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BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
On Wednesday, October 30, three armed robbers disguised with dark-colored hoodies, masks, and sunglasses, robbed a Brink’s armored truck at approximately 2:30 p.m. at the Bank of Colorado at 5201 S. Yosemite Street in Greenwood Village. They were armed with one AK47 variant and two semi-automatic handguns.
The suspects were described as all being 5’10” to 6’ tall. Two were said to have average builds and one was described as heavyset. None of their races were able to be determined because they were fully covered. They arrived and fled in a grey Nissan Pathfinder with stolen license plates. The vehicle is thought to be a 2013 to 2016 model. One matching that description has since been located and impounded, according to the FBI, not far from where the robbery occurred. No further information on the vehicle has been released. The amount of money stolen has not been made public.
This crime is presently in the hands of the FBI. There is a $2,000 reward being offered for assistance in solving it. Anyone with information on this bank robbery is encouraged to call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171. You can also call CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867) and remain anonymous.
Special Agent Amy Meyer, Public Affairs Office at the FBI can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information if it becomes available.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Arapahoe PhilharmonicNovember 1. Music Director and Conductor Devin Patrick Hughes presents “Off the Rails”, a train-themed program showcasing the adventurous spirit of the West and the romantic lure of travel by rail. The orchestra will perform two premieres by Zhou Tian and Brian LaGuardia, works by Jennifer Higdon and Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Aaron Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo. 7:30 pm. Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 E. Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village. For information call 303-781-1892
Classic Silent Films with Pianist Hank TroyNovember 8. Troy is a Colorado treasure who has accompanied thousands of silent films. He’ll lend his artistry to two classic movies – The Great K & A Train Robbery starring one-time Canon City resident Tom Mix and One Week featuring comedy legend Buster Keaton. Admission is free. 7:30 pm. Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura Street. For information call 303-794-6379 x 247
Littleton Symphony Free Children’s ConcertNovember 9. The orchestra will present a hilarious whodunit, The Composer is Dead, by beloved children’s author Lemony Snicket. Guest narrator, Steven Taylor, will play the inspector who interrogates all the musicians to find out who is guilty. 2:30 pm. Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura Street. No tickets needed! For information call 303-933-6824
The Way You Learn Best November 2. Denver Academy is a top school in the nation dedicated to teaching diverse learners, including those with dyslexia and ADHD. Attend our Open House and learn from Student Ambassadors and DA Staff how we teach each child the way they learn best. 8:30 am – Noon. 4400 E. Iliff Avenue, Denver. For information call 303-777-5161
Religious HeadwearNovember 6. Join us for a unique panel discussion concerning the history and significance of religious headwear from the dastar to the yarmulke moderated by Dr. Beverly Chico. Dr. Chico, the author of Hats and Headwear Around the World, is a professor at Regis University, Metro State University, and Columbia College. 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Congregation Rodef Shalom, 450 S. Kearney Street, Denver. RSVP to email@example.com or call 303-831-7115
Denver South Annual Luncheon
November 8. Global Tech Leader, Bill McDermott, the former CEO of SAP a 99,000 person global company, will be the keynote speaker. Hear Bill as he shares his wisdom on leadership, overcoming adversity, and what it takes to create and sustain success in the world of business. 11:00 am – 1:30 pm. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 7800 E. Tufts Avenue, Denver. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-531-8377.
Winter Is Coming Fashion ShowNovember 2. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation presents The Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show. Special Guests include Academy & Grammy Award Winner Jamie Foxx. 5:00 pm Cocktails, 6:30 pm Program. Sheraton Denver Downtown, 1550 Court Place. To reserve a table or seats early go to email@example.com or call 303-321-6277
ACC Foundation Anniversary BashNovember 7. The Arapahoe Community College Foundation invites you to come sip and savor at our Grapes and Hops to Grads Annual Fundraiser. All proceeds will support the mission of ACC Foundation to create public awareness and secure funding resources that provide financial assistance for ACC’s students and programs. $90 a couple, $50 individual. 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Mike Ward Automotive Maserati Showroom, 1850 Lucent Court, Highlands Ranch. For tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-985-8580
Mile High Holiday MartNovember 8 – 10. The Junior League of Denver’s annual shopping event boasts local and national vendors offering a wide variety of products including housewares, specialty food items, jewelry, women’s men’s and children’s apparel, pet products and much more. Proceeds support the JLD’s efforts to develop the potential of women, as well as to help improve literacy rates and provide access to books for children through the third grade. Fri. Nov. 8, 1:00 – 8:00 pm; Sat. Nov.9, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sun. Nov. 10, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Gates Field House, University of Denver, 2201 E. Asbury Avenue, Denver. General Admission $5. For information call 303-475-1859
Dia de los Muertos at the GardensNovember 2. Bring your family and friends to celebrate this fun and colorful tradition of the Gardens. This year’s celebration will include indoor screenings of Disney’s Pixar film “Coco”. Children under 15 are free. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street. Limited tickets available. For information call 720-865-3500
Cultural Nonprofit Hosts Engaging Educational Sessions at Denver Central Library, South Suburban Recreational Centers and The Fort
Tesoro Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to protecting and making available to the community the artistic treasures of our American past, has reintroduced its annual educational programming, the 2019-20 Historic Lecture Series. Each year, Tesoro hosts renowned scholars, historians and authors to share their expertise on topics pertaining to the early 19th centuryAmerican West. Tesoro’s Historic Lecture Series is supported by the Western History Department at Yale University. There are several ways to watch each lecturer and experience each lecture weekend: an evening lecture accompanied by dinner at The Fort; a free afternoon session at the Denver Central Library; or a free late afternoon lecture at various South Suburban Parks & Recreation Center locations. South Suburban Recreational Center lectures are free and open to the public and take place on Saturday afternoons; registration is required through their website. Denver Central Library lectures on Sunday afternoons are free and offered on the building’s fifth level in the Gates Reading Room. Sunday evening dinner lectures at The Fort begin at 6 p.m., and tickets cost $68 for non-Tesoro members and $60 for members. Each dinner lecture at The Fort includes a four-course, prix fixe dinner, including a complimentary glass of house wine during the lecture and with dinner. For the first course, guests will enjoy The Fort’s award-winning guacamole and salsa fresca with chips. The Fort’s house salad, with mixed greens, jicama, toasted pepitas and pickled ginger, is served for the second course, alongside pumpkin walnut muffins and house made wheat dinner rolls. The third main course will vary for each lecture, as will the fourth dessert course. The series kicked off on Oct. 12. The next two series are as follows:“The Night The Stars Fell”
Sunday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m., The Fort (19192 Hwy. 8, Morrison)
On Nov. 27, 1833, thousands of meteors showered the sky of North America. To the American Indians, it appeared as though the stars were falling out of the heavens. Join Dr. Steven Lee and Ms. Bethany Williams as they explore this natural phenomenon – today known as the Leonid Meteor Shower – from scientific and cultural perspectives. The Denver Astronomical Society will set up telescopes in The Fort’s courtyard so guests may view the night sky.
“Black Cowboys in the American West”
Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at 4 p.m., Buck Recreation Center (2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton)
Sunday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m., Denver Central Library (10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., 5th Floor, Denver)
Sunday, Jan. , at 6 p.m., The Fort (19192 Hwy. 8, Morrison)
Who were the black cowboys? Presenter Michael “Cowboy Mike” Searles explains: They were drovers, foremen, fiddlers, cowpunchers, cattle rustlers, cooks and singers. They worked as wranglers, riders, ropers, bulldoggers and bronc busters. They came from varied backgrounds – some grew up in slavery, while free men often got their start in Texas and Mexico. Most who joined the long trail drives were men, but black women also rode and worked on western ranches and farms. The first overview of the subject in more than fifty years, Black Cowboys in the American West surveys the life and work of these cattle drivers from the years before the Civil War through the turn of the twentieth century.
For more information and to order tickets, visit tesoroculturalcenter.org/historic-lecture-series. To support arts and culture and become a Tesoro Cultural Center member, visit the organization’s website. All memberships include discounted dinner lectures for the Historic Lecture Series, and include invitations to exclusive events, such as the annual Holiday Auction Party, “Meet the Artists” Patron Parties and more.
SUBMITTED BY ARAPAHOE PHILHARMONIC
The Arapahoe Philharmonic (AP), under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Devin Patrick Hughes, presents its second concert of the 2019–2020 season on Friday, Nov 1 . “Off the Rails” is a train-themed program showcasing the adventurous spirit of the west and the romantic lure of travel by rail. The orchestra will perform two premieres by Zhou Tian and Brian LaGuardia, works by Jennifer Higdon and Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Aaron Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, featuring dancers from the Rocky Mountain Ballet Academy. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 E. Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, and is preceded by a Fall Fête & Silent Auction starting at 6:30 p.m., a pre-concert talk with Conductor Devin Patrick Hughes and guests at 6:45 p.m., and a Children’s Corner for kids of all ages at 7:10 p.m.
This program is built around Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian’s Transcend, which will receive its Colorado premiere at this performance. Zhou was commissioned by a consortium of 13 orchestras from across the country, including the Arapahoe Philharmonic, to compose an orchestral work in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The Reno Philharmonic gave the world premiere performance in April 2019, with the other consortium orchestras, many along or near the Transcontinental Railroad route, presenting performances through the 2019–2020 season. The music represents the arid deserts and mountainous terrain the tracks passed through, the dynamite blasting of tunnels, and even the nationwide Morse code telegraph simply stating “D – O – N – E” that was transmitted upon completion. Tickets and information may be found at https://www.arapahoe-phil.org/event/concert-2-off-the-rails/.
The state’s outdoor recreation office (ORC) was created by former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. It falls under the office of economic development and international trade. Its purpose is to support business and make sure that business supports the outdoors and the environment. So said Samantha Albert, ORC deputy director, to a gathering of 50 leaders of business and government in a South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce (SMDC) economic development program held at the offices of AAA Colorado, Inc. at 6061 S. Willow Drive in Greenwood Village on Oct. 11.
Albert told the attendees from the fields of banking, finance, insurance, energy, and government that 92 percent of Colorado residents participate in outdoor recreation every year. She further explained that the outdoor recreation economy in Colorado annually accounts for $28 billion in consumer spending, ten percent of the state’s gross domestic product, involves 19 percent of its labor force, has a $62 billion total economic impact, and supports 511,000 direct jobs. Six Colorado colleges and universities, including the University of Colorado and Colorado State University, now offer degrees and certificates directly related to the outdoor recreation industry.
Chris Castillian, executive director of Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), told the SMDC economic development group that in its 27 years of existence, GOCO has invested $1.2 billion into projects that built 900 miles of trails, added over 47,000 acres to the state park system, helped support 43 endangered or threatened species of wildlife, protected more than 1,000 miles of rivers, and employed 9.400 young people through the Colorado Youth Corps Association.
Created in 1992 and funded solely by the Colorado Lottery to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces, GOCO’s 17-member independent board, appointed by the governor, awards competitive grants to serve its stated goals. Our state constitution requires that GOCO splits its grant awards equally between 1) outdoor recreation, 2) wildlife, 3) open space, and 4) local government projects.
One of GOCO’s current goals is to connect bicycle trails throughout the state so that riders will one day be able to ride from Denver International Airport to Grand Junction on their bikes.
GOCO is currently focused on the Generation Wild movement, a $30 million statewide campaign to get children and their families in underserved communities all over Colorado outside to reconnect youth to nature.
Castillian told the SMDC economic development group that Fishers Peak Ranch in Trinidad has just been announced as the future home of Colorado’s 42nd state park, which will be comprised of 20,000 acres.
While state funding for K-12 education is the highest it has ever been at $8,480 per student, 104 out of 178 school districts in Colorado are now operating on a four-day school week, according to a just-released report from the Colorado Children’s Campaign, a 501(c)(3) centered on public policy to benefit children in three areas, one of which is K-12 education.
A large part of the problem lies in the outdated formula used to fund K-12 public school education in Colorado that depends on local property values to determine how much the state contributes to K-12 funding in each school district. It will be very complicated to change, but unless and until that is done, the large disparities will continue.
Dr. Brenda Bautsch Dickhoner and Chris Brown undertook a recent study called “Dollars and Data: A Look at K-12 Education Funding in Colorado” for the Common Sense Policy Roundtable (CSPR), a non-profit free-
enterprise think tank dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy. Dickhoner holds a PH.D. in public policy from the University of Colorado at Denver and has spent the last decade working in education policy at the national and state level.
The study found that “There is significant variation in the proportional amount taxpayers are contributing to public education through property taxes. Colorado’s education funding system sets a specific amount of total program funding for individual districts. Then it calculates how much each district will contribute through local revenues, and finally, backfills with state funding to get districts to their prescribed funding levels. The amount that local districts contribute to total program funding—which determines the amount of state subsidy to each district—is not based on an intentional policy design and varies dramatically throughout the state.”
The result is, “A taxpayer with a median value home in Pueblo, for example, pays $673.55 in property taxes for total program education funding, while a taxpayer in Kit Carson also living in a median value home pays $194.83. Given these flaws in how local dollars are contributed by districts to K-12 funding, the system does not raise revenue in the most effective, or even logical, manner.”
While there is general agreement that teacher salaries are too low in Colorado, they “vary dramatically around the state and within the Metro Denver region,” according to the CSPR study. It found that the average teacher salary in metro Denver was $56,621 in 2017. The state average was $51,810, which is 31st in the United States, but well above the average salary in the southeast region of our state, which was $38,157. “Teacher salaries in 95 percent of the state’s rural district are below the cost of living for their area,” according to the CSPR study, which concluded that the current method for school funding for K-12 education “collects revenues from taxpayers in an inequitable way and then fails to fully address the disparate local funding levels when allocating total program funding to school districts,” thus “careful thought should be given to any policies or ballot initiatives focused on K-12 education funding.”
SUBMITTED BY HARVEY MCWHORTERCouncilman Johnny Watson sees a way to help stem some of the flow of refugees fleeing to America for asylum. The answer may lie in developing business/trade opportunities between Aurora and El Salvador, the latter whom opened a consulate in Aurora in May, 2017. It is the first consulate in Colorado to be located outside of Denver.
By leading a business trade mission of city officials and businesspeople to El Salvador to open negotiations and explore the idea of bringing sustainable businesses to El Salvador and for El Salvador to bring sustainable businesses back to Aurora.
People in both El Salvador and America will benefit from such an exchange. First is creating decent paying jobs in El Salvador so people can stay in El Salvador where they can provide for their families instead of fleeing to America, creating a better future for El Salvador and its citizens. Second is on the American side of the border, bringing new job creation to allow Aurora residents to find work. It is a win – win opportunity for Aurora and El Salvador!
El Salvador officials are embracing the opportunities this business trade mission can bring. Councilman Watson knows that every possible effort should be made to repair and build America’s leadership role, while being a problem solver in things that are ailing our world, and Aurora can play a major role in doing this.
El Salvadorian officials are rolling out a great ‘coming together’ experience for the Aurora mission team. The Vice President wants to be on hand with other important and influential members of the El Salvadorian government and members of the largest business chamber in Central America are all motivated and excited to start a new chapter in beneficial business relationships with Aurora, Colorado and America. El Salvador also has the largest airport in Central America which is great for developing more commerce efficiency.
City Councilman Johnny Watson is an At Large candidate for election this November. He has helped bring some important programs like Affordable housing projects to Aurora, homeless programs and temporary housing for the homeless. He is also pursuing job training programs for high school students and young adults in the aerospace and the trade industries. He is also working to help our aging population live in place with targeted services to help them do just that. Councilman Watson also believes in attracting financial institutions that will work with the underserved citizens of Aurora. He is a special person whose heart is for Aurora.
This trade mission is another example of Councilman Watson’s ability to think in and out of the box to make sure Aurora is one of the best run and most financially secure cities in the nation.
Scientific, evidenced-based instrument rates, recognizes workplace health programs and workforce heart health.
The results of the American Heart Association 2019 Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced and Centura Health achieved Silver recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. Centura Health is the largest health care system in Colorado and western Kansas. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities.
The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 CEOs from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. Studies show that worksites with a culture of health with comprehensive, evidence-based policies and programs, and senior leadership support are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive workforce.
A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition.
“Our physicians and associates answer the call to serve our communities with incredible devotion, pouring their heart and soul into their work,” said Amy King, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, Centura Health. “It is paramount that they have access to the resources they need to fuel their passions and replenish their spirits. We are committed to caring for our people as they care for others and fostering an environment that inspires healthier tomorrows.”
As part of its commitment to healthier workplaces, the American Heart Association offers Health Screening Services, an onsite biometric screening solution which allows organizations to collect and submit employee health data seamlessly. The health screenings are combined with a health assessment and education to motivate participants to make behavior changes or seek support for lifestyle changes and follow-up medical care as appropriate.
The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Solutions offers a suite of evidence-based tools to help optimize current employee health programs. These tools leverage the science behind the Index while improving consumer engagement and promoting healthier behaviors. For more information, visit www.heart.org/workplacehealth.
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