Jan. 16 Council Update

Your Town Council representatives meet twice a month, and during those meetings Councilmembers make decisions that impact residents and business owners. Stay up-to-date on those decisions with this meeting summary.

Citizen Advisory Committee and special election update
Town Council’s newly appointed Citizen Advisory Committee is helping implement the at-large Mayor structure voters approved in November 2017. The seven-member Committee met Jan. 9 and presented its recommendations to Town Council Tuesday.

The Committee’s recommendations focused on qualifications to become Mayor and redistricting from seven to six districts. Town Council discussed and accepted the Committee’s recommendations.

Specifically, the Committee recommended the Mayor be a registered elector, a Castle Rock resident for one year, and a citizen of the United States. The Committee also recommended the first election date for the at-large Mayor be Nov. 6, 2018. Finally, the Committee recommended the Town complete the redistricting from seven to six districts in 2018.  

Town Council authorized the Citizen Advisory Committee in December as a follow up to the November 2017 election. While the election changed language in the Charter regarding the overall structure of Town Council, the citizen-initiated petition that provided for that election did not identify elements such as qualifications for Mayor (age, residency, voter status, etc.) and a timeline for the transition to the new structure.

Why a special election?
Any change to Town Charter requires voter approval, so to ensure these important elements are addressed in Town Charter ahead of the first at-large Mayor election Nov. 6, 2018, a special election will be required this spring.

Using the Committee’s recommendations, Town Council directed staff to prepare the ordinances necessary to call a special election for May 15, 2018 and set ballot language for two ballot questions for that election. Council is scheduled to consider those ordinances on first reading during its Feb. 6 meeting.

The Citizen Advisory Committee also discussed various signature requirements for Mayoral candidates to get on the ballot. Specifically, they discussed a requirement for 10 signatures from each district. Council decided to discuss that requirement at a later meeting.

Next steps: For an election to occur, Town Council must approve ordinances to call the election and to set the ballot questions. Council is expected to consider those ordinances during its two meetings in February.

Learn more about the Committee at CRgov.com/citizencommittee.

Watch the discussion.

Accessory dwelling units now allowed in some neighborhoods
Accessory dwelling units by definition are second small dwellings on the same grounds as a single-family home. This could include an apartment over the garage or in the basement, a tiny house in the backyard, or a mother-in-law dwelling. Now, these units will be allowed in some neighborhoods.

Town Council approved an ordinance to update Town Code to allow for accessory dwelling units in some neighborhoods. Council also clarified square footage for new units.

This was the second and final reading of the ordinance. Property owners and residents interested in accessory dwelling units should contact Development Services at 720-733-2200.

Watch the discussion.

Construction contract for Castle Rock Water Improvement Projects
As infrastructure ages, replacement and rehabilitation are important to Castle Rock. In that effort, Council this week approved a construction contract for the Castle Rock Water Improvements Project.

Castle Rock Water’s goal is to spread out the costs of infrastructure rehabilitation and replacement over time. Staff has identified four facilities that require improvements. Those improvements have been combined into a single project – the Castle Rock Water Improvements Project.

The project includes the replacement of the Baldwin pressure reducing valve (located near Baldwin Park Road and S. Valley Drive), the Canyon pressure reducing valve (located near Canyon and Oakwood drives), Meadows Water Treatment Plant transmission main butterfly valves and the Maher Force Main manhole.

The total construction cost is estimated at $327,624 and will be paid for out of Castle Rock Water’s Distribution System Upgrades, Valves and Actuators, and Sewer Line Rehabilitation funds.

Next steps: Construction is expected to start in February and wrap up by early summer.

Watch the discussion.

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Putting passion into practice

There were no sports for girls at the middle school Caryn Jarocki attended in the Chicago area, so she kept the scorebook for the boys.

That didn’t sit well with Jarocki.

“That made me angry because I was good and could play,” said Jarocki, 56. “I got into high school and they had basketball. I always loved playing and I always wanted to coach it. I love giving my kids my love for the game.”

Jarocki’s passion for the game has translated into the most victories of any girls basketball coach in Colorado history. Last month, she won her 600th game.

Jarocki, 56, played three years at the University of Denver and coached for 11 seasons at Colorado Academy in Denver. She has been the head coach for the past 20 seasons at Highlands Ranch High School and her teams have won seven state championships, most recently in 2011. Her first state title was in 2000.

“She has built a tradition and a program there that just feeds off itself and is so solid,” said Bruce Wright, the former Highlands Ranch athletic director. “It is geared toward helping kids to be their best. It continues to build off itself.”

In her 32nd season as a head coach, Jarocki has compiled 607 victories in games through Jan. 13 and never has had a losing season as a head coach. She has averaged 19.5 wins a season. At Highlands Ranch she has won 20.3 games a season going into the current campaign and the Falcons have averaged 22.3 victories in the past 11 seasons.

“Teams are different and players are different,” Jarocki said. “You have to find what each team is good at and put the pieces together. I’ve gotten better at that over the years.

“My favorite part of the day is going to practice … It is a privilege.”

Talking about practice

At practice, Jarocki demands that her players concentrate on details and work hard on defense.

“She wants us to have that intensity and always play tough. That’s what she stresses the most,” said senior guard Tommi Olson.

Jarocki, a physical eduation teacher at the school, never loses her focus, or intensity.

“I’m actually more mellow than I used to be,” Jarocki said. “Defense is the place where we can improve the most. I don’t have the longest patience span with that.

“Hard work, paying attention to details and great kids that are willing to listen to you are the reason for the wins. The players are the ones playing.”

Jarocki has more interaction with players during practice than in games. Assistant coach Traci Nemechek coached against Jarocki when she was the head coach at Dakota Ridge and is often the first to talk to players when they exit the court for a substitution.

“I will tell you in practice it looks the opposite,” Nemechek said. “The assistants are after the players and she is so teacher-mode. When it’s game time, she is into it. We try to balance each other.”

High standards

One thing is obvious: The Falcons are well-prepared.

“Caryn always had her team prepared to play,” said former ThunderRidge and Monarch coach Bill Bradley, who is now coaching in Georgia. “The kids knew what they were doing and knew what they were supposed to be doing.”

Regis Jesuit coach Carl Mattei faces Jarocki in meaningful Continental League games each season.

“She sets her standards very high,” he said. “Once she won that first state championship, and achieving that success, she has been able to have every class after that play at a very high level. It is a credit to her ability to lead.”

Jarocki, Mattei and many high school girls mentors coach on club teams during the summer. Jarocki formed the Colorado Basketball Club eight years ago.

Several CBC players are on the current Highlands Ranch High team.

“I wanted to see my kids achieve certain things in the summer, and it wasn’t happening,” Jarocki said. “It started to become clear it would be much more favorable for my kids to play together.”

‘Coach J’

Jarocki is often referred to as “Coach J,” and many former players are appreciative of having had a chance to play for a coach who reached the 600-win milestone in a Dec. 7 win over Arapahoe.

“Coach Jarocki demands a level of respect that not a lot of coaches can gain,” Montana State sophomore Blaire Braxton said. “A lot of coaches have one way of trying to get players to respond, but Coach J creates relationships that allow her to connect with each player individually.

“I am forever grateful for the lessons that she has taught me as I will take them with me the rest of my life.”

Lindsay Mallon, a 2011 Highlands Ranch graduate who played at Northern Colorado, said practices were harder than games.

“Coach J held us very accountable to never take a play off and play hard,” she said. “We didn’t want to let each other or Coach J down and would hold each other accountable during practice, (which) led to success in games.”

Nemechek says Jarocki’s connection with her players is distinct.

“Probably the biggest thing besides her ability to coach and win games is she cares about kids,” Nemechek said. “A lot of people don’t see that because they see the wins, but there is so much more that happens in practice.”

This season’s Highlands Ranch team is 11-3 and ranked second in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A poll as Jarocki continues to rack up victories.

“The students and all the great players I’ve had make this fun,” Jarocki said. “I am very grateful to them.”

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Twins are powerhouse basketball performers

Standley Lake seniors Garrett and Savannah Martin have been double trouble for Jefferson County 4A basketball opponents this season.

The Martins are fraternal twins and like most siblings are very competitive.

Some of the first evidence of their competitiveness was evident when they played T-ball as 4-year-olds.

Savannah is very quick to point out that she is minutes older than her brother and came out first.

Their parents, Heather and Billy, have been able to see every game for both twins this season, either watching live in person or on video because they were attending the game of the other sibling.

Now that the Jeffco 4A season has started, boys and girls basketball games are played at different venues.

They split attending weekday games and then go the watch the offspring they didn’t see for the weekend contests.

“Weekend game were fabulous in the off-season, there were doubleheaders,” said Heather.

Both Martins rank among the Jeffco leaders.

Garrett, a 6-3 forward, is third in the league with a 19.8 scoring average. He is second with 9.2 rebounds a game and second in double doubles with six.

“Garrett is having a great year on the court playing as well as leading this team of young athletes. He is an absolute pleasure to coach and gives everything he has when on the floor,” said Ted Allen, head boys basketball coach at Standley Lake.

Garrett hit .490 last baseball season as a middle infielder and is planning to attend McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, with hopes of landing a Division I offer and follow in the footsteps of his dad.

No, we are not talking about that Billy Martin who played and managed the Yankees.

Garrett’s father was a four-year standout at the University of Texas at Arlington and played professional baseball in the Mets, Diamondbacks and Nationals organizations. He was a three-time minor league All-Star.

Savannah is 5-9 forward who is uncertain on which college she will attend. She is fourth in Jeffco scoring with a 15.8 but leads in rebounding and blocks with averages of 13.3 and 27 blocks. She leads the state’s 4A players with 11 double doubles.

“She has played at an elite level this year,” said Gators’ girls coach Lee Gibson. “She’s scoring, rebounding and doing all the other things for us. She’s also been a leader for us, keeping everybody positive. The best thing you can say about Savannah is she has all the talent and uses every time she steps on the floor.”

Hot stove season

I don’t know if there is a hot stove league for high school football.

The term hot stove is for baseball’s off-season where baseball fans used to sit around a hot stove in the winter to discuss moves, changes and hopes for their favorite teams.

Well, there are several area high schools looking for new head football coaches and Thornton has hired one.

Nick Trombetta, who led Denver North to a 7-3 record last season, has been named head coach at Thornton, where he used to be an assistant coach.

Athletic directors and administrators at Arapahoe, Englewood, Faith Christian, Highlands Ranch and Valor Christian are still scanning resumes to find people to take over the reins of their football programs.

Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com or at 303-566-4083.

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Wind players, percussionists plan free concert at church

Professional wind players and percussionists from the United States Air Force Academy Band, who represent the nation’s finest music schools, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. These virtuoso musicians will perform as soloists and in various chamber groups, presenting music by Mozart, Messiaen, Ponchelli and Gounod. The concert is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Air Force and patrons of LUMC Fine Arts Series in celebration of the 25th year of the series. 303-794-6379.

Literary journal

For more than 50 years, Arapahoe Community College students and instructors have produced the annual “Progenitor,” a literary/art magazine of works by students, former students and others each spring. Students who want to be involved enroll in English 231 and learn how to edit, format and design a quality piece, which goes out to students, faculty and community. The 2017 edition just received acclaim as “Most Outstanding Community College Literary-Art Magazine for 2017” from the American Scholastic Press Association, with Special Merit accolades. It also received a Magazine Pacemaker Finalist Award from the Associated Collegiate Press. It will be accepting entries for the 2018 edition until Feb. 15. Contact Andrea Mason, progenitor@arapahoe.edu or writersstudio@arapahoe.edu.

Art Encounters

Entries for the 2018-2019 Art Encounters outdoor sculpture program in Douglas County are accepted through Feb. 9 on the Call For Entry website, callforentry.org. Visit Art Encounters’ site online for details. Selected pieces will be displayed in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Parker, Lone Tree and Roxborough. There is a stipend and two awards.

South Suburban art exhibits

During January, artists will exhibit work in these South Suburban Parks and Recreation District rec centers:

● Roseanne Jurgens of Centennial exhibits photographs, “The Gritty and the Pretty,” juxtaposing landscapes and images of weight room equipment and vehicles, at Buck Recreation Center.

● The Paint Box Guild of Littleton will display paintings at Lone Tree Recreaton Center.

● Cecil Jacobson of Littleton exhibits wood carvings at Goodson Recreation Center.

● Dick Gallagher of Lakewood has paintings, “Inked Car Art,” at Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel through March 31.

Art festival

Lia Hanchett, ThunderRidge High School senior, is organizing an art festival, as her senior project, to raise money for expansion of the art program at Ranchview Middle School, where she says, due to limited choir and orchestra programs, students can’t compete in state contests. The festival will be at ThunderRidge High School, 1991 W. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 31, and will feature musicians, artists, photographers and more from Ranchview and ThunderRidge at a kid-friendly festival. Admission: $5 individual; $10 family. All proceeds will go to Ranchview’s art program.

S.E. Ellis

Author S.E. Ellis, who has published a YA novel, “Hestia, the Dreamwalker,” spoke to fourth-grade students at Centennial School of the Arts on Jan. 12. She highlighted the perseverance necessary to become a writer. (Write, even if you don’t feel like it!) And she spoke about the logistics of publishing. Her book tells of a newly orphaned 14-year-old who used her dreamwalking skills to rescue a kidnapped younger brother from nefarious forces. Her book is available at Amazon and Spirit Wise, 6590 S. Broadway, Littleton.

Cowboy poets

The 29th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be held at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, 710 10th St. Jan. 18 through 21. Three evening performances, two full days of family activities and a lineup of performers. Tickets available, coloradocowboygathering.com.

Chamber music

“Winter Winds With CSO Winds” will feature Julie Thornton, flute; Michael Thornton, horn; Ian Wisekal, oboe; Tristan Rennie, bassoon; Jacob Shafer, clarinet; and Margaret McDonald, piano at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 in Hampden Hall, Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood. Tickets: $20/$15, free under 18. Englewoodarts.org.

Parker author

Michelle Crystal of Parker has just published her first novel, “Lavender Blue,” which she says is set in Colorado, in times past and present. Copies are available: michelle@readmichellecrystal.com.

Curtis Center for the Arts

“Open Space-Finite Frontier” is exhibited through Feb. 28 at Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village. Curator Robin Whatley, Art Students League Program Coordinator, will speak from 1-3 p.m. on Jan. 27. The American West is interpreted many ways. Admission free. Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check here about art classes. 303-797-1779, greenwood

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If we’re lucky, we’ll evolve until we’re as good as dogs

Should anyone who impersonates an impersonator be allowed to vote? There’s a impressionist in Branson who impersonates Rich Little.

Should anyone who can’t remember when to put their trash out be allowed to vote?

Should anyone who says he is “like, really smart” be allowed to vote?

On the other hand, should anyone who adopts a special-needs dog be allowed to vote twice?

I think so.

How are your heartstrings today?

There’s an Aurora dog named Rex. He gets his name from T. Rex, because a congenital deformity stopped his front legs from growing below the joint.

He has always walked on his hind legs.

You may have seen dogs do that on Letterman, but they were performing. Rex does it all of the time, and, “He has no idea he’s different,” his new foster dad said.

There are other dogs just like Rex. You can find touching videos of them on YouTube.

By now, many of you know how I feel about dogs. Versus people.

Dogs don’t have it in for you if your religion or race or lifestyle preferences are different than theirs.

War isn’t one of their growth industries.

Physically, they are indomitable, and are capable of remarkable tolerances and recoveries.

Dogs like Rex are often unwanted and discarded.

Rex’s new owner, and those involved in his future, have thought about it very differently.

The Denver Post reported that Rex was crowdfunded a unique cart to improve his quality of life.

“Eddie’s Wheels for Pets spent four weeks engineering a special cart for Rex to act as his front legs and improve his mobility.”

Eddie’s Wheels for Pets should be allowed to vote twice too.

Rex was dropped off at an animal shelter because his first family couldn’t give Rex the care and attention he needed.

Along came Cameron Schumacher. I’d like to meet Schumacher, and I’d like to meet Rex.

Cameron and Rex are uplifting antidotes to the rest of the news, and the rest of the newsmakers (see: “I’m, like, really smart”).

Animal shelter chief veterinarian Dr. Louisa Poon thinks Rex will be a candidate for surgically implanted prosthetics, which cost $1,000 to $1,500 per leg, once Rex’s “growth plates” are fully developed.

I am considering another dog. The house and my life are too empty without one. I have looked at healthy puppies that come with every conceivable piece of information about their mothers and fathers, the climate of the kennel where they were bred, and what their favorite bedtime stories are.

Then there are the other kind, like Rex, who haven’t had it so good.

A dog’s personality is created in its first 16 weeks. They benefit from conscientious owners, and they are adversely affected if their owners aren’t committed to them during that time.

However, there are many stories about abandoned and neglected dogs who are rescued and adopted, and turn into joyful “critters,” as my neighbor Sue calls them.

She and her husband adopted Taz. Taz gets her name from the Tasmanian devil, because she was a wild child.

She not very good-looking, but she’s beautiful.

She’s a perfect reflection of her owners.

Schumacher already had two dogs. They were a little spooked by Rex at first, because of his differences.

Now they love him.

See what I mean about dogs?

Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at craigmarshallsmith@comcast.net.

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What you see is what you get — so carefully create what you see

I was talking with a husband and wife a few years ago. They were from Kansas and for years came to Colorado every winter for a ski vacation. As they drove in from I-70 heading west, they would always stop as soon as they saw the Colorado Rockies in the distance. They would pull over on the side of the road and stare at the mountains, they would visualize themselves living in those mountains one day, and they would take a picture and keep that picture on their refrigerator at home as a constant reminder of their goal.

They shared with me that 10 years ago, that dream became a reality, as they moved to Colorado full time.

There has been so much written about the power of visualization and so many shared and great success stories of people who have used visual techniques to not only meet their goals and objectives, but in many cases, they have far exceeded even their own expectations.

So how do we use and harness the power of visualization to set and achieve goals? Well, the very first step in goal setting is to define our goals. Not just keeping them in our head, but actually investing the time to write them down. Whether we do this using technology or on a pad of paper or in a planner, we are creating our first set of something visual that will not only be captured on paper or in our technology, we are taking the first step towards imprinting it in our minds as we review our lists.

One of my favorite things to participate in is a vision boarding session. Either in a group setting as a participant or as a facilitator or simply at home as we plan out our goals and dreams. I am sure many of you are at least aware of this technique, and many of you have already probably created your vision board for 2018. If not, it is a fun and extremely valuable exercise.

A vision board, or even a vision wall, is created by using graphic images of our goals and dreams. The things we want to achieve, acquire, be, do, or have in life. And then pinning or attaching those pictures and images to our board or wall. In some cases, as we build family vision boards, it will include images or pictures of what our children hope to do or become, or maybe where they want to go to college.

I have seen some great vision boards in my life, and I am thoroughly impressed when I speak with someone about their vision board and ask about the “why” behind each picture or image. Sailboats, Hawaiian sunsets, a map of Italy, an image of a bed-and-breakfast sign from people who wanted to buy an inn, a trail map of Vail, Beaver Creek, or other ski areas, a picture of a university campus, a postcard of an African safari, a graduation cap and gown, a second home, the logo of a company they want to work for one day or a customer that they want to sell to, and even images of some kind of currency and in some cases actual dollar bills tacked to the wall.

These can be so much fun to put together, but more importantly a powerful and very visual reminder of what we are doing, why we are doing it, and where we want to go in this life. If you have never built one, send me an email and I am happy to talk you through it.

In addition to a vision board, here is another visual idea that may help you. I find that it really helps me. I keep a notebook with me at all times. For me, I can write faster than I type, and when I am speaking with others it is just more personal to be taking notes in this way than trying to capture notes on any of my devices. I also write out my to-do list each day so that I have it right in front of me as a visual aid to keep me on task.

Last year I started writing words at the top of each page in my notebook as I create my to-do list. It serves as a constant and consistent reminder of things I am working on in my own life. I write down five things at the top of the page; 1. Seek God first. 2. Say “No” so that I can say “Yes.” 3. Stop trading time for money. 4. No “FOMO” which means stop living with a “Fear of Missing Out.” 5. Practice patience. Maybe you will have five, maybe only two or three, or maybe just one. And certainly, you will have your own words and attributes that you are working on in your personal life. And of course, feel free to use any of the ones I have listed here for myself or ask me the “why” behind each attribute I have chosen.

Are you a visual person? Does it help for you to be able to see where you would like to go and what you would like to be, do, or have in this life? Or do you have other ways or tools that you use to keep you on track while you pursue your dreams and goals? Either way, I would love to hear from you at gotonorton@gmail.com, and when we realize that what we see is what we get, it really will be a better than good week.

Michael Norton is a resident of Castle Rock, the former president of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, a strategic consultant and a business and personal coach.

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Rock Bottom Brewery raises funds for Zackari Parrish

Brewers at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Centennial have named a beer in honor of Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Zackari Parrish, who was killed in the line of duty Dec. 31.

The ZPIII sour will be unveiled during a tapping event fundraiser held in Parrish’s honor Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. Twenty-five cents from each sour sold will be donated directly to the Fallen Officer Fund.

Steven Barry, assistant general manager of Rock Bottom South Denver, has worked with Douglas County sheriff’s deputies to arrange the fundraising event, which will include a silent auction and the ceremonious tapping of the ZPIII sour. The event is open to anyone who wishes to show their support for local law enforcement, fallen officers and/or Zackari Parrish.

The brewery is located at 9627 E. County Line Road.

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Colorado aerospace companies flying high

Colorado’s economy may be more associated with beer and marijuana than space, but the state’s robust aerospace industry is flying high.

Leaps in technology and beefed-up defense spending have been kind to the hundreds of aerospace companies in Colorado, many centered in the Denver suburbs, where legions of engineers are designing, building and operating space-age technology with globe-spanning influence.

“We’re first in the nation in terms of per-capita aerospace employment,” said Jay Lindell, a retired Air Force major general whose job title is “champion” of the state’s aerospace and defense industry for the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

More than 25,000 aerospace workers are employed in Colorado, Lindell said, in more than 400 companies. And while Colorado is home to some of the industry’s big names — Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace and United Launch Alliance — more than half of the state’s aerospace companies have 10 employees or fewer.

The aerospace industry is diverse, said Vicky Lea, director of the Aerospace and Aviation Division at the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., which houses the Denver-based Colorado Space Coalition, a consortium of industry stakeholders.

“We’ve got great representation in all three pillars of the industry: civil, commercial and military,” Lea said.

The bulk of the industry’s funding still comes from government contracting, but the private sector is picking up.

“We added more than a thousand new aerospace jobs in Colorado last year,” Lea said. “That’s the biggest jump in a decade.”

They’re good jobs, too: The average salary for an aerospace worker is $130,000, Lea said, more than double the overall state average.

At the vanguard

Some of the projects at the vanguard of 21st-century spaceflight are being developed at Lockheed Martin, said Joe Rice, Lockheed’s director of government relations. Lockheed, which largely pioneered the aerospace industry in Colorado, has offices and facilities scattered around the southwest metro area, including a large campus in Waterton Canyon in unincorporated Jefferson County.

“We’re designing and developing the Orion spacecraft, which will take astronauts back to the moon and eventually to Mars,” Rice said. “And we’ve sent spacecraft to every planet in the solar system.”

Some of Lockheed’s most influential work is also some of its less visible. The company’s GOES satellites are the foundation of space-based weather monitoring, and 19 of the planet’s 31 Global Positioning System, or GPS, satellites were built by Lockheed.

The GPS satellites also broadcast a timing signal that is used to certify global financial transactions, Rice said, and the whole shebang is controlled from Schreiver Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

“We’re the center of the world for GPS,” Lindell said. “There’s not a military mission that gets done without it. I was on a tour at Schriever, and one of the operators said to me: ‘Well sir, we control humanity.’”

Rice said Lockheed also provides Colorado with “pride and culture.”

“It’s difficult to find a classroom that hasn’t had someone from Lockheed come in to talk about what they do,” Rice said.

Other industry big shots call Colorado home. United Launch Systems, a joint Lockheed-Boeing consortium responsible for launching NASA and military satellites, is based in Centennial. DigitalGlobe, which produces geospatial imagery, is based in Westminster. Ball Aerospace has offices in Westminster, Broomfield and Boulder; Raytheon has offices in Aurora, Greenwood Village and Colorado Springs; Northrop Grumman has offices in Longmont, Aurora and Colorado Springs; and Sierra Nevada has offices in Centennial and Louisville.

From cowboys to rockets

Colorado began its development into an aerospace powerhouse in the years following World War II, when the state was known more for its miners and cowboys than engineering feats, Rice said.

“It all really got started when the Glenn L. Martin company — the precursor to Lockheed Martin — decided to relocate here in 1956,” Rice said. “The idea was threefold: that we were out of the range of Russian missiles at the time, that the mountains offered some protection, and that the geology was stable for advanced telemetry experiments.”

The defense industry rush that followed helped grow the Denver metro area into the powerhouse it is today, said Stephen Leonard, a professor of history at Metropolitan State University of Denver, who has written some of the seminal tomes of Colorado history.

“Martin brought high-paying jobs, and supplier companies followed,” Leonard said. “Soon lots of companies discovered what an attractive place this is, and that contributed majorly to the growth of the southwestern suburbs. Without Martin, Littleton would have remained little a lot longer than it did.”

The industry enjoys a symbiotic relationship with the state’s military installations, including U.S. Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

Leonard said the area used to have a better awareness of the achievements in its midst, before the aerospace industry got diffused into a more diverse economy.

“It’s an extremely important and underappreciated role,” Leonard said. “Big newspapers were always celebrating some new achievement that Lockheed was making, and they do less of that now, unfortunately.”

The next frontier?

Looking to the future, the sky’s the limit, Lindell said.

“We’re seeing lots of growth in commercial and private spaceflight,” Lindell said. “And satellites are getting cheaper, smaller, and more capable.”

Lindell said Colorado’s aerospace profile may grow if plans to develop the state’s first spaceport get off the ground. Based at Front Range Airport near DIA, the spaceport would accommodate space planes, which will take off and land like normal airplanes.

A number of industry groups will host Aerospace Day at the Colorado Capitol on March 19, an annual event featuring demonstrations and presentations of the state’s aerospace prowess.

“We want people to get as excited about this stuff as we are,” Lindell said. “We’re at the forefront of some big things here. Keep your eye on this industry — it’s really taking off.”

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Harmony Chorale tips hat to organizer of March on Washington

Nine out of 10 people on the street don’t know who Bayard Rustin is.

But Cincinnati Men’s Chorus Artistic Director Steve Milloy is out to change that.

Milloy composed and arranged an original choral piece, “Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream,” and musical groups throughout the country are starting to perform it.

“The piece discusses an unknown fact in our history of this wonderful man, Bayard Rustin,” Milloy said. “He was a peace activist, civil rights activist and an unabashedly openly gay man at a time when that was not exactly looked on as something righteous to do.”

Rustin is mostly know for organizing the 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.

“But if it wasn’t for Bayard Rustin, there wouldn’t be Martin Luther King as we know him,” Milloy said. “It was Bayard Rustin who went and studied non-violent resistance and taught those things to King. And that’s when the civil right movement really took off.”

Milloy, who has been singing in LGBTQ choruses for 30 years, was inspired to write the Rustin piece because he was yet to come across one about an African-American.

“I was wondering: When am I going to sing something about somebody who looks like me?” said Milloy. “So I thought it was time to put something out there about a man who was not just important to the gay, LGBTQ movement, but to the civil rights movement as a whole.”

Music in the piece runs the gamut from 19th-century hymnody to ragtime, pop ballads and anthems, jazz, concertized spirituals, chain gang songs and even rap.

After hearing about the “The Man Behind the Dream,” Bill Loper, artistic director for Harmony of Colorado Chorael, thought it was perfect for his choir.

“The story of Bayard Rustin, such a powerful figure in American history who was really shunned because he was an openly gay man … it’s a story that just needs to be told,” Loper said. “You can go down the street and ask anybody, ‘Do you know who Bayard Rustin was,’ and nine people out of 10 will say no.”

Loper has been doing that while he’s been handing out fliers promoting Harmony’s performance of Milloy’s “Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream.”

Harmony is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight ally chorus that was founded in 1991. The 70-member choir pulls members from the Denver metro area and northern Colorado.

Last May Harmony performed a piece called, “Tyler’s Suite,” about a young man, Tyler Clemente, who died by suicide after being cyber-bullied. The community reaction from those performances is what led Loper to the Bayard Rustin piece.

“What ‘Tyler’s Suite’ really brought for me as artistic director was when we do things that are more mission-based, that have a purpose and that give us a reason to be, the possibilities are limitless,” Loper said. “The Bayard Rustin piece is hands down the best thing we’ve ever done. I am so proud to be a part of it. It’s reaching people, it’s telling a story and it’s informing people.

“And its going to be very entertaining.”

The Harmony Chorale will be joined by Arvada resident and award-winning R&B singer Hazel Miller and her band. Miller will act as a narrator and a soloist in the Colorado performances.

“The music in this is moving, it’s inspirational,” Miller said. “The information given is priceless and I’m very proud to be part of this.”

Miller loves the music so much that she has decided to learn all the music and sing alto with the choir throughout the whole performance.

Mark Boykins, currently the Director of Music at the Peoples Presbyterian Church, will join Miller as a storyteller.

The performance will be rounded out by 55 young voices from the Arvada High School Chorale. This makes the age-range of voices span 70 years.

“I’m flattered and thrilled that he invited us” said John Miller, choir director and teacher at Arvada High School. “Educationally, there’s layers and layers of things they’re going to get from this. To see a program like this with a living composer that can come in and meet with them … that almost never happens. It’s very inspiring.”

The dynamics that Steve Milloy brings to rehearsal are something that Arvada High senior Haley Stimack appreciates.

“I feel a lot of the message when Mr. Milloy is conducted us,” Stimack said. “You can feel how passionate he is about it.”

Milloy said not only is his piece musical and informative, but it’s a message that is needed in society right now.

“This piece is really about nonviolent resistance in a time when we really truly need it,” Milloy said. “People need to stand up and be counted and we also need to come together and to talk. I’m hoping that this piece along with many other things starts spurring that conversation about understanding and a peaceful resolve.”

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Learn about the proposed changes to Town Code related to animals, open house Jan. 31

The Town knows residents care about their animals. So, in order to keep all our residents safe, including the furry ones, Town staff has been reviewing the Town Code related to animals. Through extensive research meetings, community feedback forms and public meetings, the Town is now ready to present recommendations to Town Council. Learn about the proposed changes to the Town Code at an open house.

The Town will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St. Learn about the proposed changes and ask questions.

The Town’s review included animals of all types and broad research. Animal Control Officers, the Municipal Prosecutor, Court Clerk and the Town Attorney’s Office considered data related to dog bite cases in Castle Rock and other municipalities. This data included various scholarly articles related to animal issues and numerous animal-related ordinances from neighboring jurisdictions and around the country. In addition, they reviewed hundreds of community comments.

One topic that generated significant public interest was the Town’s current breed-specific ban. Research showed these bans are difficult to enforce and do not address the actual behavior of a dog. In addition, a majority of public feedback supported lifting the ban to allow for a behavior-specific system. Town staff is recommending replacing the current breed-specific ban with a two-tiered dangerous and potentially dangerous provision.

Here is a full list of the proposed changes:
• Lift the Town’s current breed-specific ban and replace it with a two-tiered dangerous and potentially dangerous provision
• Keep the licensing requirement
• Clearly define service and emotional support animals
• Allow chickens and bees with clear guidelines
• Better define the number and types of animals allowed
• Clearly prohibit wildlife feeding (except birds)
• Incorporate new state and federal laws related to the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act
• Update penalty and enforcement provisions

Additional information – including a summary of the feedback – is online at CRgov.com/animals.

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