2018.” The overall organization has a budget of $25 million.
The project is currently being reviewed by case planner David French in the GV community development department, (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and has not yet been scheduled for a public hearing.
K-9 Arrow would do some serious damage to a suspect he catches who isn’t wearing special multi-layer gear that Arrow cannot chew through. All it took for Arrow to catch the suspect was direction from his handler Gordon Carroll.
On June 12, Back the Blue, formed in Colorado in 2016 to provide financial support to law enforcement K-9 units and help local police and sheriffs obtain K-9s, held a benefit called Heroes with Paws. The goal of the event was to raise money to support the Greenwood Village Police Department K-9s, as well as those of the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.
Arapahoe County Deputy Sheriff Kelly Draper’s K-9 Kilo has a muzzle that looks like very sharp teeth.
For the second year in a row, Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village hosted the event and Darby Kelly, Senior Manager, Administrative Services for CoBank at 6340 S. Fiddlers Green Circle in Greenwood Village organized the event, which included hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a silent auction. Sixty people attended and got to meet eight K-9s and their handlers, as well as observe demonstrations of how the dogs assist law enforcement with apprehending suspects and finding illegal drugs.
K-9 Riggs looks to GVPD Officer Jeff Mulqueen for direction and praise.
Police dogs, or K-9s, play a vital role in law enforcement. Trained primarily for tracking and catching suspects and sniffing out illegal drugs, the breeds we see most in our area are German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois. Like humans, dogs use all their senses, but their ability to smell and hear is more acute than ours and they can see ten times better than us in the dark. Dogs used as K-9s are expensive to buy and train. One of the newest members of the team at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, two-year-old K-9 Arrow, is partnered with Deputy Sheriff Gordon Carroll, who has handled K-9s for 11 years. Carroll told the gathering that Arrow cost $6,500 to buy and $50,000 to train. He also shared that the motto for using K-9s is “paws before boots,” meaning, in a high-risk situation, officers prefer to send in dogs to seek out suspects or dangerous substances before they risk the lives of their human officers.
CONTRIBUTED BY SOUTH SUBURBAN PARKS AND RECREATION
The public is invited to an open house-style public input meeting on the proposed Cornerstone Park Revised Site Plan, which includes possible future improvements to the park.
The meeting will take place at Cornerstone Park, 5150 Windermere Street, on Thursday, June 27, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., at the shelter, located just west of the Pickleball courts. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be moved to Buck Recreation Center, 2004 West Powers Avenue.
The Revised Site Plan includes the following:
Conversion of the existing seven multi-use fields to synthetic turf with sports lighting. The light fixtures will be LED with full cut-off to eliminate glare and light trespass outside the field area. An accessible route will provide access to the fields.
Addition of a road connecting the skate park and the playground parking lots to improve circulation and safety within the park.
Addition of six lighted Pickleball courts and lighting the existing horseshoe pits in the active adult area.
Addition of a trail connection to Progress Park at the northeast corner of the site.
Removal of the undeveloped volleyball courts, fourth ball field, amphitheater, xeriscape sculpture garden and tree nursery from the Site Plan.
If approved, conversion of two multi-use fields to synthetic turf with sports lighting may occur as early as 2020. There is no time frame for the other proposed improvements.
To view the proposed improvements, visit ssprd.org/Construction-Detours. Send comments to Senior Park Planner Pam Cornelisse, at email@example.com.
CONTRIBUTED BY U.S. NAVY
A 2000 Heritage High School graduate and Littleton, Colorado, native is playing a key role in the lengthy and rigorous training process that transforms officers into U.S. naval aviators.
Lt. Cmdr. Brad Holmes is an instructor pilot with the “Boomers” of Training Squadron (VT) 27, based in Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. The squadron flies the T-6B Texan II aircraft.
The T-6B II Texan is a training aircraft that is powered by a 1,100 shaft horsepower, free-turbine, turboprop single-engine, four-bladed propeller, with a cruising speed of 320 mph.
A Navy instructor pilot is responsible for training student pilots to become effective naval aviators and helicopter pilots for the fleet.
“My daily work as an instructor pilot is incredibly rewarding, especially having taught 16 people how to hover a helicopter,” Holmes said.
Holmes credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Littleton.
“Nearly every skill I learned as a Boy Scout I have used or continue to use in the Navy,” Holmes said.
Photo simulation of proposed billboard at Belleview and Quebec. Courtesy of Street Media Group
BY FREDA MIKLIN
Last October, Street Media Group (SMG) of Fort Collins notified Arapahoe County that it planned to apply for an amendment to the Planned United Development for the McDonald’s property at 5090 S. Quebec Street (I-25 and Belleview) to allow for the installation of a 60-foot tall, 680-square foot per side, double-sided electronic billboard on the property. The location is in unincorporated Arapahoe County (as is its neighbor to the north, Taco Bell).
On April 15, SMG submitted a letter of intent that said, in part, “The sign would be configured to face I-25, and would not be visible from residential properties.”
Nevertheless, local residents and elected officials were alarmed enough that on June 4, the Greenwood Village City Council unanimously passed a resolution of opposition to the plan. The resolution states that the proposed billboard is not allowed under applicable Arapahoe County zoning rules and is prohibited by applicable Colorado Department of Transportation rules and regulations for the planned location of the billboard. The resolution also directly challenges SMG’s claim that the sign would not be visible from residential properties, saying, “the sign will be highly visible to…those living in the 16-floor Landmark Towers Condominiums.”
Before eventually deciding to vote with his colleagues, Council Member Jerry Presley expressed concerns about whether Greenwood Village “should take formal opposition to this,” since the property is not in GV.
Council Member Dave Kerber made the case that this was a situation in which “we should reach out, a little bit beyond our borders and take positions on areas that adversely affect our citizens.” He cited the building at 7001 E. Belleview Avenue in Denver, just west of the McDonald’s property, as an example of what can happen, saying, “I get complaints, not every day, but a lot concerning the Western Union light,” referring to the yellow band of light visible atop the building at night. “If we could have done anything to douse that light, it would have been of benefit to the quality of life of our residents and their property values. I have some residents who had pretty nice views that are pretty much destroyed as a result of that.”
On May 7, the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a temporary moratorium on the acceptance and processing of applications for any new billboard or other off-premise sign and on applications for conversion of any existing billboard or other off-premise sign to an electronic messaging sign. It will be in effect for up to six months to allow department of public works and development staff to evaluate the land use impacts of billboards, including electronic billboards and off-premise signs, and develop appropriate regulations.
Since the request for the electronic billboard at 5090 S. Quebec Street was submitted before the moratorium went into effect, it will be processed according to the regular rules and procedures of the department of public works and planning. Under those rules, the request will be heard by the Arapahoe County Planning Commission and then the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners. That is presently expected to occur in approximately two months. The documents related to the case have been posted on the county’s web page for planning and land development. For additional information, contact Kat Hammer, Planner II, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUBMITTED BY NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW
During the annual meeting of the Western Stock Show Association (WSSA), (dba, National Western Stock Show), the membership unanimously elected Douglas L. Jones as the new Chairman of the Board and recognized the departure of long-time board member and Chairman, Patrick A. Grant.
Doug Jones is the Owner and President of Jones Realty Group, a commercial real estate investment and services group. Jones began his pilgrimage with the National Western Stock Show as a volunteer, Trustee and Board Member for almost 30 years. Jones added his leadership to several Stock Show committees, including the Junior Livestock Auction Committee, Coors Western Art Advisory Committee, and now serving on the Citizen of the West Steering Committee. Over the last two decades, Jones has exhibited his dedication to the historic Stock Show and the exciting redevelopment of the National Western Center. Doug has also served as board chairman for many well-respected organizations, including Colorado State University, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, St. Joseph Hospital Foundation and Denver Area Boy Scouts of America.
Pat Grant announced he is “stepping down” as Chairman of the Board after 34 years of service with the Association. Grant served as President and CEO of the National Western Stock Show from 1990-2010 and has been Chairman of the WSSA Board since 2016.
“Pat Grant is an iconic figure whose name will remain synonymous within the ag industry and the National Western Stock Show,” said Paul Andrews, National Western Stock Show President and CEO. “Pat has been a great mentor to many on the WSSA Board. He has dedicated most of his career to the National Western Stock Show, and we can’t thank him enough.”
Grant will remain on the board for one year as Immediate Past Chair, and will also serve another year on the National Western Center Authority Board.
Voted to serve as officers on the WSSA Board includes Vice Chairman of the Board and Treasurer, Barth Whitham. Whitham is the President, CEO, and Director of Enduring Resources, LLC, an oil and gas exploration and production company. Whitham brings business and financial acumen to the board that qualifies him to serve as both Vice Chairman and Treasurer. He is joined by Board Secretary, Mark Gustafson, who has served in this capacity for many years. Pete Coors continues to be Chairman of the Capital Campaign, which is raising funds to be contributed by the Association to the City and County of Denver for construction of the Legacy Building.
Returning members to the Board of Directors includes Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, George “Buck” Hutchison, Justin Cumming, Terrance Carroll, Don Elliman,Brooke Fox, Dr. Tony Frank, Guy McEndaffer, Nancy Tuor, Ron Williams and President and CEO, Paul Andrews. Recently added members to the board include Bruce Wagner, CEO of Wagner Equipment, and Mike Long, President and CEO of Arrow Electronics, Inc.
The annual meeting for all WSSA members is held every May at the National Western Complex. It serves as a recap of that year’s National Western Stock Show as well as a projection of future goals for the Association.
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