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  • Football: No. 8 Grandview knocks off top-seeded, unbeaten Valor Christian in 5A quarterfinalsFootball: No. 8 Grandview knocks off top-seeded, unbeaten Valor Christian in 5A quarterfinals

    Grandview junior tight end Dayne Prim raises his arms in celebration after his 2-yard touchdown catch during the third quarter of the eighth-seeded Wolves’ 28-16 upset win over No. 1 Valor Christian in a 2017 Class 5A state football quarterfinal playoff contest on Nov. 17, 2017, in Highlands Ranch. Grandview kept Valor Christian out of a state championship game for the first time since 2008 and advanced to a semifinal matchup against No. 4 Pomona. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel) HIGHLANDS RANCH | When it comes to getting big wins the whole state of Colorado can appreciate, few do it better than coach John Schultz and the Grandview football team. Schultz’s Wolves were the team to end then-powerhouse Mullen’s 34-game winning streak in 2011 and on Friday night it became the one to strike a blow for the state by knocking Valor Christian off its lofty perch. With its defense and running game in full playoff splendor, eighth-seeded Grandview overcame a slow start to record a 28-16 Class 5A state quarterfinal victory over the top-seeded, previously unbeaten and defending 5A state champion Eagles, who won’t appear in a state final for the first time since 2008. Schultz’s Wolves improved to 3-4 all-time against Valor Christian, which it last beat in the 2014 regular season, and moved into the 5A semifinals, where they will face fourth-seeded Pomona. The Panthers topped No. 5 Fairview 48-31, while third-seeded Columbine downed No. 6 Regis Jesuit 28-18 on the other side of the bracket. Grandview fell into a 10-point hole in the early going at Valor Stadium, which was first hit with rain that turned into snow midway through game, but dug their way out of it as junior Jordan Billingsley got going on the ground. Coming off a 200-yard, 4-touchdown performance in a first round win over Lakewood, Billingsley began to find the holes cleared by his hard-working offensive line. Two long runs in the second quarter set up rushing Grandview rushing scores for seniors Gunner Gentry and Prentice Wilson for a 14-10 halftime lead. The Wolves began to roll in the third quarter and made a big play when senior Julius Carter Jr. swallowed up Valor Christian’s punter at the Eagles 10-yard line following a bad snap. Two plays later, Grandview extended its lead to double-digits when senior quarterback Kyle Smith hit junior tight end Dayne Prim for a 2-yard touchdown off a play action fake. Frustration began to mount on the Valor Christian side, as a 15-yard personal foul call extended a Grandview drive that result in yet another touchdown, a 25-yard burst through the right side of the line that put the Wolves in full control. A blocked punt led to a much-needed touchdown for the Eagles, but the Grandview defense made them use three plays from the 3 yard-line, chewing precious time off the clock and also stopped them on the two-point conversion to keep it a two-score game with just under five minutes left. The Wolves prevented any rally Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or sports@aurorasentinel.com. Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel (8) GRANDVIEW 28, (1) VALOR CHRISTIAN 16 Score by quarters: Grandview  0  14  7  7 — 28 Valor Chr.    7    3  0  6 — 16 SCORING First quarter Valor Christian — Josiah Davis 14 yard run (Brian Brogan kick) Second quarter Valor Christian — Brogan 22 yard field goal Grandview — Gunner Gentry 12 yard run (Cobi Wood kick) Grandview — Prentice Wilson 7 yard run (Wood kick) Third quarter Grandview — Dayne Prim 2 yard pass from Kyle Smith (Wood kick) Fourth quarter Grandview — Jordan Billingsley 25 yard run (Wood kick) Valor Christian — Easton Cecil 1 yard run (run failed) The post Football: No. 8 Grandview knocks off top-seeded, unbeaten Valor Christian in 5A quarterfinals appeared first on Aurora Sentinel.

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  • Aurora Police Find Missing 8-Year-Old Boy - CBS LocalAurora Police Find Missing 8-Year-Old Boy - CBS Local

    CBS LocalAurora Police Find Missing 8-Year-Old BoyCBS LocalAURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Aurora have found a young boy who had been missing from his home. Gavin Meyers was found around 7:00 p.m. in Aurora. Meyers, pictured below, had last been seen wearing a blue jacket, dark shirt, and jeans.8-year-old boy found after being reported missing in Aurora Friday afternoonFOX31 Denverall 3 news articles »

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  • First ever fatal marijuana overdose reported in ColoradoFirst ever fatal marijuana overdose reported in Colorado

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  • Aurora sees sharp increase in hate crimes, FBI reports - The Denver ChannelAurora sees sharp increase in hate crimes, FBI reports - The Denver Channel

    The Denver ChannelAurora sees sharp increase in hate crimes, FBI reportsThe Denver ChannelAURORA, Colo. – Hate crimes rose significantly in Aurora, according to FBI statistics released Monday. There were 18 hate crimes reported in the city last year, up 200 percent over the previous year. While the city may have seen a steep increase in the ...and more »

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  • Missing 10-year-old girl rode to Aurora in family friend's car; Friend didn't know it - FOX31 DenverMissing 10-year-old girl rode to Aurora in family friend's car; Friend didn't know it - FOX31 Denver

    FOX31 DenverMissing 10-year-old girl rode to Aurora in family friend's car; Friend didn't know itFOX31 DenverGOLDEN, Colo. -- A 10-year-old girl who was reported missing in Golden on Thursday night was found safe at an apartment complex in Aurora on Friday morning, some 27 miles from where she disappeared, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said.Hungry and lost, missing 10-year-old Golden girl found safe 27 miles from homeThe Denver Post10-Year-Old Runaway Found Safe Nearly 30 Miles From Her HomeCBS LocalMissing girl found about 27 miles from home9NEWS.comThe Denver Channel -KRDOall 24 news articles »

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  • Oceanside immigrant in Colorado detention caught in court tug-of-warOceanside immigrant in Colorado detention caught in court tug-of-war

    An attorney and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are arguing in court over whether an Oceanside man should have his immigration hearing in San Diego or Aurora, Colorado. Paulino Hernandez-Hernandez, 39, whose wife and two children are U.S. citizens, was pulled over by Border Patrol agents on Highway 78 in June and has spent most of his time since then in a detention facility in Aurora.

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  • Two State Senate Republicans accused of sexual harassment among spate of revelationsTwo State Senate Republicans accused of sexual harassment among spate of revelations

    AURORA | Colorado-based public radio station KUNC has uncovered more sexual harassment allegations in the Colorado Legislature, but this time with two state Senate Republicans, Jack Tate of Centennial and Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs. Megan Creeden told the radio station she was a 25-year-old intern when Baumgardner made offhand comments about her to another colleague and pressured her to drink in his office. Six other female lobbyists and staffers anonymously told the station they also avoid him. Baumgardner, chairman of the Transportation Committee and the Capital Development committee, strongly denied the allegations, KUNC said. Tate is accused of acting inappropriately with an intern. After making suggestive remarks earlier, he allegedly told her that “if she wanted to move up in the world, give him a call,” according to KUNC. Tate, chair of the Business Labor and Technology Committee, also held the allegations were untrue. Senate President Kevin Grantham said in a statement his office is taking the allegations serious. “Going forward, Senate Republican leaders cannot and will not be responding to unsubstantiated or anonymous allegations against members appearing in the press, which the existing complaint process is designed to handle,” he said in a statement. “This process exists to protect confidentiality, respect the rights of both accuser and accused, rigorously review the facts, give a fair hearing to all sides, and impose penalties proportionate to any confirmed offense. To handle these matters in any other way contradicts the basic tenets of fairness, justice, and due process for which America is known.” It’s unclear whether Baumgardner or Tate will face losing their seats as committee chairs. House Speaker Crisanta Duran called for Rep. Steve Lebsock’s resignation after removing from his position as chairman of the House Local Government Committee. Denver Rep. Faith Winter told KUNC  he sexually harassed her at a party in 2016. Others were able to verify the story. Denver Rep. Paul Rosenthaul was also accused of sexual harassment. While there have been reports of some formal complaints on the legislators being filed, it’s not clear how many complaints have been filed. The Aurora Sentinel requested records from both the House and the Senate stating how many times harassment claims have been filed. The legislature’s legal counsel said that information was not available under the Colorado Open Records Act. The post Two State Senate Republicans accused of sexual harassment among spate of revelations appeared first on Aurora Sentinel.

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  • OH! Christmas treeOH! Christmas tree

    Pity the Gulf Coast families who gather around the green-plastic hair brush or warm-weather “pine” tree to open gifts. In Colorado, Christmas means trees. Real trees that look like they faithfully guarded a rugged mountainside before being selected as the chosen few to move into one of millions of living rooms to sport twinkling lights and big glass balls. Guardians of the Presents. The fact is, most people here like gorgeous, perfect fake trees just like everyone else. And those who drag real, dying trees into their homes usually get them from Christmas tree lots, which get them from farms in places like Oregon. So how Colorado is that? If you want a real Centennial State holiday high, go get your own tree. For far less than what even the scroungiest bush costs at a tree lot, you could help thin local forests ripe for wildfire, live the yule-tide dream, and bring home the Christmas tree of your dreams. For years, select national forests — mostly out here in the West — have been encouraging people to come up for an experience most folks only hear about. Now don’t grab the chain saw and start the car yet. There are rules, but they’re pretty easy ones. You can’t just go anywhere up in the hills and snag a fir. Tree cutting is limited to particular areas in the state. Near Aurora, there are two choices this year: Buffalo Creek, which is fairly close, between Pine Junction on U.S. 285 and Deckers; and Fraser, just down the road from Winter Park. It really is as romantic and nostalgic as you think it is. It also can be real work. Even for native Aurora residents. The elevation is higher and everything is either up or down a hill. Be prepared. But the scenery is beautiful, and a tree doesn’t get any fresher than cutting it down the same day you put it up. The rules vary some, but generally, you must use a hand saw or an ax, not a chain or power saw of any kind. Save your energy and digits for the ride home; don’t use an ax or hatchet. The Forest Service does this to get people to clear out younger trees that can fuel a forest fire. You’re not coming home with the Rockefeller Center tree. All of the areas require permits, and some dates sell out in October. Others are available only on site or nearby. Read the rules, check the dates and save yourself serious disappointment. Be prepared for anything. Balmy weather and short pants, or something like a blizzard and deep snow. No one recalls anyone getting into serious trouble during these Christmas tree hunts, and you don’t want to be the first. Each site has a list of suggestions about tires, clothing and food that are wise to heed. Tips • Take water, it can be hard work. • Go uphill to hunt for a tree. Dragging your kill downhill is eminently easier than dragging it uphill. If you want a very large tree, carry a strong, lightweight, slick, plastic tarp with you to help make it easier to drag back and limit damage. • Dress right. There is often deep snow in Elk Creek. On warm days, Buffalo Creek can be downright slushy. • Trees look much smaller in the forest than they are when you get them home. Don’t be fooled. • The trees are fresh, which means they can be sticky with sap, but they don’t lose their needles or feel like they might spontaneously combust. They smell extravagant in your home when they warm up, and they may be thirsty. • They are often filled with dirt and dust, either from the mountain or from the road trip home on top of your car. Spraying them briefly at the manual car wash does the trick to get them clean. Just shake them good before bringing them inside. If You Go The U.S. Forest Service has a host of tree-cutting areas across the state. Closest to Aurora are Buffalo Creek and Elk Creek cutting areas, about an hour’s drive or so. Either call the Forest Service or go online (URLs are below) to get details and instructions. Permits are only $10, and for Buffalo Creek, must be purchased in advance, in most cases. Tree cutting is permitted there through Dec. 14. By far, the Buffalo Creek area is the busiest, and often sells out of permits. Trees there are mostly Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine, but there are a few other varieties. At Elk Creek, there are occasional blue spruces and a fuller, sturdier fir. The Elk Creek site requires 4-wheel drive or chains. No exceptions. The road to the tree cutting area is steep, narrow and usually snow-packed in many places. The Buffalo Creek road is paved and easily accessible. Tree cutting is permitted there through Dec. 13. On weekends, there are lots of people, and plenty of Forest Service workers to help. The downside of Elk Creek is having to crest Berthoud Pass, which is no big deal on a clear day, and sometimes impossible on snowy days. Call ahead for conditions. Elk Creek Tree Cutting: http://1.usa.gov/1yZkEjw 303-275-5610 Buffalo Creek Tree Cutting: http://1.usa.gov/1p47kdy 970-887-4100 The post OH! Christmas tree appeared first on Aurora Sentinel.

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  • Weight, Weight, Don’t Tell MeWeight, Weight, Don’t Tell Me

    You spent several sweltering August afternoons earning that flatter belly. And even when the calendar turned to fall, you were at the gym shaving inches off the waist line. Throughout it all, you skipped the drive-through lane for a healthy lunch packed from home. But the holidays are looming. And guess what? All that hard work and less-than-tasty food through the summer and autumn could be for nothing if you let this gluttonous season get the best of you. Those shed pounds could be ambling back into your life like the ghost of Christmas Pastries if you let them. So don’t, experts say. Yeah, just don’t. We spoke to Staci B. Lupberger, the assistant director at University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health & Wellness Center in Aurora, about ways to avoid that holiday weight gain. Here’s some of her advice. PLAN AHEAD That finely tuned weight loss regimen served you so well through the warmer months, and that’s awesome. Keeping that workout schedule in the face of a busy holiday schedule is tough. And making sure your diet is high in greens and lean proteins is daunting in the face of Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas candies. But it is possible, she says. You just need to work extra hard at it this time of year. “The main point around the holidays is planning,” Lupberger says. If you’re traveling away from home, do some research beforehand to see what gyms or walking trails are nearby. Then carve out some time between holiday festivities to make sure you get there. Look up grocery stores near where you’re staying, too, and choose plenty of healthy snacks that will help you avoid those mountains of cookies and sweets tempting you all season long. DON’T SAVE IT FOR THE RESOLUTION With a New Year looming just a week after Christmas, it’s tempting to skip a few workouts and tell yourself you’ll go extra hard when the calendar turns. That’s a bad move. For one, the gym that first week of January is jam-packed with well-meaning new faces. And while only top-notch jerks look down on the newbies trying to get in better shape, waiting for a machine can be frustrating. But it’s not just that you’re saving your work for an even-more challenging time of year. Lupberger says if you’ve spent months getting into shape before the holidays, ditching that routine could make it harder for your body to get it back. “Pushing it off and waiting until January will throw off the metabolism that they have worked hard to maintain,” she says. And as it gets harder to shed pounds after Jan. 1 than it was before Thanksgiving, the inevitable guilt seeps in, and that doesn’t help anyone. LAY OFF THE JUG Seeing those close — and in many cases, thankfully distant — relatives around this time of year makes many of us want to reach for the bottle. And for most a drink or two at a holiday party is probably OK. The key, Lupberger says, is to treat that glass of wine the same way you would some pie at dessert or an extra helping of fatty mac and cheese. There aren’t any real nutrients in your alcohol, so it can generally only add some unnecessary calories. An easy work around to the temptation, she says, is getting to a party a little late and ducking out a little early. That means you aren’t there and surrounded by other drinkers for as long, and that should mean fewer chances to grab a drink. If you’re feeling social pressure, grab a drink at the start and sip it extra slow, that way you at least have a drink in hand even if you’re ingesting only minimal calories. And be careful how many glasses of wine you opt for, Lupberger warns, because it could lower your inhibitions in other areas of your diet. “Alcohol does trigger people to make unhealthy decision,” she says, noting the words of a client who said: “Wine is the gateway to food.” The post Weight, Weight, Don’t Tell Me appeared first on Aurora Sentinel.

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  • Wein Not Get The Glow?Wein Not Get The Glow?

    On the opposite but equally stunning pleasure of downing a cold beer on a hot summer day, there’s something almost necessary about sipping a warm boozy beverage watching the Colorado snow fall. Gluehwein, German for “glow wine,” has become an increasingly popular staple of ski resorts, impromptu camps, and when the weather gets a little chillier and the holidays are approaching. The mulled wine, popular in several northern European countries, has a long, but hazy history. As far as anybody can tell, mulled wine got its name in the 14th century when wine, fruit and spices were literally “muddled” together. But the drink can be traced back even further. As to why the Germans tagged on the word “glow,” well, that’s a natural. It’s suspected that ancient Greeks first combined those ingredients in an effort to prolong the life of wine on the cusp of spoiling. The Romans made a similar concoction, but the drink really gained popularity in the Middle Ages because the spices were thought to have healing properties, according to a report from Hochschule Geisenheim University, a German college that focuses on the education of wine. Today, the drink is more tradition than practicality or lore. The Denver Christkindl Market, which runs through the holiday season, serves gluehwein to the 150,000 visitors that shop the outdoor market at Denver Skyline Park each year. “It’s really popular,” said Natalia Wobst, executive director of the German Greater Chamber of Commerce Colorado chapter, which runs the market each year. The gluehwein is just about as authentic as it gets, too. The chamber imports thousands of gallons from Bavaria Waldfrucht Gluehwein for the market. Surprisingly, Wobst said, the mulled wine is easier to import than the mugs that are specially made for the event. Each year the design on the mug changes, commemorating the holiday season with hints of German culture mixed in with a familiar Denver scene. While gluehwein recipes vary, the Denver Christkindl Market keeps to a classic version: dry red wine with orange and lemon slices mixed along with sugar, cloves and cinnamon. That’s it. The recipe on the event’s website calls for adding one cup of brandy. Extra glow. For Herbert Huber, executive chef at Helga’s German Restaurant and Deli in Aurora, the holiday drink is practically a ritual around the holidays, especially after outdoor activities. The drink does seem to have recovery properties by the way it “warms up the insides,” Huber said. Huber’s family recipe has been passed down 400 years from the Rhineland region of Germany. It includes bay leaves in the recipe, another common ingredient in some gluehwein. When it comes to making the drink at home, Huber admits there is a little technique, even as ingredients fluctuate from recipe to recipe. “Take your time, use low heat. Do not boil,” Huber said. “Use an inexpensive, but not cheap, red wine, add plenty of apple juice, sugar, bay leaves and cloves.” But don’t add orange juice or whipped cream. That’s a common mistake, Huber said. Helga’s starts serving the drink the first week of October and through the chilly holiday months. The Denver Christkindl Market will take place on weekends from Nov. 17 through Dec. 23 at Skyline Park at 16th St. Mall and Arapahoe St. Gluehwein From the Austrian board of tourism 2 bottles of good quality red wine 2 cups of water juice of 2 lemons 5 oz sugar 6 cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 2 oranges – cut into bitesize pieces oranges for decoration How to make it: Put all ingredients in a pot and bring it close to boil For additional taste cut 2 oranges in to bite size pieces and add to the wine Let simmer Remove clove, cinnamon stick before serving it into lightly pre-warmed glasses Decorate glasses with a slice of orange The post Wein Not Get The Glow? appeared first on Aurora Sentinel.

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  • Holidays and nightsHolidays and nights

    For those of you and yours who can’t come home to Colorado to experience all the holiday charm this square state has to offer: Take heart. We can send a sample of Coloradical joie de vivre to those who must do without. Of course, the best thing possible is to load  yourself or your loved ones on a plane and get here before the ski resorts spill over with people or all the best shows have already run and closed. But Colorado has become much more than just a place to come and play. The art, the recreation tackle, food and definitely the beer and whiskey Colorado cranks out begs to be packed or shipped to spread the cheer. We offer you, in this issue, a few suggestions of what you might tuck under the Colorado Christmas tree you go chop down yourself. Or many of these treats are perfect to ship across the country to your friends and family who gnash their teeth in envy at your good fortune to be able to have a real live Rocky Mountain Christmas. The holidays in the mile-high region are much more than fun and games, if that’s even possible. After you’ve had the last office holiday party platter you can stand or the absolutely the last drive-through burger that is all you have time for, peruse our picks for Colorado cuisine that you can’t miss before the bells ring in 2018. And if you’re on the couch right now thumbing through all the Netflix movies you’ve already watched and wondering if there’s some better way to spend a Friday night, there is. Read on and go on a date with staffer Bobby Reyes at a local bowling alley. Or find out what your neighbors are fed up with inside staff Kara Mason’s tale about life in the HOA. Staffer Brandon Johansson brings you news about how to blow air up your dog’s nose if he has a heart attack. And staff writer Ramsey Scott gambles with spending more than an hour in Colorado’s nearby mountain casino towns. Finish the season off with a sample of real German Gluehwein or make some of your own when the real cold weather settles in. The post Holidays and nights appeared first on Aurora Sentinel.

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  • All in the FamilyAll in the Family

    Gucci doggie collars. Afternoons spent in the pet pool at the doggy daycare. The occasional visit to the pet psychiatrist. Too much never seems like too much for today’s pet owner. But even in this era of over-the-top doting on pets, how many pet owners take a few minutes, or even a few dollars, to worry about emergency care for your pooch or kitty? Not just get-in-your-car-and-drive-like-hell to the doggy ER planning. We’re talking drop-to-the-floor life-saving stuff here. Sure, high-end pet health insurance plans are an increasingly-popular option for dedicated pet lovers and they take much of the stress out of any trip to the vet. And health-conscious foods, habitual trips to the dog park and the occasional spa day mean your pooch is probably healthier than most of the humans you spot at the gym. Still, if Bandit stops breathing suddenly? Or if Poofy appears unconscious? What then? Even that fancy vet is still a car ride away — at least until Animal Ambulance becomes a reality, which is probably not too far off — and those minutes could be crucial to saving your furry loved one’s life. That’s where pet CPR comes in. The American Red Cross is now offering an online class for $20 that takes about 30 minutes to complete and leaves owners ready to spot signs of distress in their cats and dogs and, in the worst cases, step in to render aid. The Red Cross’s regular CPR classes have long been popular among young people hoping to land a babysitting job, expecting parents and pretty much anyone else who would like to have a minimum level of life-saving skills. Nigel Holderby, a spokeswoman for the agency in Colorado and Wyoming, says the organization has been offering similar classes for pets for years but earlier this year expanded that to the online realm. “We are providing that to a broader audience,” she says. The classes are an outcropping of today’s pet-owning culture, one where cats or dogs are seen more like just another member of the family — like Uncle Jimbo but with more hair and less mooching. Holderby says that people who view their pets as their “fur babies” want to make sure they are providing a level of care on par with the care they would provide for a human loved one. “I know the people that I talk to a lot have that attitude: I would do this for my human child, now I have a responsibility to make sure that I am taking care of my fur kids, my fur family members,” she says. Holderby says she knows this feeling personally. Her kids are grown now and have moved away, but she still has two of those fur babies to worry about: a dachshund named Annie and an energetic pooch named Louie who is a mix of Chihuahua and Italian Greyhound. Here’s the answer to what we know you’re thinking. Yes, you hold the animal’s muzzle closed and breath into its nose. The idea of doing chest compressions is the same as with human CPR, but clearly the anatomy is different, hence the idea that some training and instruction is wise before you try this. Annie recently gave Holderby a scare when the pooch seemed a little under the weather, forcing Holderby to tackle that grueling choice many pet owners face: To vet or not to vet? But Holderby said she relied on her training from the class, checked Annie’s vitals and realized she could at least let the pooch sleep for a night before she made the call. The next day, Annie was fine. “I knew what to look for and that made me feel so much better about waiting,” she said. PET CPR 1 Check for breathing and a heartbeat… Check to see if the pet is breathing and check for a heartbeat. If you do not see your pet’s chest moving and cannot find a heartbeat, begin CPR with chest compressions. 2 Give chest compressions… Place your hands on your pet as follows: For cats and small dogs, place the heel of one of your hands directly over the pet’s heart and place your other hand directly over the first hand. For deep chested dogs, place the heel of one hand over the widest part of the chest and place your other hand directly over the first hand. For barrel chested dogs, place the dog on its back, place one hand over the widest part of the sternum, and place your other hand directly over the first hand. Lock your elbows and make sure your shoulders are directly above your hands. Then, push hard and push fast at a rate of 100-120 compressions per minute, compressing 1/3 to 1/2 the width of your pet’s chest. Make sure the chest comes back fully (recoils) before compressing again. Perform 30 chest compressions 3 Then give rescue breaths… To give rescue breaths, gently close the pet’s mouth and extend the pet’s neck to open the airway. Cover your pet’s nose with your mouth and exhale until you see the pet’s chest rise. Give a second rescue breath. 4 Continue CPR… Continue giving CPR with a cycle of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths until your dog or cat begins breathing again on its own. 5 Check again for breathing and a heartbeat… Briefly check for breathing and a heartbeat every 2 minutes. 6 Get help… Continue CPR until you reach a veterinary hospital. — The American Red Cross The post All in the Family appeared first on Aurora Sentinel.

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  • As sex scandals topple the powerful: Why not Trump?As sex scandals topple the powerful: Why not Trump?

    WASHINGTON |  “You can do anything,” Donald Trump once boasted, speaking of groping and kissing unsuspecting women. Maybe he could, but not everyone can. The candidate who openly bragged about grabbing women’s private parts — but denied he really did so — was elected president months before the cascading sexual harassment allegations that have been toppling the careers of powerful men in Hollywood, business, the media and politics. He won even though more than a dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct, and roughly half of all voters said they were bothered by his treatment of women, according to exit polls. Now, as one prominent figure after another takes a dive, the question remains: Why not Trump? “A lot of people who voted for him recognized that he was what he was, but wanted a change and so they were willing to go along,” theorizes Jessica Leeds, one of the first women to step forward and accuse Trump of groping her, decades ago on an airplane. The charges leveled against him emerged in the supercharged thick of the 2016 campaign, when there was so much noise and chaos that they were just another episode for gobsmacked voters to try to absorb — or tune out. “When you have a Mount Everest of allegations, any particular allegation is very hard to get traction on,” says political psychologist Stanley Renshon. And Trump’s unconventional candidacy created an entirely different set of rules. “Trump is immune to the laws of political physics because it’s not his job to be a politician, it’s his job to burn down the system,” says Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert in Washington. Now Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused of assaulting teenage girls when he was in his 30s, is waving that same alternative rulebook. Long a bane to establishment Republicans, Moore is thumbing his nose at calls by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP members of Congress to drop out of the campaign, and accusing them of trying to “steal” the race from his loyal insurgents. As for Trump, the president who rarely sits out a feeding frenzy is selectively aiming his Twitter guns at those under scrutiny. He quickly unloaded on Democrat Al Franken after the Minnesota senator was accused Thursday of forcibly kissing and groping a Fox TV sports correspondent, now a Los Angeles radio anchor, during a 2006 USO tour. Yet Trump has been largely mum as Washington Republicans try to figure out what to do about Moore. McConnell and company have zero interest in welcoming an accused child molester to their ranks nor in seeing their slim 52-48 Senate majority grow even thinner should Moore lose to Democrat Doug Jones in a special election Dec. 12. Trump did support moves by the national Republican Party to cut off money for Moore. But he hasn’t said whether he still backs Moore’s candidacy. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, pressed repeatedly on the matter this week, would say only that Trump “thinks that the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be.” As for the allegations against Moore, Sanders said Trump finds them “very troubling.” As for Franken, presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that Trump had merely “weighed in as he does on the news of the day” when jabbing at the senator. But Trump’s broadsides at Franken served as an open invitation for critics to revisit his own history of alleged sexual misconduct. Leeds, for her part, called the president “the walking definition of hypocrisy.” Look no further than the bipartisan howl that greeted Ivanka Trump’s statement this week about Moore for a demonstration of the perilous crosscurrents around Trump on the issue. “There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children,” Trump’s daughter told the AP, adding that she had “no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.” She did not call for Moore to leave the race. Liberals and conservatives both pounced. Those on the left noted she had waited a week to chime in and had never given similar credence to the claims of her father’s accusers. Some on the right faulted her for buying into unproven accusations. Liberal movie director Rob Reiner tweeted: “Ivanka believes Roy Moore’s accusers. But the more than 12 women who accuse her father of sexual abuse are all liars. The difference is? …” The sexual assault drama is playing out as a painful sequel for Leeds and other women who came forward during the 2016 presidential campaign to accuse Trump of harassment and more — only to see him elected president anyway. “My pain is everyday,” Jill Harth, a former business associate who claimed Trump put his hands under her dress during a business dinner in 1992, tweeted in October. “No one gets it unless it happens to them. NO one!” It’s the same for those who accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, their charges once written off as “bimbo eruptions.” “I am now 73….it never goes away,” nurse Juanita Broaddrick, who accused Clinton of raping her in 1978, tweeted Friday. Allegations of womanizing, extramarital affairs and abuse dogged Clinton over the course of his political life, culminating in his 1998 impeachment — and acquittal — over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He also agreed to an $850,000 settlement with Arkansas state worker Paula Jones, who had accused him of exposing himself and making indecent propositions when he was governor. The settlement included no apology or admission of guilt. Leading feminists and Democratic-leaning groups stayed loyal to him throughout — though some are rethinking that stance now. Even in the current charged environment, when every new allegation can produce screaming headlines, Trump may well be able to go his own way — and take a hands-off approach to Moore. “Trump’s base likes him when he’s gratuitously ornery: Insulting war heroes, Gold Star families and the disabled have all been good for him, so what does he gain by strongly opining on Moore?” asks Dezenhall. “Nothing that I can see, so as a guideline, he doesn’t need to do all that much.” ___ Follow Nancy Benac on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nbenac The post As sex scandals topple the powerful: Why not Trump? appeared first on Aurora Sentinel.

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  • Developer of planned Aurora community is rebuffed by drillers as he seeks to move proposed well sitesDeveloper of planned Aurora community is rebuffed by drillers as he seeks to move proposed well sites

    Developer Carlo Ferreira and his partners rolled out their grand vision for the Aurora Highlands in March  — a master-planned community with 60,000 residents in 23,000 homes across 5,000 acres south of Denver International Airport. The undeveloped land is dotted with older oil and gas wells and is a prime candidate for more drilling. Ferreira has worked with energy companies to minimize impacts on his communities in Texas. But when gas leaking from a well fueled a blast in late April that destroyed a home and killed two people in Firestone, 50 miles to the north of Aurora Highlands, the issue took on a new urgency for the developer. “I can’t gamble all this capital and not know where somebody would drill,” said Ferreira. Now he’s pushing for a plan that provides a greater degree of separation between homes and oil and gas operations, something he says he needs to go forward. So far, the two major drillers in the area aren’t going for it. A ConocoPhillips representative said a surface-use agreement the company reached with developers in the area in 2015 took residential development plans into account. “We have an agreement that is a good model for how housing and mineral developments can work,” said Nick McKenna, central Rockies asset manager for ConocoPhillips. As drilling pushes closer to developed areas, disputes between communities and producers have flared up in places like Broomfield and Erie. As the metro area spreads into resource-rich areas of the Denver-Julesburg Basin, more conflict could arise to the east, unless ways are found to coordinate competing uses. “What’s happening in Boulder County and Broomfield as it relates to oil and gas regulations and proposed drilling sites, on top of what happened in Firestone, is evidence that people don’t feel safe living near drilling sites,” Ferreira said. 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As a lure, the plan includes a $70 million extension of Powhatan Road from Interstate 70 to the airport boundary. The new road would make it easier for crews and emergency responders to reach the pads. A berm, the new road and a utility corridor would create a buffer between the well pads and the surrounding community. And buyers would know exactly what they are getting in advance, making properties easier to sell. Provided by Norris DesignsA rendering of the entryway into the Aurora Highlands, a proposed community that could house 60,000 people in Aurora south of Denver International Airport. The last mile Producers active in the area have looked at the plan and discussed its details with Aurora Highlands. But so far they aren’t willing to adopt it, citing technical problems that they say leaves the existing surface-use agreement the preferred option. Relocating the well pads along a single corridor would require ConocoPhillips and Extraction Resources, the other big producer active in the area, to drill some of their wells with horizontal laterals or bores that run 3 miles instead of 2. The two sides are at an impasse on whether longer laterals, although more cost-effective to drill, would prove productive enough. “If we are able to convince them to do that, they could reduce their footprint. It would allow for the development of the Aurora Highlands,” said Michael Ratway, a petroleum engineer and consultant working with several community developers in the area, including Ferreira. Ratway said going with longer laterals requires fewer wells to be drilled, which he estimates would save ConocoPhillips at least $25 million over its current plan. And removing well pads from residential zones could help eliminate community opposition. “Aurora Highlands could complete development as envisioned. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission would welcome it, the city of Aurora would welcome it and the bottom line would improve for ConocoPhillips,” Ratway said. Houston-based ConocoPhillips has accumulated 104,000 acres in the southern D-J Basin and drilled 36 horizontal wells over the past six years and expects to move forward with a larger drilling plan. But the company’s research indicates that this part of the basin can’t economically support laterals beyond 2 miles, McKenna said. The output in that area is oilier with less associated gas than the reserves to the north in Weld County. The lower ratio of gas means that there is less drive in the reservoir to move hydrocarbons to the surface. “The question is the production from the third mile,” McKenna said. “Getting production under a lower energy reservoir from that third mile is difficult to achieve. They haven’t proved their feasibility.” But Ratway counters that his engineering analysis shows 3-mile laterals can work in that part of the D-J Basin and that ConocoPhillips has drilled that far in other basins. “If the engineering points to the ability to do it here, why don’t we do it? Improve your bottom line and reduce the impact that you are going to have in the city of Aurora,” he said. As development of the metro area spreads east, conflicts with oil and gas producers are beginning to arise. The developer of the Aurora Highlands community north of this oil field and south of Denver International Airport has tried without success to have drillers move proposed well sites that are within and adjacent to the planned development. Make or break Ferreira said the relocation of the well pads could prove make or break for Aurora Highlands, given the growing resistance among buyers to living next door to active oil and gas operations. Aurora’s Planning Department hasn’t seen the proposed drilling plan and can’t comment on it, but the city is studying an extension of Powhaton’s right of way as part of its Northeast Area Transportation Study, said spokeswoman Julie Patterson. “The developer needs authorization from the mineral rights owners because they have surface use agreements already in place on the site,” she said. But Aurora Highlands represents a much more ambitious development than the one initially proposed, one that backers argue is sorely needed given the severe shortfall of new homes and the importance of locating residences near the jobs what will come into that part of the metro area. Ratway said keeping the well pads in the middle of Aurora Highlands would eliminate 140 developable acres in the center of the community. “It splits the community in half. It would put a spear through the heart of the project and they know it,” Ratway said. Brian Cain, a spokesman for Extraction Resources, said the company favors a collaborative approach when it works with surrounding communities, including Aurora Highlands. But he adds that communication has to be two-way and requires an understanding that a one-size-fits-all approach to siting oil and gas facilities won’t work. “Development pads cannot be sited without consideration of subsurface geological requirements and drilling and technological constraints,” he said. Ferreira, who is based out of Las Vegas and has built homes throughout the Southwest, said he hopes to have model homes up by next spring and that state oil and gas regulators will side with his drilling plan versus the one now in place. He says he sought what is known as a comprehensive drilling plan in his Shadow Creek Ranch community near Houston to balance surface uses and resource development and prevent surprises. He argues the time has come for Colorado to deploy such plans and head off the nasty fights becoming more common along the northern Front Range. If comprehensive agreements can’t be reached to balance surface uses and mineral rights in advance, it could stunt the development of the Aerotropolis region around DIA and Aurora’s ability to grow, Ratway warns.

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    At one end of a community table at a busy Starbucks on a chilly September evening a young couple outlined to their Realtor what they wanted in a property: An updated kitchen, a garage, and somebody to shovel the sidewalks when it snows. They wanted to live somewhere with a homeowners association. On the opposite side of the table, a frustrated homeowner of 17 years vented to a reporter about the good, the bad and the ugly of living in a covenant-controlled community, typically called an HOA. “I probably wouldn’t buy a home in an HOA again,” said Martha Lugo, taking a swig of coffee and seriously shaking her head. Lugo bought a townhouse in central Aurora in 2000. Before moving to Colorado, she said she had no idea HOA communities even existed. They weren’t as common in San Antonio, where Lugo lived previously. But to her it sounded like a good deal, especially being a single mother working a full-time job. There’d be security in her neighborhood and people to take care of the maintenance, all for a reasonable monthly cost. Since buying the home, Lugo has changed her mind. She has a long story to tell about how bad life has been under the thumb of her HOA. She’s a former state probation officer turned grad student and a 2017 candidate for Aurora City Council. Like the community table at the Starbucks, there seems to be little room between delight and disgust on the HOA spectrum. “Give money every month to an organization for them to tell me I can’t paint my house the color I want? No thanks!,” one Reddit user posted on a thread about Aurora HOAs. Another responded: “Then your neighbor paints his house in neon green with purple polka dots ;-)” Terry Gist, president of the Aurora Association of Realtors, said, like the Reddit users and the Starbucks community table, his clients are typically pretty divided on the topic of HOAs. “It’s not either or, it’s one or the other,” he said with a laugh. An HOA is typically seen as a mechanism for keeping up property values. Lawns stay manicured and homes fit a specific aesthetic via bylaws and dues each homeowner agrees to pay when they purchase the home. Some maintenance is also taken care of as well. For many, the perks outweigh the rules and the potential consequences. Gist doesn’t believe all HOAs are necessarily good at keeping up property values, though it has become a major marketing point. And so, homebuyers should do their research before committing to a house in an HOA community, he added. If it’s a new community, Gist suggests researching the developer to see if there are any court documents related to their association. In established HOAs, Gist said taking a look at an HOAs financials after securing a contract is important. If an association only has $5,000 to $10,000 in the bank, it’s a good sign those HOA fees may spike sooner rather than later, especially if there is noticeable wear and tear on the streets and peeling paint on the houses, Gist said. Some homeowners and buyers see an association’s enforcement of the rules, such as repainting or keeping curb appeal up, as overbearing and sometimes unnecessary. It’s entirely possible a person could paint their home the wrong color of beige living under an HOA. One woman showed us a complaint from her Southlands area homeowner association complaining about having repainted her large and pricey house. Painters repainted the house an identical shade of beige. But she was cited by her HOA for having not first submitted painting samples to HOA for prior approval. She received a nasty cease-and-desist notice instructing her to return the house to it’s original color or pay substantial fines. Not wanting to invoke the wrath of her HOA guardians, she asked not to be identified. She said they became even more angry when she started pointing out endless HOA rule offenses up and down her block. Her answer right now is just to ignore them, as well as the command they replace their entire driveway after someone noticed there were cosmetic cracks in the cement. “It never ends,” she said. Lugo said she had a handful of similar experiences with her HOA. She bought her house a muted pink shade, which she liked. One day Lugo returned home from work only to find her house a completely different color. It was no longer the quirky rose color she loved. It was beige. Her recourse? None, she said. Keith Gantenbein, a Denver-area attorney whose firm only represents homeowners when it comes to HOA-related issues, knows what kind of workload to expect depending on the time of year. In the summer, there will be an uptick in disputes about lawn care and landscaping. In October, Gantenbein said he was gearing up for the predictable disputes over holiday decorations. “It can get really specific, what holiday decorations are allowed and when they’re allowed,” he said. “I see an ebb and flow seasonally.” Before starting his own law firm, Gantenbein worked for Hindman Sanchez, a Colorado HOA law firm, and Castle Stawiarski, a Colorado-based foreclosure firm. The attorney believes that work has given him a unique edge over other attorneys when it comes to working strictly for home-buyers. Gantenbein himself said he wouldn’t buy a home in an HOA. “I don’t like to play by the rules,” he said. “It’s like, if my weeds are too tall, I’m busy. I’ll get to it.” Like Gist, he said it’s important to do the research into an HOA before purchasing the home, a vast majority of his clients get the paperwork and just don’t read it. That can at least educate the home buyer on what to expect with decorations or home maintenance. “Five years ago they sent me a nasty letter telling me I needed to change the windows. They gave me some crazy, bogus deadline,” Lugo said. Those of course were annoying, but nothing compared to when she started falling behind on her HOA payments. Lugo, who is finishing up a Ph.D degree, said she went through some financial ups and downs since buying the home. “Last year, I fell behind toward the end of the year and it went on to this year,” she said. “Well, all of a sudden I’m facing judicial foreclosure. I always thought they could probably do a lien, and I’d deal with that when I got there.” Lugo claims the HOA management company was tricky in getting letters to her. Instead of sending a certified letter, Lugo said the company had claimed it served her the papers. And from June, the $10,000 she owed turned into $13,000 even though she had worked out a payment plan with the HOA. In all states HOAs can record a lien on a home in their control if HOA costs aren’t paid — in Colorado, one law requires associations to make an effort to set up some kind of payment plan. But on the flipside, Colorado is also a super-lien state, which means a lien has first priority over the first and second mortgage if there is more than six months in back dues owed to the association. Judicial foreclosures are the other top HOA-related issue Gantenbein said he deals with on a regular basis, and even more so now that the housing market in the Denver-metro is strong. “A lot of the new homes are going to be with an HOA and you’re kind of locked into that if you want to be in that community,” Gantenbein said, adding that a major problem for people who face judicial foreclosure is that they are buying a house at the top of their price point if some kind of emergency happens, paying HOA dues just isn’t possible anymore. Many of the home buyers Gantenbein said he works with are only a few thousand dollars behind in HOA fees. But legal and late fees can easily add $10,000 to $15,000 to that. Given the power HOAs have in Colorado, and their relationships with homeowners, former Aurora Rep. Su Ryden, helped form a state resource center dedicated to HOA issues. “We started out wanting to create an ombudsman,” Ryden said. “But we settled on the information office.” In talking to constituents, Ryden said she realized there was a lot of misunderstanding about just how powerful HOAs can be, what they have control over and the actions they can take. “They really don’t realize how much power the HOA has,” Ryden said. “And a lot of it has to do with the appearance of the neighborhood.” The HOA Information and Resource Center receives, on average, 37 complaints from homeowners and renters per week. Nearly half are from communities surrounding Denver, including Aurora where there are more than 350 HOA communities. Most often the complaints are about enforcement — an HOA not properly enforcing rules, selectively enforcing or “having lax enforcement for the benefit of a board member or officer,” according to the center, which is a subset of the Colorado Division of Real Estate. Those complaints, which were up compared to 2015, made up 57 percent of the 1,953 complaints in 2016. Ignoring HOA rules and HOA’s failing to perform maintenance are also fairly common. Ryden became somewhat of a champion of HOA issues during her tenure in the legislature, eventually sponsoring legislation with former State Sen. Morgan Carroll, who also represented Aurora, to create the resource center. The former lawmaker said she doesn’t seem to be around those conversations about HOAs anymore since she’s no longer at the legislature. But Lugo, who was running a bid for Aurora City Council when she talked about her HOA experiences, said she’d like to see more done. “Throughout most of my life I’ve seen injustice. Corporations stomping the little guy every single time. This is a part of that. It’s like loan sharking.” Lugo said. Lugo, who has enlisted the Gantenbein law firm to help her, took a final drink of her coffee. “But I’m going to fight it.” The post Dolor Me Beige — HOA angst in Aurora appeared first on Aurora Sentinel.

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  • Newman: Regis Jesuit girls basketball rich in talent well beyond dunking phenom Fran BelibiNewman: Regis Jesuit girls basketball rich in talent well beyond dunking phenom Fran Belibi

    Carl Mattei has had some superbly talented teams in his 15 seasons as the head girls basketball coach at Regis Jesuit. In 2009, the Raiders won the state title with seven Division I players, and the school topped the Class 5A field in 2013 and again in 2014 with six Division I players on a team that finished ranked third in the nation. But this fall’s Raiders may be Mattei’s best team yet — and that’s not simply because they have phenom Fran Belibi, who made waves last season by becoming the first girl in state history to dunk and has since established herself as one of the country’s top high school ballers. “I’ve had two Gatorade Players of the Year, but Francesca is truly special,” Mattei said. “I’ve never, in my 32 years of coaching girls, coached an athlete such as herself, and I’ve coached high school All-Americans like Erlana Larkins, Simone Augustus — some of the best players on the Olympic team, and they weren’t like her.” Mattei knows Belibi gives the Raiders once-in-a-generation star power, but what has him most hopeful about this year’s team is the fact that his roster  — like the Regis Jesuit championship teams of the not-too-distant past — has the most depth of any program in the state considering he’ll suit up five other Division I athletes, with several more future college recruits coming off the bench. Beyond Belibi, senior center Noelle Cahill (Penn commit), senior shooting forward Olivia Ayers (Loyola New Orleans commit), junior guard Jasmine Gaines (weighing multiple Division I offers), junior forward Sidney Weigand (Army lacrosse commit) and sophomore point guard Jada Moore (already several Pac-12 and Big 10 offers) round out the Raiders’ core. But Mattei said he’s already reminded his players several times about one of his uber-talented teams that ended up falling short of its ultimate goal. “I told the kids that there’s a lot of similarities between them and my 2008 team — I had nine Division I kids on one high school team, and I reminded them that 2008 team started the season ranked fifth in the country and we didn’t win state that year,” Mattei said. “This team has that type of talent, but it’s going to take a lot of work throughout the season to get the chemistry we need to win a title.” Keying that chemistry will be three highly-touted freshmen in reserve, as guard Avery Van Sickle (already fielding offers from all power five conferences), guard Gracie Weigand (highly-touted lacrosse recruit like her sister) and forward Samantha Jones (6-1 with huge upside inside) must mesh with the Raiders’ returners that led them to the semifinals last season. “If I get my three freshmen to buy in — and if I get those older girls to accept them — we’ll be very talented,” Mattei said. Other top 5A teams are sure to challenge Regis Jesuit come the second week of March at the Denver Coliseum. Defending champion Grandview has reloaded, Lakewood boasts the 6-5 Emsbo twins, Cherry Creek and Castle View possess multiple Division I players in their lineups, Highlands Ranch returns every starter and other programs such as Ralston Valley, Horizon and Fairview possess varying combinations of size and skill. Even still, it seems as if the championship odds are titled toward Regis Jesuit. “Fran is almost an unstoppable player, like Grandview’s Michaela Onyenwere was last year,” Mattei said. “Teams had to put so much defensive emphasis on Michaela that (Grandview’s) Leilah Vigil played like an All-American. That’s what I have, because Fran’s going to make my other girls play like All-Americans.”

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    COLORADO SPRINGS – One of the nation’s last coal-fired power plants in the middle of a city may shut down a decade sooner than planned as Colorado Springs leaders contemplate climate action and urban revitalization along a creek. Environmental groups led by the Sierra Club welcomed the prospect of swifter removal of the 80-year-old Martin Drake Power Plant, following closures of coal-fired facilities in Boulder, Atlanta, Chicago and Denver. This is happening as residents of Colorado Springs (pop. 465,000) increasingly raise concerns about sulfur dioxide (SO2) and other pollution. On Thursday, residents pressed state health officials to reject a proposal to declare Drake “in attainment” of federal air quality standards for SO2, a toxic gas that mixes with other pollutants and hangs over the city against mountains, with the potential to cause asthma, heart disease and other lung problems after even brief exposure. Colorado Springs Utilities plant operators this year deployed “scrubbers” to clean emissions, and federal Environmental Protection Agency overseers this week said average monthly SO2 emissions decreased to 31 tons a month, down from 330 tons a month in 2015. But Colorado air quality control commissioners voted 8-1 against re-designating Drake as a facility in compliance with federal air quality requirements, acknowledging public health concerns and calls for cleaner air. Moving to Colorado Springs from Arizona six years ago seeking a healthier environment, Ashlette Lopez told the commissioners she was dismayed to see “a huge increase in my son’s asthma issues” — Lopez blamed Drake emissions — requiring daily use of an inhaler and less time outdoors. “It’s hard,” she said. “He is a 6-year-old boy and wants to run.” Taking time off school, Haven Coleman, 11, testified that “having asthma attacks is no fun. It is scary…. Kids should know that adults are working to protect their right to breathe. … The air quality commission is supposed to protect us from poisons, not give us more.” Bruce Finley, The Denver PostColorado Springs residents express views at a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment hearing Thursday about pollution from the Drake coal-fired power plant in the middle of the city. The air concerns coincide with brainstorming by the Colorado Springs council members and developers about using the site of the Drake plant, downtown along Fountain Creek, for green space and a museum celebrating the Olympics. For years, Colorado Springs has served as the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee and a training center for athletes. City council members have directed the municipal utility to analyze possibilities for ramping up the 2035 date for closing the plant to 2025, council president Richard Skorman told The Denver Post. And council members are mulling possibilities for shutting one of the two remaining generators in the plant sooner, by 2023, Skorman said. “Some of us would like to move it just because it is a huge blight on the downtown environment,” he said. “We have the ability to create a great green-way connection down there. … If we could move it out of downtown, we could use that site for urban redevelopment.” Related ArticlesNovember 15, 2017 This group thinks Trump hasn’t done enough to unravel environmental rules November 11, 2017 U.S. cities, states defy Trump, still back Paris climate deal November 3, 2017 Nations to work on curbing climate change despite Trump November 2, 2017 Energy chief Perry: Fossil fuels can prevent sexual assault October 31, 2017 Trade board urges tariffs, quotas on solar imports The new scrubbers have reduced the SO2 that may have caused problems in the past, he said, but city officials also are interested in cutting emissions of carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping greenhouse gas, another product of burning coal to generate electricity. “Nobody really wants a power plant in the middle of downtown and the valley,” Skorman said. Sierra Club advocates are encouraging this move, and on Thursday also urged the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment not to re-designate the Drake plant. They argued that CDPHE has not collected enough data to be able to guarantee that standards have been attained. They cite SO2 emissions in central Colorado Springs as one of dozens of examples nationwide where EPA officials have allowed potentially dangerous air pollution at excessive levels by using “un-classifiable” designations instead of declaring plants in violation of clean air laws. “While we have argued for more accurate and protective designations, the EPA has largely proposed ‘un-classifiable’ designations. The Sierra Club is actively working in Colorado, and across the nation, to ensure that the major contributors to SO2 pollution — coal-fired plants — are held accountable to protect our public health, ” Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign representative Zach Pierce said. Pierce and Center for Biological Diversity attorney Robert Ukeiley backed up residents, telling commissioners that classifying Drake as compliant based on average SO2 emissions levels would mask potentially deadly spikes. The amount of SO2 spewing out of Drake’s towers in an hour, while generally lower than in previous years, can surge up to three times higher than an hourly limit that equates to roughly 300 pounds, Ukeiley said. Federal authorities have determined SO2 at high levels can constrict airways after exposures as brief as five minutes. “Now is the time when Colorado Springs Utilities should be taking advantage of federal tax credits for wind and solar, before they may phase out,” Pierce said. “Drake is the only remaining coal plant in the heart of an urban area. Other utilities, like Xcel, are making it clear that wind and utility-scale solar are the least-cost resources available. And they are moving swiftly to lock in renewable energy that still benefits from federal tax credits,” he said. “Shifting to clean energy also helps meet Governor Hickenlooper’s clean energy executive order.” Coal-fired power plants and other industrial facilities nationwide have faced scrutiny amid concerns about climate change and pollution. Colorado Springs Utilities environmental services officer Dave Padgett acknowledged residents’ worries. He emphasized the big cuts in S02 pollution after the installation of scrubbers. A CDPHE decision declaring the plant in attainment of health limits would have given greater certainty to residents and businesses looking to move to Colorado Springs that the air is safe, Padgett said. “We will continue to operate the plant in a manner that continues the reduction of SO2 emissions.”

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Ave at Fulton Price: Move now from $449,990 When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 19, 11-5 Phone: 303-406-4300 More Info: MeritageHomes.com/Denver You can experience that difference of Meritage’s technology in an “Energy Information Centers” on display in its model homes — including at master-planned Inspiration in Douglas County, two miles south of E-470 at Gartrell Road, where Meritage has two large-family homes with three-car garages, each discounted by more than $40,000, and a third reduced almost $37,000. One of those homes is a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath plan, on track to be ready for a holiday move-in. It had been listed at $570,532; but Meritage has it marked down this weekend by $40,542, to $529,990. Inspiration is a rare chance to find new-home size and features in Denver’s south/southeast corridor, where prices for resale homes have climbed rapidly in recent years. Kids in Meritage’s neighborhood at Inspiration attend Douglas County Schools in Parker, and are connected by trails to a pool club with event lawn — among a package of recreational amenities there. Residents also enjoy a surprisingly quick commute into the Denver Tech Center, Lone Tree and other south I-25 business campuses (as short as 15 minutes on my trip out from I-25 at Belleview), as well as to DIA. Mark SamuelsonMeritage’s Energy Information Center includes explanations of how the builder’s signature home energy features create snugger winter nights and cooler summer days. You can also find Home-for-the-Holidays discounts in three other parts of the metro area, including at fast-selling Leyden Rock in west Arvada, where Meritage has discounts on the last four homes it will offer there. In Thornton, you’ll find big reductions at two well-situated neighborhoods: At Aspen Reserve, north of 120th Avenue on Quebec Street, you can tour a four-bedroom home at 12344 Olive Way, previously priced at $492,895 — marked down $42,905 to $449,990. A mile northwest, at Meritage’s Lewis Pointe west of Holly on 144th, you can tour a four-bedroom home with three-and-a-half baths and a three-car garage, previously at $577,714 — marked down $27,724 to $549,990. Related ArticlesNovember 17, 2017 Sponsored: With the holidays near, opportunity knocks in Erie, where Oakwood has a ranch ready, and will talk about the price November 10, 2017 Sponsored: With downtown’s only for-purchase condos built in a decade, a live-work-play hub is on track for historic Union Station November 9, 2017 Sponsored: At Southshore beside Aurora Reservoir, William Lyon Homes opens single-family models Nov. 11, priced from under $400K November 8, 2017 Sponsored: CalAtlantic will hold an open house Nov. 11 for ranch designs ready now at Inspiration, off E-470 in Douglas County November 3, 2017 Sponsored: In a popular new-home area 15 minutes from DTC, KB Home opens ‘Villa’ models at prices way below competitors’ Meritage also has a big-family home waiting — that’s served by Cherry Creek Schools — at Highline in Aurora, south of East Mississippi Avenue at Fulton Street. It’s sized at four bedrooms, 3,213 of finished space, plus basement and three-car garage, previously at $544,653 — marked down by $44,663 to $499,990. On that and all of the homes ready now, you’ll see eye-catching interiors, both in the entertaining areas and on the bedroom suite level, wide-open kitchen-dining spaces and upstairs laundries. What you WON’T see are the features hidden behind the walls to make these homes work well in Colorado’s climate. But be sure to visit the Energy Information Center in the model to see all that you’ll get — and glance upward in some of the model homes for ceiling cutaways that show Meritage’s polyurethane insulation, designed to keep attic temperatures within seven degrees of your indoor thermostat setting. Sales must be approved by Meritage by Nov. 30, and close by year end. To reach Inspiration in Douglas County, take E-470 to Gartrell Road and head south two miles to Minnow Drive; or from Parker, take Inspiration Drive east from Pine Drive. To visit Leyden Rock, take Indiana Street north to West 80th Avenue and head west. For Aspen Reserve, from I-25 take 120th Avenue east four miles to Quebec and turn north. For Lewis Pointe, take 144th east three miles. To reach Highline in Aurora, take Mississippi east from Parker Road/Leetsdale Drive a mile-and-a-half to South Fulton. Mark SamuelsonMeritage’s Home for the Holidays event is offering up to $40,000 off on homes for pre-holiday move-in at locations including Inspiration in Aurora. The news and editorial staffs of The Denver Post had no role in this post’s preparation.

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  • With methods borrowed from Montessori, a Colorado organization looks to help people with Alzheimer’sWith methods borrowed from Montessori, a Colorado organization looks to help people with Alzheimer’s

    Residents of Aspen Hills Assisted Living in Littleton know Meghan Morrissey as the “activity lady.” It’s a nickname she wishes her mother had been able to call someone. Morrissey said her mother had Alzheimer’s disease and passed away in 2008 after living her largely uneventful, final years at an assisted living center where staff members did not know how to stimulate residents with Alzheimer’s. So, she started a nonprofit organization, Sensory Outings Co., in 2013 to introduce Montessori methods to people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia in hopes of giving them more fulfilling lives. Sensory Outings started as a program individuals could visit at Harvard Gulch Recreation Center in Lakewood, but now it’s switching things up — the program is going to the people. The organization launched a “sensory engagement” program in May that takes Montessori activities to about 30 assisted living facilities, residential memory care homes and private homes, including sites in Denver, Westminster, Lakewood and Lone Tree. Staff members specialize in working with people who have Alzheimer’s or dementia. Montessori is an education method that revolves around self-directed activity and hands-on learning. It teachers cognitive, social and functional skills by “breaking down tasks into steps that progress from simple to complex and from concrete to abstract,” according to a report funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging. The method is growing in popularity among caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. “When they are able to function with their hands, it gives them a mindset of how to get a task accomplished,” Morrissey said. Sensory Outings has coed and gender-based activities, including cooking, painting, card games, word games, woodworking, flower arranging, weaving and ceramics. Participants’ moods noticeably improve during activities, teachers say. Take Don Burrell, for example. . Burrell has Alzheimer’s and lives in the assisted living facility at MorningStar at RidgeGate in Lone Tree. Sensory Outings regularly visits MorningStar. On one visit, Burrell was noticeably upset because he had lost his wallet, Morrissey said, but he still wanted to play a game of cards and spell out words with her. “She is beating me,” Burrell said. He laughed and smiled widely, the frustration over his wallet now in the past. Sensory Outings aims to empower people by demonstrating how to accomplish a task, such as painting an object, rather than giving a verbal step-by-step lesson. Its teachers believe people with Alzheimer’s or dementia need activities that engage their minds, actions they will remember and enjoy. Related ArticlesNovember 13, 2017 Bill Gates gives $50 million to combat Alzheimer’s November 4, 2017 A Minnesota couple spent years planning to live with Alzheimer’s disease. The GOP tax bill may upend those plans. November 2, 2017 Do I have Alzheimer’s? My journey with a disease that is complex to diagnose October 25, 2017 People with Down syndrome get fewer cancers, but CU researchers need more funding to understand why October 23, 2017 Florida woman accused of scamming Boulder County woman with Alzheimer’s “We treat these folks with dignity and respect. These are adults and not children, and there is no pressure when we’re doing this. It is all fun and happiness and smiling,” said Terry Moldovan, Sensory Outing’s marketing consultant. Sensory Outings is funded through donations and the $40-$75 hourly fees paid by destinations, such as assisted living centers. Patty McIlvaine, a marketing director at Aspen Hills Assisted Living, said she wanted to arrange visits by Sensory Outings because she saw its effectiveness at the Harvard Gulch Recreation Center. “(Sensory Outings) really understands how to engage people with memory loss in an activity,” she said, adding that Aspen Hills residents “really do enjoy it.” “You can tell when people with dementia are enjoying an activity,” she said.

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  • Science and "good hard work": How Aurora prepares for winter stormsScience and "good hard work": How Aurora prepares for winter storms

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    Tom McMinimee’s first winter as Aurora’s street operations manager in 2015 ended up being the harshest since Aurora started keeping records in 1951. Crews battled more than 106 inches of snow and ice that season, plowing roads day and night to keep streets clear. “Time flies when you’re having fun,” McMinimee said with a laugh. “There was just a ton of opportunity to learn about winter operations,” he said of that crash course in storm response. McMinimee moved to operations after 10 years as a civil engineer with the city. Keeping 1,500 miles of city streets clear for emergency vehicles, daily commutes to work and school, and the hum of business requires a policy informed by data and a well-trained team to execute it. McMinimee schedules his crews according to the severity of the forecast: A Category 1 storm calls for one driver in each of 16 designated areas of the city; a Category 2 calls for two drivers in each area. Even if little snow is forecast, wet and cold conditions can lead to icy bridges and roads that require the attention of his road crews. Plow drivers can run 12-hour shifts during heavy snowstorms, with A-shift crews driving from noon to midnight and B-shift crews taking over to drive from midnight to noon. “We’re putting them out in the worst time,” McMinimee said of his crews. “We’re telling everyone else to go home, to get off the road.” Before they battle white-knuckle conditions, drivers get a rundown of the weather forecast, learn where they’ll drive and head to the garage to inspect their trucks. They run through a 33-item checklist, inspecting everything from transmission and oil levels to the rubber flap on plow blades to the spinners that spread the granular salt behind the truck. The inspection takes about 10 minutes for experienced drivers, such as Shane Russell. The self-proclaimed “country boy” came to work for the city 10 years ago. “You know what to look for, you know what looks bad,” Russell said of the pre-drive inspection. Aurora’s 38 snow plows are 5 years old, on average, and are kept in good condition largely as a result of the rigorous pre-shift inspections and other maintenance, including weekly cleaning. The granular salt used to cut down roadway ice is just as harmful to these big trucks as to your SUV or sedan. Fighting snow is only one of a multitude of tasks street operators such as Russell attack year round. When it’s warm, they repair sidewalks, sweep streets and complete other maintenance. Colorado’s booming construction industry makes it tough to keep drivers. McMinimee currently is looking to hire 10 people with commercial driver’s licenses. He has enough drivers to staff a Category 1 or 2 storm, but there’s no wiggle room for vacations or sick days, never mind a calamity. When needed, drivers from the city’s water and parks departments augment the snow plow team, and those drivers receive the same training as the city’s full-time public works department drivers. “We can always use new recruits,” McMinimee said. “It’s very hard. If you’re a good worker, you’re already working.” Fighting snow requires a mix of strategy, science and hard work. Soon after McMinimee joined the department, he decided to place storage tanks of liquid deicer and other snow fighting materials across a wider swath of Aurora. The public works department’s home base is on the city’s northern edge, just off Interstate 70 — opposite the southern neighborhoods where higher elevation draws the most snow in the city. Ancillary storage tanks help keep the plow trucks working more hours where they’re most needed. The public works department has kept extensive records of annual snowfall since 1951. That’s how McMinimee knows Aurora averages 61 inches of snow annually and how he can predict that about eight Category 2 storms will hit the city each year. He considers this history and consults other weather sources, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Farmer’s Almanac and even local TV meteorologists, when planning how to combat each storm. But even this engineer-at-heart knows that science and records can only set you up for success. That’s where your team comes in. “It’s some basis in science, and then there’s a lot of good hard work that goes into preparation,” McMinimee said. The biggest lesson he’s learned during his first few years with Aurora’s streets division is to trust his workers and not micromanage, he said. He learned that lesson early on, when a veteran department superintendent guided him during that first brutal winter. “I was the benefactor of his knowledge in the worst winter that Aurora had ever seen,” McMinimee said. The public has a part in the team’s success as well. As a plow driver, Russell offers this advice: Be patient and stay clear. Street operators drive their trucks in a staggered formation to most effectively push large amounts of snow off the road. Trying to pass a plow isn’t just inconvenient. It can put you in danger. “We’re trying to make it safe for them, so stay behind us,” Russell said. “Be patient.” Update: This story was updated Nov. 14 to clarify that Aurora parks and water department drivers regularly augment the snow plow team and receive the same training as full-time public works drivers.

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  • Openings: A “Top Chef” winner’s new Mexican joint, Denver’s first distillery-restaurant and moreOpenings: A “Top Chef” winner’s new Mexican joint, Denver’s first distillery-restaurant and more

    One big happy family What do you get when you combine Justin Cucci’s (Root Down, Linger) food with local distiller extraordinaire Rob Master’s beverages? You get The Family Jones Spirit House, the city’s first restaurant/distillery combo. The space is cool, cocktails are strong and small plates include three-cheese fondue served in a pumpkin. This is a family you might actually want to be a part of. 3245 Osage St., Denver, 303-481-8185; Tues.-Thurs. 4-10 p.m., Fri. 3 p.m.-12 a.m., Sat. 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Sun. 12-10 p.m.; thefamilyjones.co Meat and greet It’s the time of year when our thoughts naturally turn to meat. Or, if they don’t, The Juniper Pig would like them to. The newest spot to open inside the Stanley Marketplace, Juniper is a butcher shop with benefits. (Benefits being take-out dinners, sandwiches and charcuterie in addition to the fine meat being chopped up.) Just how serious does The Juniper Pig take its meat? Just ask the custom, state-of-the-art, pink Himalayan sea salt-lined meat ageing cabinet. Except you can’t, because it’s a cabinet. 2501 Dallas St., Aurora, 720-328-8930; Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Tues. 3-7 p.m., Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; stanleymarketplace.com New New Mexican You probably already know Chef Hosea Rosenberg, either from his Blackbelly restaurant or from that one time he won TV’s greatest culinary competition, Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Now Rosenberg wants you to get to know his New Mexican food, and Santo is where he’ll be cooking it for you. Feast on wild boar Navajo fry bread, stacked blue corn enchiladas and red chile posole beginning Saturday, Nov. 18. 1265 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303-442-6100; santoboulder.com Related ArticlesNovember 7, 2017 A new Snarf’s, RiNo gets a beer garden and other Denver restaurant openings October 30, 2017 Highland’s chic Bindery, a Post Chicken and Beer in Boulder and other Front Range restaurant openings October 25, 2017 Señor Bear, Bar Dough team moving into RiNo’s Zeppelin Station Cr–pe expectations Have you met Amelie? Amelie is a 1973 Citro–n H Van — a big panel van, in other words — imported from France. She’s now a food truck of sorts parked in Evergreen serving up sweet cr—pes and savory galettes. Oh Cr—pe Colorado opened on Halloween; go say hi to Amelie. 4602 Plettner Ln., Evergreen, 720-616-1838; Wed.-Mon. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ohcrepecolorado.com Hop in the car: We’re going to Fort Collins We’re all about to be very jealous of Fort Collins. Our friendly neighbor to the north is getting Ginger and Baker, a 20,000-square foot project that includes two restaurants, a rooftop bar, market, bakery and coffee shop in a renovated grain mill. Perhaps most notably, there’s killer pie. Ginger and Baker opens Nov. 14. 359 Linden St., Fort Collins, 970-223-7437; gingerandbaker.com

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