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  • By Lou Ellen Bromleyfor The Banner

    We sure know how to recycle ourcity council members, Mayor DickMcLean said Tuesday during the CityCouncil meeting.

    The council had just appointed for-mer Mayor Pro-tem (and Ward 3 CityCouncilman) Wayne Scott as an alter-nate member of Brighton UrbanRenewal Authority, appointed formerWard 4 Council Member Wilma Roseto the Lodging Tax Advisory Boardand former Ward 1 Councilor ChrisMaslanik as an alternate to the

    Brighton Planning Commission. Among other business at Tuesdays

    meeting was an amendment relatingto the Historical PreservationCommission allowing professionalmembers to be exempt from the two-term limit originally set by the CityCouncil. During the first reading thecouncil was advised that the designat-ed professional members of the com-mission were hard to replace if theywere term limited.

    A resolution was passed to amendaccounts in the general, lottery, ceme-tery, capital improvements, parks and

    recreation capital improvements,water, wastewater, and storm anddrainage funds and to reappropriatemoney for expenditure in 2014 tocover projects (and proposed spend-ing) carried over from 2013.

    A contract was awarded toWestern Maintenance andConstruction for the repair of sewerlines at Historic City Hall.

    It was determined that the sewerlines were no longer effective: in someplaces blocked by tree roots and inothers possibly collapsed because ofold age, according to Bob Brady, of

    the citys building maintenance staff,who said some of the lines appearedto be about 100 years old.

    Another contract was awarded toColorado Designscapes Inc. for lawncare and landscape maintenance afterit was determined that Brighton does-nt have the manpower and equip-ment to maintain all landscaping andlawn care in town and that purchas-ing more equipment and hiring morepeople was not cost effective.

    Parks and Recreation Director GaryWardle said city crews take care of

    The BannerBrighton news for Brighton readers

    Volume 6, No. 10 March 6, 2014 8 pages


    S.P.E.A.K. in AprilThe Brighton Youth

    Commission will hold itsthird suicide-awareness/prevention event April 14-19. Page 2

    Two clubs foldTwo of Brightons influen-

    tial service clubs have

    announced they are disband-ing after declines in member-ship. Page 3


    Inside The Banner this week

    Calendar ................................. 4Bravo ...................................... 5Movies ................................... 6Obituaries ............................. 7Sports ..................................... 8

    Jordan Wilsonearns collegehoops honors.

    Page 5Dont miss: Local musicals at Armory, Brighton High Page 6

    See City Council, Page 2

    City putsoil/gaspermitson hold

    See Oil and gas, Page 2

    Rick Phalen serves coffee toBrian and Kathy Jacovetta during

    the annual Spaghetti Lunch onSaturday at the Eagle View Adult

    Center, above.At left, Toby Heidt receives a refill

    on lemonade with whats left ofhis spaghetti serving in front of

    him. A record 396 meals wereserved at the event, a fundraiserfor Brightons Senior Games ath-

    letes, who will compete in June inthe Games in and around

    Greeley. Banner Press photos

    By Lou Ellen Bromleyfor The Banner

    Brighton City Council on Tuesdayadopted an emergency ordinance plac-ing a four-month temporary suspensionon applications related to oil and gasdrilling.

    The ordinance allows for a tempo-rary suspension until July 15 of theacceptance, processing and approval ofapplications for oil or gas permits.Community Development staffers rec-ommended the ordinance to allow forthe following:

    Adequate time to educate the newPlanning Commission and City Councilmembers regarding oil and gas devel-opment;

    Adequate time for staff to draftrevised regulations and address issuesof local concern that are unique toBrighton and to take into considerationthe state regulations that have beenadopted during the past year, as well asadditional regulations currently beingconsidered by the state;

    Ongoing input and meetings withColorado Oil and Gas Conservation

    Three former council members recycled to boards

    Spaghettiand smiles

  • The Banner welcomes your letters to the editor.Mail them to The Banner, 315 Strong St., Brighton80601, or email to letters Allletters must include contact information from theauthor.

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    Water-treatment expense OKd

    S.P.E.A.K. Week April 14-19

    Commission and the oil-and-gas-industry partners relatedto the draft regulations; and

    Adequate time for reviewand consideration at publichearings of the draft regula-tions by both the PlanningCommission and CityCouncil.

    Brighton has a rich historyof working with the oil andgas industry and that willcontinue as we go forward.Mayor Dick McLean said.This temporary suspensionis not a ban on oil and gasdrilling. For our community,this temporary time out isabout creating certainty forbusinesses working towardbuilding our energy futureand ensuring that Brightonwill always be a great place tolive, work, play and learn.

    Effective immediately andcontinuing until July 15, oruntil further action of the CityCouncil by ordinance,

    whichever is earlier, no appli-cation for a use permit, vari-ance, building permit, orother applicable entitlementfor oil and gas developmentcan be accepted or processed,the city announced in a newsrelease.

    The ordinance may berescinded by City Councilbefore the stated expirationdate if the City Council hasadopted the appropriate reg-ulations for oil and gas devel-opment in the city.

    Several members of the oiland gas community werepresent at the council meetingto proclaim their support ofthe oil and gas companiesalready working within theBrighton city limits and to askthe City Council to vote noon the emergency tempo-rary suspension of permits inBrighton.

    The draft ordinance pre-sented to the council original-ly proposed a six-month tem-porary suspension of permits

    to drill for oil and gas, untilall new members of the coun-cil and Planning Commissioncould better understand theimpact of the oil industry onBrighton and its residents.The council was looking atthe six-month suspension asan opportunity to work withthe oil companies and thestate to develop rules andregulations within the citythat are in line with thestates.

    Brighton hasnt updated itsregulations regarding drillingfor oil and gas since 2008 andcity staffers and elected offi-cials feel the time allotted bythe temporary suspensionwill give staffers time toreview and update Brighton'sregulations.

    Several of the people whospoke told the council theyhave young families livingvery close to existing wellsand have no fear of any safetyissues with the wells affectingtheir families. The regulations

    by the state are the most strictin the nation, according tothose who testified, and all oilcompanies currently drillingin Colorado far exceed theseregulations on their own,according to Brighton resi-dent and gas/oil industryemployee CharlesKlosterman.

    Colorado Oil and GasAssociation representativeChris McGowne told thecouncil a temporary suspen-sion of oil and gas permitssends a message of distrustbetween the city and the gasand oil industry. AssistantAttorney General Jake Matteralso encouraged council tovote no because there areno pending permits at thistime for Brighton and theCity Council has the right tostop a permit at any timealready. He noted that stateregulations already are inplace that supersede city reg-

    ulations, making them redun-dant, because the state hasthe same concerns as the cityand already has regulationsin place.

    In the end, the councilamended its temporary sus-pension of permits to fourmonths with assurances fromCity Manager ManuelEsquibel and CommunityDevelopment Director HollyPrather that city staffers couldcomplete the guidelines inthat time.

    Ward 4 Councilman MarkHumbert said the use of theword emergency in thetemporary suspension ordi-nance made it possible for thesuspension to be approvedand enacted on Tuesday andnot be postponed for a secondreading in weeks, the citycouncils next meeting.

    This allows the suspen-sion to end in four months,not four months, two weeks.

    Dont forget to write

    Oil and gas, from Page 1

    The Brighton YouthCommission will host itsthird annual S.P.E.A.K. WeekApril 14-19.

    Suicide Prevention,Education, Awareness andKnowledge Week is designedto promote awareness in thecommunity and among theirpeers about the warning signsof suicide, and awareness oflocal resources for those whoare struggling.

    TheYouth Commission isworking closely with SchoolDistrict 27J to provide a fullweek of education in localmiddle and high schools. Theweek will conclude with anda 5-kilometer walk on April19, with the communityencouraged to participate.Registration for the walk isnow open. Community mem-bers can register online or in person atHistoric City Hall., 22 S.Fourth Ave.

    An exciting addition to

    S.P.E.A.K. 2014 is a partner-ship between Pennock Centerfor Counseling and theBrighton Youth Commissionto offer QPR training for thecommunity during S.P.E.A.K.Week. QPR is straightfor-ward, step-by-step trainingthat can save lives by teach-ing people how to recognizewhen someone might be cry-ing out for help or is at risk ofsuicide. QPR teaches how toask the S question and pro-vides resources for referral.QPR is not a form of counsel-ing or treatment; it offershope through positive action,according to a news releaseannouncing S.P.E.A.K. Weekactivities.

    S.P.E.A.K. Week is a youth-led, youth-driven initiativethat started in response to thedeath of Joshua Dillona, afriend and classmate of sever-al Youth Commission mem-bers. In 2012, the inauguralyear, the results of S.P.E.A.K.

    Week were phenomenal, therelease stated. During thepast two years, the YouthCommission has raisedapproximately $17,000 forlocal suicide-preventionefforts, with the help of thecommunity. During that time,several students have soughtmental-health counselingafter participating in theweek and discussing theimportance of mental healthcare.

    For more informationabout S.P.E.A.K. Week in localschools, the S.P.E.A.K. Walk,or how you can be involved,contact Youth ServicesManager Tawnya Russell at303-655-2123.

    If you have questions orconcerns about your childand their involvement withS.PE.A.K., you also can con-tact Russell or Kevin West,director of intervention withSchool District 27J, at 303-655-2816.

    Mayor: Rich history will oil/gas industry to continue

    lawn care and landscaping ontwo-thirds of the citys 220acres of park land, leavingabout 76 acres that the citydoesnt have the equipmentor manpower to maintain.Parks Manager Rob Crabbsaid the contract will allowthe contractor to completeweekly maintenance on thatacreage for 25 weeks.

    Police Chief ClintBlackhurst, as acting utilitydirector, presented a resolu-tion approving a changeorder for design services forfluidized bed denitrification,to remove nitrates from waterresidue left from treatment atthe water plant, before it isreleased back into the PlatteRiver, to meet state require-ments.

    City Council, from Page 1

    Participants in the 2013 S.P.E.A.K. Walk begin their 5-kilometer trek near the athletic fields at Brighton HighSchool. Banner Press file photoThe Brighton Police

    Department will be steppingup its DUI enforcementefforts starting March 14, forthe St. Patricks Day week-end.

    Two additional officers willpatrol the streets looking fordrivers who are impaired bydrugs and alcohol.

    Funding for the extra offi-cers is provided by a grantfrom the Colorado Depart-ment of Transportation.

    Remember to drive soberor get pulled over during theholiday weekend, the PoliceDepartment advised in anews release.

    Police plan St. Pats DUI sweep

  • By Elena Guerrero Townsendfor The Banner

    Two of Brightons serviceclubs Brighton Early Rotaryand Brighton Breakfast Lions have disbanded.

    The common theme forboth the disbanding LionsClub and Early Rotary Clubdisbanding is the lack ofmembership. Brightons LionsClub is ending its local chap-ter in June.

    For the past few years, theaverage Lions Club meetingattendance hovered around10 or 12 members. The clubheld two major fundraiserseach year that required muchmanpower.

    Many of our members arereaching retirement age andthey want to travel, so theydropped out, said KellyYarish, an eight-year memberof the Lions club. Somemembers were opening upnew businesses and couldntspare the time needed to be aviable member.

    One member (is servingon the) City Council, so shemay have dropped out due tothe time and energy she isinvesting into her campaign. Idont know, Yarish said.

    In the end, the BrightonsLions club did not have themembership needed to com-plete or start new projects.

    They held their annual pro-duce sale during the summer,and a chili cook-off inFebruary.

    To host the chili cook-offwe needed seed money,around $3,500, Yarish said.We gave away great prizesand we needed money inadvance to purchase items,such as flat-screen TVs and,Kindle (tablet computers).

    Unfortunately, Coloradoexperienced devastatingflooding last year right beforethe Lions Club planned itsannual produce sale. Clubmembers had presold morethan 100 veggie boxes. All ofthe produce for the veggieboxes came from local grow-ers. Local crops weredestroyed and/or contami-nated by floodwaters.

    That disaster started ourclubs downward spiral,Yarish said. Along withmembers moving away, retir-ing, etc.

    Although the Lions Clubfiscal year ends in June andthe club is dissolving, KellyYarish and her husband,Steve, keep on roaring.

    Steve and I were able toprocure a digital camera forvision screening at a local daycare, she said. At the end ofFebruary, 60 toddlers receivedeye exams free of charge. Theparents of those toddlers

    received confidential reportsfrom the certified optometristwho gave the exams.

    The Kids Sight program isa fantastic program, shesaid. We have had aroundfive or six different screeningsin the last two years. Aftereach screening, the clubreceives a summary of howmany kids need glasses ormore in depth evaluations.

    Steve has been a Lionsmember for 15 years.

    We both are very commit-ted to Lionism, and althoughthe Brightons Lions Club isdissolving we are not givingup, he said. We will simplyattach ourselves to the FortLupton Chapter or the SouthWeld Lions Club in Lochbuie.

    It is Kelly Yarishs hopethat one of the other clubswill continue the tradition ofthe veggie box sales and thechili cook-off in Brighton.

    We are not totally goingaway, but we are not going tohave an active Lions Club inBrighton, she said.

    The Early Rotary Club alsodisbanded because of declin-ing membership, and theinability to recruit new peo-ple.

    People quit the club formany different reasons,Early rotary member DickHodge said. One personsemployment changed, a fewothers could not afford tostay, some just quit withoutexplanation. We found our-selves without the vitalcapacity to sustain the club.

    A vital capacity is not afactual number: It is more ofan emotion, he said. Theclub needed an atmosphere ofexcitement to recruit newmembers.

    For the last few decades,people do not have the timeand ability needed to joinlocal volunteer groups,Hodge said. Many volunteergroups and service clubsacross the country find theirmemberships dwindling.

    One of Early Rotarys proj-ects since its founding in 2004was adoption of NorthElementary School. Each fall,the club sponsored NorthsBack-to-School Night, whichincluded free haircuts for kidsas well as a hot-dog roast.The club spearheaded a tutor-ing program that helped con-nect the Boys & Girls Club toBrighton. Hodge, not a mem-ber then, led the major effortto bring the Boys & GirlsClub to Brighton.

    Hodge has a long historyof service work. He doescommunity outreach with theBoys and Girls Club andplans to continue to do so.

    Noon Rotary continues.

    March 6, 2014 Brighton Banner 3

    Rotary, Lionsclubs disband

    Community and education leaders took time Monday to read to chil-dren at Pennock Elementary School on Naitonal Read to Kids Day.Above, Ward 1 City Council Member Joan Kniss, a former teacherand school board president, reads a poem by Shel Silverstein tothird-graders in Nancy McLeans classroom. At left, Sharyl Kay Law-son, a special education teacher at Pennock dressed the part, downto the Cat in the Hat slippers, as she snapped photos of the readingprogram to remember kids author Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss).Below, Brighton Fire Rescue Engineer Kevin Carson reads with agroup of Tracy Favorites fourth-graders. Banner Press

    27J Foundation offers$1,000 scholarships

    The deadline is approaching for SchoolDistrict 27J high school students to apply forthe chance to earn scholarships from the 27JEducation Foundation.

    The 27J Education Foundation plans toaward six $1,000 scholarships to graduatingSchool District 27J seniors this year.

    In addition, the Foundation will facilitatethe distribution of four community scholar-ships, valued at $2,500, the foundationannounced in a news release.

    To be considered for a scholarship, appli-cants must:

    Be a School District 27J graduating seniorwho has completed one full school year in the27J District;

    Student must have a scholastic record of2.5 cumulative grade-point average or better.

    Student must have been actively involvedin the community and/or school activities.

    Student must obtain and attach two writ-ten references: one from a member of the highschool staff and one from a community mem-ber who has direct knowledge of the appli-cants community involvement (No relatives).

    The recipient must enroll in a university,college, community college or vocationalschool as a full-time (12 or more credit hours)or part-time (6 credit hours) student. Theaward will be adjusted accordingly for part-time enrollment.

    Students can obtain a scholarship applica-tion on the 27J Education Foundation web-page at

    Applications must be submitted via emailby April 1 to

    Just what the doctor ordered

  • 4 Brighton Banner March 6, 2014

    TodayYoga, Platte Valley Medical Center Con-ference Center, 12:15-12:50 p.m.; $6drop-in rate; certified instructor. Bringyour mat, info 303-498-1840.

    Senior Wellness Clinic, Eagle ViewAdult Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. by appoint-ment; health promotion and disease pre-vention with Visiting Nurses Associationfor adults 55-plus; optional foot care is$25; appointments required, 303-655-2075

    Pilates Mat Class, Platte Valley MedicalCenter Conference Center, 5:15-6 p.m.;increase strength, tone, flexibility, stami-na, overall fitness and health, taught bylicensed physical therapist and certifiedPilates instructor, $9 per class, 303-498-1840

    BOLT Academy Check It Out Night, 6p.m., 1850 Egbert Street, Suite 120:learn more about Brightons online highschool for possible enrollment in the fall.

    Kindle, Nook and Tablet, AnythinkBrighton, 7-8 p.m.; learn to use libraryresources with your Nook, Kindle ortablet; learn differences between tabletsand eReaders. Bring your device andcord so we can practice downloadingbooks. Registration suggested.

    Bingo at the VFW, 6 p.m.,161 N. MainSt. Progressive last game.

    FridayBonfils Blood Drive, Platte Valley Med-ical Center, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 303-363-2300 for appointment

    Disneys Peter Pan Jr., Platte ValleyPlayers production in the Armory, 7 p.m.;Wendy loves to tell stories to her broth-ers, Michael and John. But when herfather announces she must move out ofthe nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit thechildren and whisks them away to NeverLand. Their adventure introduces themto the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians andeven the infamous pirate, CaptainHook!Tickets $5, $8 and $10, buy onlineat BrightonArmory.Org.

    Wizard of Oz, BHS Drama production, 7p.m., Brighton High School Auditorium,also 7 p.m. March 14 and 15 and 2 p.m.March 16. Tickets $10 adults, $5 stu-dents online at

    SaturdayAdams County Democratic Assembly,Fairgrounds Waymire Dome reserved 8a.m.-5 p.m.

    Rocket Blast Workshop, Rec Center,9-11 a.m.; one in the Space Time Seriesfor youth ages 5-12; hands-on, fun-packed rocket-building and launchingadventure, $20, register at 720-851-7700,

    Diabetes Support Group, Platte ValleyMedical Center Conference Room C,10-11:30 a.m.; the perfect forum toexperience compassion, support anddirection to deal with diabetes, free butmust RSVP two days ahead, 303-498-1699

    Cancer Support Group, Platte ValleyMedical Center, 11 a.m.-noon; for cancerpatients and their families, hosted in theOncology Clinic, suite 270, refresh-ments, RSVP 303-498-2200

    I Want to Be an Astronaut Workshop,Rec Center, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; seeand feel what it is like to train for launch-ing into space and exploring the planets,moon, coments and asteroids of ourSolar System, learn about NASA, buildand launch miniature rockets, $20, regis-ter at 720-851-7700,

    Disneys Peter Pan Jr., Platte Valley

    Players production in the Armory, 2 and7 p.m.; Wendy loves to tell stories to herbrothers, Michael and John. But whenher father announces she must moveout of the nursery, Peter Pan comes tovisit the children and whisks them awayto Never Land. Their adventure intro-duces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids,Indians and even the infamous pirate,Captain Hook! Tickets $5, $8 and $10,buy online at BrightonArmory.Org.

    Wizard of Oz, BHS Drama production, 7p.m., Brighton High School Auditorium,also 7 p.m. March 14 and 15 and 2 p.m.March 16. Tickets $10 adults, $5 stu-dents online at

    SundayBreakfast at the VFW, Eggs to order;choice of sausage, bacon, ham; pan-cakes, engilsh muffins,or toast; fruit,juice, cottee. $5 for seniors (over 55), allothers $5.50

    MondayToddler Tales, Anythink Brighton, 9:30-10:15 a.m.; stories, songs and finger forkids 2-3, and some social time for care-givers while the children play. RSVPonline

    Basic Computers, Anythink Brighton,10-11:30 a.m.; learn to turn a computeron, operate a mouse and keyboard.Learn about browsers, files and pro-grams; get comfortable with daily opera-tion of a computer. Registration suggest-ed,

    Music and Movement, AnythinkBrighton, 10:30-11 a.m.; Sing, dance,and learn how to play some basic instru-ments. For kids ages 2-6. RSVP

    Writing Through Grief, Eagle ViewAdult Center, 1-2 p.m.; find out how youcan use writing to help you on your heal-ing journey; an informational meeting ongrief, loss and living; deadline March 6

    Video Games and Chatter, AnythinkBrighton, 3:30-4 p.m.; What do you wantat the library? Play video games, havefun with other teens and help the librarycreate new experiences for you andyour friends. Snacks; for grades 6-12.

    Relay for Life Team Rally, Platte ValleyMedical Center, 6 p.m.; all are welcome,learn about the mission of the AmericanCancer Societys biggest fundraiser.Free, for info, contact Michele Lussier,720-641-7733

    TuesdayCardiac Support Group, Platte ValleyMedical Center Conference Room C,12:30-2 p.m.; for anyone coping withcardiovascular disease, RVSP Danielleat High Plains Heart & Vascular Center,303-659-7000

    Yoga, Platte Valley Medical CenterConference Center, 4:45-5:20 p.m.; $6drop-in rate; certified instructor. Bringyour mat, 303-498-1840.

    Total Joint University, Platte ValleyMedical Center, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; forpatients scheduled for or contemplatinga joint replacement; info from pre-op torecovery; RSVP or303-498-1840

    Pilates Mat Class, Platte Valley MedicalCenter Conference Center, 5:45-6:30p.m.; increase strength, tone, flexibility,stamina, overall fitness and health,taught by licensed physical therapist andcertified Pilates instructor, $9 per class,303-498-1840

    WednesdayBaby Bounce, Anythink Brighton, 9:30-10:15 a.m.; songs, rhymes and storiesfor babies and their caregivers. Forbirth-23 months. RSVP online

    Primetime for Preschoolers, AnythinkBrighton, 10:30-11 a.m.; stories, fingerplays, songs and other fun activities justfor preschoolers. For ages 3-5. RSVPonline

    The Studio: Charrete 2 Childs Play,Anythink Brighton, 2:30-4 p.m.; Withdesigner Erin Knoettgen-Nap, get intouch with your inner child, exploreexamples of creative play spaces. Ourinspiration will be a visual introduction ofcolor, structure and space and how itcan influence moods and behaviors.Work as a team to brainstorm ideas thenuse recycled plastic milk jugs to create atemporary play structure for the children;for grades 6-12.

    After-School Get Together: JapaneseWind Sock Carp, Anythink Brighton,2:30-4:30 p.m.; Make a wind sock carpthat resembles the Japanese flyingkoinobori; for grades K-5.

    ThursdaySenior Wellness Clinic, Eagle ViewAdult Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. by appoint-ment; health promotion and disease pre-vention with Visiting Nurses Associationfor adults 55-plus; optional foot care is$25; appointments required, 303-655-2075

    Caregivers Support Group, EagleView Adult Center, 10-11:30 a.m.; joinother caregivers for valuable informationand support, all ages welcome, 303-426-4408

    Bunco, Eagle View Adult Center, 1:15-3:45 p.m.; Bunco is an easy game, learnit in 5 minutes; fun, refreshments, prizes,$4, deadline Tuesday before

    Basic Microsoft Word 2010, AnythinkBrighton, 7-8 p.m.; Start learningMicrosoft Word 2010 to create a resumeor write a quick letter. Create new docu-ments, make changes, and make theadjustments. Bring a flash drive or anemail and we can save the changes thatyou have made to documents.

    p.m.Eventsat theArmory

    Disneys Peter Pan Jr., Platte Val-ley Players presentation, 7 p.m. Fri-day and Saturday. Based on theDisney film and J.M. Barrie'senchanting play, Disney's Peter PanJr. is a modern version of the time-less tale about a boy who wouldn'tgrow up with no flying required. Formore information, visit

    Shamrock & Roll, 7 p.m. March 15,Celebrate your St. Patty's with din-ner and dancing to Urban DanceTheory, the top Colorado FrontRange band playing modern partymusic current, hot pop, dance,and rock cover songs. $15 onlineand box office, $20 at the door $10for children 12 and under, buy tick-ets online at

    The week ahead

    Word on the streetQuestion: Given Brightons size, is there onething that would make it a world-class smallcity? (Asked in various places)

    By Elena Guerrero Townsend

    Tell usSend your organizations public events, orwrite to The Banner, 315 StrongSt., Brighton, CO 80601

    It would take morethan one thing to do

    that, but Id like to seeart sculptures around

    the city like in Boulder.Art is culture and cul-

    ture adds class. Luis Gonzales,


    San Antonio has aspectacular riverwalkwhere they have riverparades, and varioustypes of festivals.Anything of that sortthat is tourist-attractionworthy would addclass.

    Amy Boutan,Brighton

    We have bronze workall around the city and

    a great art gallery, MainStreet Creatives. So if

    we continue in thisdirection by adding

    public art to the city wewill soon become a

    world-class small city. State Sen. MaryHodge, Brighton

    Thats easy: Build acasino. That wouldbring in money and alsoall kinds of other busi-nesses.

    Steven Banez,Thornton

    Eagle View Adult Center menus March 10-14Monday: Pork green chile

    stew, baked sweet potato, mex-icali corn, cornbread with mar-garine, tangerine, fat-free milk(lunch: 11:30)

    Tuesday: Veal Marsala,pasta with garlic sauce, broc-coli parmesan, sourdoughbread with margarine, banana,fat-free milk (lunch: 11:30)

    Wednesday: Minnesotachicken and wild rice casserole,mixed vegetables, tossed greensalad with lite ranch dressing,wheat bread with margarine,apricot pineapple compote, fat-

    free milk (lunch: 11:30)Thursday (Irish Heritage

    Day): corned beef with broth,parslied new potatoes, cookedcabbage with carrots, rye breadwith margarine, blarney stonecake, fresh pear, fat-free milk(lunch: 11:30)

    Fridays Feast, noon;Broccoli cheese soup, sandwichand dessert, Daniel Blegenpresents a lively concert/lec-ture on The Life and Songs ofWoody Guthrie; $4, deadlineMarch 12. For reservations orcancellations, call Audri at303-655-2271

  • Everybody loves a goodstory, and Ron Harms knowshow to weave a tale. Withevery photo,he takes, a differ-ent anecdote emerges.

    Ive been taking picturesalmost all my life, Harmssaid. He received his firstcamera Christmas Day 1951 when he was in eighth grade.I prefer to take pictures oflandscapes, versus people.

    To Harms, taking photos ismuch more than a hobby. Hebrings life, poetry and dramato each shot. Youll findHarms heading up a trailnear the colorful RockyMountains with his wife,Sally, with him, toting theirlunch. The high plains of east-ern Colorado are anotherfavorite place of the couplesto shoot the wonders ofnature.

    Sally recognized her hus-bands artistry early on andurged him to enter photo con-tests. And he did, but hedoesnt take photos or entercontests for recognition, butrather as a hobby.

    This year he entered hisphoto, titled Sunflower Sunset,in the Colorado Departmentof Agricultures yearly photocontest. Photos are based ontheme, creativity, and techni-cal quality. The photographerwhose picture best depicts thespirit of Colorado agricul-ture in each category wins aprize.

    Submitted photos had to betaken in 2013 and the entrypostmarked by Dec. 31. Prizeswere awarded in five subjectareas: Agritourism, Crops,Livestock, People, and OpenProfessional.

    He took first place in theOpen Professional division.At one time Harms sold hisphotos at art and craft fairs,and he still exhibits his art ingalleries. In accordance withthe contest rules, if any con-testant has sold photos he/she must compete in the pro-fessional division.

    He took the winning piecein late summer of 2013 whenan afternoon thunderstormstarted brewing. The cloudswere lying low, and the skywas the same color as thesunflowers, Harms said.Wind turbines were in thebackground. We were westof Peetz.

    He and Sally do just abouteverything together.

    After 54 years, we prettymuch operate as a team, hesaid. The Harmses considerthemselves mostly retiredand make their home insouthern Weld County,though they have a Brightonmailing address.

    The winning photos aredisplayed in the Beede-HailAgriculture Building atNortheastern Junior Collegein Sterling.

    Elena GuerreroTownsend

    12 DECA studentsreach internationals

    Twelve students will repre-sent Brighton High Schooland the state of Colorado atthe 2014 DECA InternationalCareer DevelopmentConference, in May inAtlanta, Ga.

    The following students willattend the international con-ference:

    Madison Marrs, first place,Business Services IndividualRole-Play Event; DominiqueWilson and Cole DeShazer,first place, EntrepreneurshipPromotion Project; Will

    Dutcher, Taylor Young,Jonathan Martinez, first place,Buying and MerchandisingOperations Research Event;Madison Marrs and JazminMorales, second place, PublicRelations Project;

    Saul Jurado, Miranda Sena,Alex Meier, fourth place,Public Relations Project;Marlene Sanchez, fourthplace in Program of Work;Aey Jay Parker, LeadershipDevelopment Academy.

    The following were final-ists in their contests:

    Sabrina Meskimen andJessica Gieber, FinancialServices Operation Research;Tralynn Tolbert and Brooke

    Rael, Business ServicesOperations Research; SaulJurado, Personal Selling;

    Daniel Diaz and RuthVillalobos, EntrepreneurshipPromotion Project; Aey JayPraker and Amanda Vallejos-Torres, Learn and EarnProject; Kaitlyn Arnold,Public Relations Project; RienMickler, Ana Moya Benitez,and Sierra Moots,Community Service Project.

    In addition, the followingstudents were recognizedwith honorable mention intheir respective contests: WillDutcher RetailMerchandising; Miranda Senaand Tralynn Tolbert Hospitality Services; Aey JayParker Restaurant and FoodService Management.

    Jordan Wilson winsconference award

    Former Prairie View HighSchool alumna Jordan Wilsonwas named Great NorthwestAthletic ConferenceFreshman of the Year onTuesday.

    TheUniversityof AlaskaFairbanksNanooksbasketballforward alsowas namedGNACHonorable Mention, joining18 other athletes who earnedall-conference awards.

    Everyone is a good play-er at the college level, andthis award only goes to onefreshman, she said. Ofcourse, this wouldnt be pos-sible without my teammates,who I love and push meevery day, and my coachesCody Bench and AmySenefelder, who have helpedme develop as a player.

    She said everything startedat a young age, and just com-plied up to this very moment.Every coach Ive had hasbeen a part of this, Wilsonsaid. Biggest thanks to myparents who have alwayssupported me, even from3,000 miles away.

    Im honored to receivethis award, she said. Therehave been a lot of years ofhard work that have goneinto basketball, and it is pay-ing off. I know there isalways room to improve andI look forward to building onthis and improving.

    Wilson also attributes thather success has not only comefrom her current collegecoaches, but also from PVHSbasketball Coach RachelParker and former assistantJamie White, and her clubcoach, Dan Doehler. They alltaught me a lot of valuableskills before I reached the col-lege level, she said.

    The individual award is thefirst for the Alaska Nanookswomens basketball team.

    Wilson was the leadingscorer for the Nanooks. Sheposted 20 double-digit-scor-ing games, which includedsix games scoring more than20 points. Wilson closed outher freshman season with 395points, had six double-digitrebound games and loggedfour double-doubles.

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  • We first see Bill Marks sit-ting in his car in an airportparking lot. Hes on his cellphone apparently with hisboss.

    That alone might givesome of us pause for a coupleof drinks, but Bill drinks inhis car because its somethingof an addiction for him.

    He enters the airport andultimately arrives at theboarding area for his flight,surveying the people whowill be flying with him. Itsan examination of suspects.He has no idea of the excite-ment that awaits him in Non-Stop.

    Shortly after he takes hisseat on the plane, he begins toreceive text messages, and welearn that Bill is a UnitedStates air marshal. The mes-sages advise that every 20minutes, someone among hisfellow passengers will die,unless $150 million is trans-ferred into a specific bankaccount.

    Bill alerts the pilot ,whocalls the TransportationSecurity Administration. Bythis time the director has con-vinced us that Bill is an hon-est man and cannot possiblybe the criminal.

    Needless to say, the firstdeadline expires, but the sur-prise is that Bill kills the first

    passenger, and right on time. To make matters worse,

    TSA tells the pilot that Bill isan alcoholic, the accountnumber is in Bills name, andthey are to take Bills badgeand gun. As the movie pro-gresses, the continuing clueskeep pointing to Bill but wemaintain a belief that Bill isjust being set up, as heclaims, while the rest of theplane begins to suspect thevery individual they are sup-posed to believe is their hero.

    Bill maintains command ofthe situation as more andmore of the passengersbecome aware of what is

    going on. The actual culprittells Bill hes got a bomb onboard. But who is this mad-man/culprit?

    We are taken through arevolving door of possiblestereotypical suspects and thesmart viewer hopes that thefilm isnt dumb enough toeventually pin blame on oneof these.

    There are a couple of dull,albeit short-lived, momentsbut this movie keeps up itspace and holds your interestall the way through theexplosive high-altitudethriller.


    At AMC Theaters inBrighton PavilionsWriters: John W.Richardson, ChristopherRoachDirector: Jaume Collet-Serra Starring: Liam Neeson,Scoot McNairy Genre: Mystery, thrillerRating: PG-13 for intensesequences of action and vio-lence, some language, sen-suality Run time: 1 hour, 46 min-utes. Michaels grade: 4 of 5

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    Bob Kagohara, left, and DennisKitayama of the Brighton

    Japanese-American Associa-tion presented checks of $800

    each to three local organiza-tions on Monday. Above Freda

    Davenport, Lori Meschefskiand DeeDee Nuss represent

    the Special Olympics; at right,Mary Emick represents Meals

    on Wheels. Chuck Phelps rep-resented the Senior Center.

    Funds were proceeds from the2013 BJAA Chow Mein and

    Shrimp Dinner. This year its 11a.m -3 p.m. on March 23 at

    Adams County Regional Park.Tickets $12.

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    Peter Pan takes offFriday at the Armory

    Audiences can expect afun, fast-paced rendition ofDisneys Peter Pan at 7 p.m.Friday and Saturday, whenPlatte Valley Players presentsPeter Pan Jr. at the ArmoryPerforming Arts Center,director Jen Kroff said.

    We have 54 kids in thecast and some great talent,she said. Any age will enjoythis one.

    It has some of the usualfavorites from Peter Pan, suchas Never Smile at a Crocodile,You can Fly, Following theLeader, and Second Star to theRight, plus a few new onesthat are sure to keep yousmiling, Kroff said.

    And everythings con-densed into a kid-friendlyone-hour show.

    She expects tickets to sellquickly, based on the fact that

    she is no stranger to chil-drens theater.

    Kroff was assistant directorfor Platte Valley Players firstchildrens production, LetYour Hair down, Rapunzel, in2012.

    She co-directed, with LeslieZirker, Disneys Jungle Book forKids a year ago. She also wasa director with PrairiePlayhouse, leading and chore-ographing its production of101 Dalmatians. She wasmusic director for PPHsfirst-ever kids show, SchoolHouse Rock, and music direc-tor for Bye Bye Birdie, and Intothe Woods and choreographerfor Alice in Wonderland.

    Tickets are $10 for adults;$8 seniors; $5 kids under 12.They are available at, or at thedoor on the day of the show.

    Witchesof Oz

    Jessica Ransdall, left, and Violet Gorrell portraywitches in the BHS Drama production of TheWizard of Oz Friday, Saturday and March 14 and15 at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Sunday at BrightonHigh School. Tickets are available online for $10(adults) and $5 (students) at or$12 and $6 at the door. Michelle Boyer photo

  • Kathrine Martinez-Graham

    Kathrine Martinez-Graham, 55, educator, mentor,lifelong learner, prayer war-rior, seamstress, world travel-er, Sock Monkey and Boxerlover, died Feb. 28, after athree-year battle with lungcancer.

    Kathrine was born into amilitary family in El Paso,Texas, living mostly in thatvicinity and Germany as ayoung girl. She excelled inschool especially scienceand athletics, holding staterecords in Texas, NorthDakota and Colorado andwas the youngest girl to winthe Annual El Paso GolfTournament. She attendedCavalier High School,Cavalier, N.D., but graduatedfrom Aurora Central in 1976.She received the first senatori-al appointment for a womanto the United States MilitaryAcademy at West Point afterbeing courted by every mili-tary institution, as well asmany other Universities.

    Kathrine was a lifelonglearner and teacher who stud-ied and taught middle schoolmathematics to gifted and tal-ented students, theology,communications and nationalsecurity. She was finishing upher second doctorate whenillness made that pursuitimpossible. She was especial-ly proud of her work creatingthe Communication andNational Security minor inCommunication Studies atNMSU. Her students wereher life and when cancer stoleher voice she underwent arisky surgery in order toteach just one more semester.

    Kathrine traveled exten-sively all over the UnitedStates and Europe as a child,Army wife, with theAmerican Red Cross, in hernational security pursuits andsometimes for pleasure. Sheenjoyed many trips with hersister's family with DisneyWorld being her undisputed

    favorite. Searching forHidden Mickeys took onnew meaning with Kathrine,recently overjoyed to findHidden Mickeys in ultra-sounds of her legs just weeksbefore she died.

    Kathrine took cues from noone and lived her life on herown terms. Purple DocMartens boots and Navajobelts weighing as much asshe did, with camouflageshorts and a T-shirt sportingan X-ray of a teddy bear werefrequently her look. Fishing,hunting, woodworking andcomputing were enjoyed asmuch as photography, cook-ing, tailoring, quilting andknitting. Nothing was pur-sued casually, but painstak-ingly researched and mas-tered. When asked recently todescribe herself she simplystated she was an INTJ, ifthey were familiar with theMeyers-Briggs methodology,but that didn't begin todescribe this complex person.

    True to form, she was awarrior to the end, beginninga grueling but promisingdrug trial at UniversityHospital in Denver, whichbrought her closer to her fam-ily, which cared for her to theend. She hoped her contribu-tion might help others fight-ing this horrible cancer. Shefound her strength in God,her parents, Alex and DorthyMartinez; sister Beth (Dave)Martin; nieces Amy (Paul,and daughter Vivian)Regalado and Rachel Martin,sock monkeys, her belovedboxers B.I.L.Y. and Challah,New Mexico State, fishing,her adobe home in New

    Mexico, banana beujolais andgrowing anything out of theordinary and with little realfunction.

    A scholarship fund to bene-fit students of theCommunication Departmentat New Mexico StateUniversity can be contributedto through her sister Beth Her family would espe-cially like to thank Dr.William Adler and his caringstaff at the MMC CancerCenter who managed tomiraculously stretch the origi-nal 6-9 month prognosis tomore than three years. Morethanks to Dr. Thomas Purcelland his team at UCH, the car-ing staff at PVMC, the 11thFloor team at UniversityHospital, Halcyon Hospice,Elizabeth, Ana, Rodrigo, Rick,Isaac and so many others.

    Tabor-Rice Funeral Homeis handling arrangements.

    Oscar ManzanoGomez

    Oscar Manzano Gomez, 64,of Fort Lupton died Feb. 28 athis home. He was born toManuel and Maria Gomez inJanuary 1950. One of 10 chil-dren, he lived in Mexico untilcoming to the United Statesin 1956. He worked in con-struction and as a mechanic.

    Oscar married Christina(Berber) in July 1969.Together they raised threechildren: Maria, Jose andOrlinda. In his retirement heenjoyed his family, carpentry,fishing and the DallasCowboys. Oscar was preced-ed in death by a brother andsister and his great-grandson.

    Survivors include his wifeof 43 years; his children; 12grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two brothersand six sisters.

    Memorial service, wasMonday at Tabor-RiceFuneral Home. Tabor-RiceFuneral Home handledarrangements.

    Ephraim E.Archuleta

    Ephraim E. Archuleta, 25,of Brighton, died Feb. 25. Hewas born Oct. 24, 1988, theyoungest of three boys bornto Joseph and Ann (Pastore)Archuleta. He graduatedfrom Brighton High School in2007 and continued his edu-cation at Community Collegeof Denver. He married KelseySchlosser on Dec. 21, 2012.

    For the past five years, hehad been working for ATP OilField Services and previouslyfor Quality Paving. In his freetime he was an avid out-doorsman who loved huntingand fishing. He also lovedriding his motorcycle.

    Ephraim was well likedand loved by everyone heknew. He was a hardworking,loving husband and fatherwho always remained calmand steady and was a devot-ed son, grandson and son-in-law.

    Survivors include his wife,Kelsey; daughter, Elise, bothof Brighton; parents Josephand Ann Archuleta of Snyder;paternal grandparents Joseand Patricia Archuleta, ofBrighton; maternal grandpar-ents Esther Pastore of Denver;brothers Francisco (Nicole)Archuleta and Joseph (EmilyChilders) Archuleta, both ofBrighton.

    Visitation, 5-8 p.m. today atTabor-Rice Funeral Home.Funeral service, 1 p.m. Fridayat Brighton United MethodistChurch.

    Memorial contributions canbe made to the EliseJ.Archuleta Donation Fund,c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 15 S.Main St., Brighton, CO 80601.

    Tabor-Rice Funeral Homeis handling arrangements.

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    Obituaries/funeral notices

    The 2014 Stars ofTomorrow talent show will beheld at 7 p.m. on April 11 inthe Brighton High SchoolAuditorium, 270 S. EighthAve., with rehearsal on April10, a news release fromBrighton Kiwanis announced.

    Applications for entry aredue April 2.

    All contestants will com-pete in one of the followingage levels:

    Elementary Division I Pre-kindergarten through sec-ond grade

    Elementary Division II Grades 3-5

    Junior Division Grades

    6-8 and Senior Division Grades

    9-12. Each act may consist of one

    to five individuals, includingthe accompanist. Each actmay be up to 5 minutes.

    Contestants will be judgedin two distinct categories:contemporary and classical.

    First-, second- and third-place trophies will be award-ed in each category.

    There will be a $10 entryfee, due with the applicationfor each act.

    Applications may beobtained at Guaranty Bank,

    2707 E. Bromley Lane,Brighton, or by calling DianaMaher at 303-536-4028.

    To be eligible for the showthe application and entry feemust be in the hands ofShow Chairperson DianaMaher by 5 p.m. on April 2by either dropping off atGuaranty Bank or mailing toDiana Maher at P.O. Box 6,Hudson, CO 80642.

    Call Maher at 303-536-4028with any questions.

    The winner of the SeniorDivision may perform andcompete in the Stars ofTomorrow District Show, laterin April.

    Stars of Tomorrow entries due April 2

    The Ackerman sisters perform during the 2013 Kiwanis Stars of Tomor-row competition. Banner Press file photo

  • 8 Brighton Banner March 6, 2014

    By Michelle Boyerfor The Banner

    The Lady Bulldogs fellhard last week in the secondround game of the Class 5Agirls basketball playoff gameagainst Ralston Valley, 73-37.

    It was definitely not whatwe expected, BrightonCoach Dan Doehler said.Ralston Valley came out thefirst period with three 3-pointers right off the bat.They had very good shootersand were able to take somedown. They just took advan-tage of their speed, theiryouth and really got to usearly which, in the end, paiddividends as you could tell.

    Doehler said the teamsstrength of schedule played apart in the outcome of theplayoffs.

    Our East Metro AthleticConference games toward theend of the year didnt helpus, he said. Were playinga lot of cupcake teams in ourleague, which obviously donthelp us when were in theplayoffs, because were notseasoned enough to handlesome of their pressure andtalent with the teams in theplayoffs. Were beating teamsby 40-, 50-plus points in theEMAC league play. Were notseeing teams in the Jeffco orCentennial leagues.

    Doehler said the teamsfourth seed was a huge

    accomplishment for the ath-letes this season. Comparedto last years playoff appear-ance, of playing an eight- andnine-seed game, he said thisseasons team was moreaccomplished.

    We worked hard to get tothis point in the season, he

    said. As a fourth seed, youjust are going to get a goodfifth seed team to playagainst. With our kids wewere able to win league andbe in that position.

    We came out flat in thefirst quarter and had a toughtime coming back in Fridays

    game, shooting guard TaviaWeis said.

    The 5-foot-6, sophomorehas been playing basketballfor five years.

    This season we went 17-8,won the Boulder ValleyInvitational, took a trip toOrlando, Fla., where we tookrunner-up in a tournamentgoing 2-1, and won a leaguechampionship, she said.We had some close games;some bad losses, but mostimportantly we had an unfor-gettable season.

    This year we had six sen-iors who left behind a legacy.We have three returning var-sity players: Kayla Michel,

    Sidney Potestio and me.Weis said the team will

    continue to work hard.Summer and fall league playwill help bring up the youthof Brighton High School.

    Im very excited for thefuture of the program, shesaid.

    Weis has made 31 totalpoints this season with 10assists and 19 rebounds.

    Besides the three returningathletes next year, Doehlersaid two sophomores willstep in and play for the team.

    The six seniors are irre-placeable and have set thetone for the team, Doehlersaid.

    Ralston Valley ends Brighton playoff run

    By Michelle Boyerfor The Banner

    Despite the Bulldogs 8-15overall record and 5-4 East

    Metro Athletic Conferencerecord, Brighton boys basket-ball Coach Eli Haskell ispleased.

    Overall our season wasbetter than our recordshowed, he said. The kidshad to overcome a lot. The

    first 14 games were on theroad. As a coaching staff wewere proud and felt the teamaccomplished its goals.

    Of course, Haskell said, itwould have been nice to bein the playoffs, but said theteam never called that a goalfor the season. We just hadthe goal of getting better eachday, he said.

    In his inaugural year,Haskell felt it was good over-all, and he expected it wouldbe hard to change a cultureand have a lot of success inthe first year. Not a lot oftradition has been estab-lished, and its not whatwere talking about having,he said. It doesnt turnaround overnight. The teamsyear lived up to my expecta-tion and Im excited. We needto win more than eight gamesnext year, and I believe wewill.

    Six seniors will depart theBulldogs this year, with fourplaying a lot on the court.

    They were a big part ofwhat we were doing this sea-son, he said. It is tough tolose that commitment.Michael Willis has a lot ofraw athleticism, and Ivenever coached someone withthat talent. There are moregreat athletes in Toby Heidtand Nate Morales.

    Haskell said the good newsis six athletes received signifi-cant playing time this seasonand will return next year.We played a lot of kids rou-tinely in a game, and alwayshad 12 kids out there, with alot of depth, he said.

    Haskell feels the toughschedule, with the first 14games on the road, was toughon the team. He said theteam played a lot of goodteams, such as Fossil Ridge,Monarch and Horizon: a lotof teams who reached thefinal 32. He never consideredthe EMAC las tough competi-tion.

    Hes confirmed a bunch ofteams for his schedule nextseason, and said there wontbe as many tournaments.

    Games will be toughernext year, and will be morespaced out with more homegames than away games,Haskell said. Our initialhope is to get prepared forthe playoffs.

    The Brighton team will restduring March and will startopen-gym practice April 1with spring leagues and sum-mer camps/tournaments.

    Although the team loses sixathletes to graduation,Haskell said the team has agood group of juniors fornext year.

    Tavia Weis (33) and Brielle Brady advance the ball against Ashley VanSickle of Ralston Valley during Brightons Class 5A playoff game Fri-day. At right, Brady and Weis guard Morgan Nishida. Michelle Boyer

    BHS boys coach: Better than record shows