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Scripting a night of fun with ScreenPLAY

There are some movie characters that just stick with you. Maybe they go through something you can relate to throughout the course of the film, or have a line that seems to apply directly to your life.

Which makes it a rare treat when a local actor gets to take a crack at a defining character. And that’s what ScreenPLAY, created by Adrian Sorge, has been bringing to the metro area for the past three years.

“We provide the opportunity for actors to play iconic characters, some that they’ve loved for years,” Sorge explained. “Not only are the evenings a chance to have some fun, but they’re a great way to build our artistic community.”

Started out of a desire to create more opportunities for women actors, directors and organizers, ScreenPLAY productions take famous movie scripts and gender-flip them for live, one-night only, readings. All the proceeds from these readings go to creative nonprofits.

At 8 p.m. on Monday, March 19, ScreenPLAY will host a live reading of the cult favorite, “Empire Records.” The reading will benefit Lakewood’s newest theater company, Benchmark Theatre, 1560 Teller St., with a $10 suggested donation at the door.

“This presentation is exciting, because we’re using Benchmark’s players in all the roles for the reading,” Sorge said. “These events are a lot of fun when audiences get into it, and with a movie as quotable as ‘Empire Records,’ it should be a lot of fun.”

The interactive evening promises to be loads of fun for movie lovers, theater lovers, and music fans alike.

“What better way is there to support local actors and have an evening of fun and silliness?” Sorge said. “It’s like seeing your favorite movie live.”

For more information, visit

What if U-God was one of us?

As most of us have known since 1993, “the Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nuthing ta f’ wit.” And one of the key voices in the clan, Lamont “U-God” Hawkins, will be giving bibliophiles and audiophiles a chance to see him do his thing.

First, at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 16, U-God will be signing his first book, “Raw” at the Tattered Cover’s East Colfax location, 2526 E. Colfax Ave. in Denver. Just a couple hours later, at 9:30 p.m. at Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave., he will be performing as part of his Raw Venom Tour.

U-God’s first-person account of his journey, from the streets of Brooklyn to some of the biggest stages around the world, is a fascinating and inspiring one. Readers will learn how Hawkins was raised in New York City, and came to meet and join the founders of the Wu-Tang — RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, ODB, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, and Masta Killa.

Rap fans shouldn’t miss this rare opportunity to meet a living legend.

For more information on the book signing, visit And for tickets to his concert, go to

The British (songs) are coming back

Formed in 1982 with “a commitment to build a diverse community and foster acceptance through music,” the 140-member Denver Gay Men’s Chorus has been wowing crowds for 35 years.

This week, the group will be restaging the music of the British Invasion — including bands like The Beatles, The Animals, The Kinks and more.

The Denver Gay Men’s Chorus will be performing at 7:30 on Friday, March 16, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street in Denver.

In 2017, Gov. John Hickenlooper declared June 15 through 17, 2017, as Denver Gay Men’s Chorus 35th Anniversary days, commending the chorus for being “a respected leader in the arts community that significantly enriches the cultural life of the city while serving as a messenger of social justice and change.”

For tickets, visit and search for the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus.

Clarke’s Concert of the Week — The Menzingers at Summit Music Hall

It’s hard to imagine a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with some beer-sloshingly great rock music.

To get some of that great bar rock that’ll have you shouting along and jumping into friends and strangers alike, The Menzingers at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. in Denver, is the best way to go.

The Philadelphia-based Menzingers has been making music for 10 years, when they first got together in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Last year’s album, “After the Party,” was one of the best rock albums of the year, and explored the challenges and joys of leaving one’s 20s behind with a keen eye for storytelling.

The show will also feature Brendan Kelly, Bud Bronson and The Good Timers.

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An ‘Odyssey’ for the new season

The March Equinox (also known as the first day of spring) is traditionally a moment for ancient cultures to celebrate the beginning of a new season with one of the oldest forms of expression — oral storytelling.

The Human, Kind Theater Project will be keeping the tradition alive with its “Odyssey” production, hosted at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at the Forum Theater at Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St. in Centennial.

The show is a collection of stories from some of Denver’s best artists, providing a peek into the lives of others — all the happiness, sadness, comedy and tragedy that make life worth living. The show features Amelia Watkins, Davis Moline, Jane Hillson Aiello, Rav’n Moon, Robert Ham, and Sebastian Wolfe.

For tickets and more information, visit

Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he can be reached

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Editorial: Even in Colorado, we could all use more sunshine

Local governments, law enforcement agencies, school districts and other taxpayer-funded entities are sharing more information than ever with the public, thanks to the internet.

Want information on a road closure? Try Twitter.

Want to know what upcoming events are planned at your child’s school? The school’s website is your ticket.

No doubt, that information is helpful. But make no mistake, what you find on the web is not an all-access pass.

Want to know the name of the finalists for school district superintendent? Well …

Or the name of the person arrested as the suspect in a local crime? Um …

It’s complicated.

Often, that information is made public, depending on the agency. Sometimes, it’s not — or at least not right away.

Colorado’s open-records law generally stipulates that information held by a public agency is available to the public. But there are exceptions to the law, as well as different interpretations of the law that can lead to gray areas.

While most agencies and entities follow both the letter and the spirit of the state’s open-records laws, there is room for improvement. With this being Sunshine Week — the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information that runs March 11-17 — we have put together a short wish list of what we would like to see in the Denver metro area.

• State law allows law enforcement agencies to withhold information that could jeopardize the public safety amid an ongoing investigation. That’s sound policy, in theory. But too often, “ongoing investigation” is used as a mantra, a way to keep from releasing anything but the smallest nuggets of information. We’re asking law enforcement to use this shield less frequently, only when public safety is truly at risk. Wouldn’t the public be better served to know more, not less?

• We would like all government entities to release a list of finalists for top positions. The Colorado Open Records Act mandates this for what it calls “executive” positions, such as city manager or school district superintendent. Last year, one of the state’s largest school districts skirted this rule by announcing a lone finalist for superintendent. At the very least, we feel that violated the spirit of the law. Members of the public deserve to know who is in consideration for positions paid for by their tax money.

• We’re calling for a greater diversity of voices from government entities. That means granting the media and members of the public easier and more access to leaders. In at least one of the towns we cover, the mayor has been anointed the sole spokesperson for the entire council. And we know of several government bodies that demand all requests for interviews with staff go through the official communications director, a needless step that can slow the reporting process. We believe the public would be better served to hear from a variety of voices, rather than a controlled, group message. Why not make it easier to achieve that?

• We would like to see more citizen involvement. Help us in our roles as watchdogs by asking questions of your elected leaders and by telling us when your voice is not being heard. The open-records law and the Sunshine Law, which regulates open meetings, are there for everyone. The Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition — a Denver-based nonpartisan group that promotes freedom of the press and open access to public records for all — is a great resource to learn more, including how to file an open-records request. Find out more at

Sunshine Week arrived with a five-word slogan, one that we try to keep in mind year round.

“It’s your right to know.”

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Woman helps youths get grasp of life skills

Kids these days might be able to tackle calculus in school or score points on the field, but do they know how to write a check, change a tire or put together a resume?

Shannon Claton of Castle Rock says not enough of today’s young people feel confident in their skills outside the classroom.

Claton used to work in the food and beverage industry. When training employees in their late teens or early 20s, she says she began to see a pattern. Meetings might start with job training but often segued into other topics, such as how to rent an apartment, buy a car or get insurance.

“They didn’t know how,” Claton said about many of her younger employees. “That got me thinking, wait a minute, where’s the disconnect here? How do we fill this gap?”

So, Claton decided to try and build the bridge herself. She still works her full-time job as an office manager at a dental office, but on the weekends, she is now teaching life skills classes for teens and young adults who want to learn beyond what their traditional education offered.

Learnlife is an eight-week course of two-hour classes covering a slew of topics — from job interview dos and don’ts to personal finances to basic home maintenance. For now, the classes are free but capped at 10 students. Eventually, she hopes to teach the classes full-time and with her own facility. Until then she is running her program from her home.

On Feb. 24, Claton led a group of teenagers seated around her dining room table through their introduction to her course.

She explained what they could expect to learn but also asked the students what they wanted to cover. One by one they named topics such as social media etiquette, changing a tire, filing taxes, budgeting, understanding credit scores and improving interpersonal skills.

The skills are similar to what students could learn at school through a family and consumer sciences course, formerly called home economics. Family and consumer sciences covers topics including personal and family finance, food science, nutrition and consumer issues.

According to the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, the courses are still offered at schools in all 50 states, but often as an elective, and not without program setbacks.

The association reports a 2014 study conducted at Pittsburg (Kansas) State University found 50 percent of states say a shortage of highly qualified family and consumer sciences teachers is a concern. In addition to the teacher shortage, the study also found student enrollment in secondary family and consumer sciences had declined 38 percent in the last 10 years.

“They’re taught in school math, science, English, and that’s great,” Claton said. “There’s just a missing element.”

Listening in on Claton’s Feb. 24 class was her longtime friend, Leslie Soell, who enrolled her daughter Grace, 17, a senior at Conifer High School, in Claton’s course. Grace will be attending college at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix after she graduates. Soell said she first saw Learnlife as an opportunity for her daughter to learn about avoiding debt and budgeting before entering college.

“I thought it sounded perfect for Grace,” she said. “I think she’s going to benefit from everything that was mentioned.”

Claton said for young people preparing for college, or those just entering adulthood, knowing how to navigate life can be intimidating, particularly when they don’t feel confident in their skills needed outside of school.

She hopes to help change that. More information about Claton’s program and enrollment is available on her website,

“My goal,” Claton said, “is that the kids become successfully independent.”

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School project stresses importance of ‘go bags’

Castle Rock Fire and Rescue personnel are well-versed in emergency preparedness, but on March 8 several members of the department including Fire Chief Art Morales gathered in a room at the agency’s headquarters to take survival tips from a local 12-year-old.

Zander Eaton, a sixth-grade student at South Ridge Elementary School in Castle Rock, an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school, had already presented his IB project researching how to prepare go bags to the approximate 500 students at his school. This time he’d brought his presentation to the fire department to share his project with the professionals.

“I’ve always been really into survival,” Eaton told his audience of firefighters when explaining why he picked this as his school project.

A go bag, or an emergency preparedness kit, is filled with supplies people would need should they be forced to evacuate their homes or become stranded without access to resources. Natural disasters such as tornados, wildfires and earthquakes are but a few examples of emergency situations where people would need a go bag.

The recommendation is to pack bags with enough supplies to support each member of the family or household for at least 72 hours and to keep the bags near the home’s front door or in the car.

Key items include nonperishable food and clean water, but the kits should also come with other basics, such as flashlights, first aid kits, batteries and radios. Complete checklists for packing bags are available on sites such as or

Eaton arrived at the fire station with a bright orange, pre-packed go bag he and his father found at Walmart, but he added additional supplies he thought would round out the kit like a collapsible water bowl for pets and antiseptic mouthwash.

His kit could support three people for three days, he said, and cost $101 to put together. Premade bags are available at stores for less, Eaton’s father, Jeremy, explained. When an audience member asked when people should prepare a go bag, Chief Morales answered.

“Today,” Morales said.

Eaton agreed — go bags can save a life, he said, and being prepared before an emergency occurs is important.

Assistant Chief Craig Rollins said the department hopes project’s like Eaton’s can help spread word through the community that emergency kits are a crucial household item.

“He can go out and be a voice to the community,” Rollins said. “Everything he added is a valuable tool.”

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Jaguars’ season ends in semifinals

Rock Canyon coach Kent Grams talked to his boys basketball team after the Jaguars’ 47-41 overtime semifinal loss to George Washington in the Class 5A state playoffs on March 9 at the Denver Coliseum.

Grams, however, doesn’t believe his comments had much of an immediate impact.

“It was a heck of a season,” said Grams. “I told our guys it hurts now and I can’t do anything about it. My words were just words to them.

“It won’t mean anything to them until later, but I couldn’t be more proud of them. You see our fans and what the basketball team has built.”

Rock Canyon ended the season with a 24-3 record after a close semifinal loss for the second straight season.

Last year Eaglecrest’s Josh Walton missed the first of two free throws with 0.8 seconds to play but swished the second to give the Raptors a 61-60 overtime victory.

It was almost the same situation when George Washington’s Devon Jones couldn’t connect on the first of two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining in regulation with Rock Canyon holding a 36-35 lead.

Jones made the second free throw to send the game into overtime and the Patriots went 9-for-10 at the free throw line in the extra session to pull out the victory. George Washington was 16-of-24 from the free throw line compared to 6-of-9 for the Jaguars.

“There was a big discrepancy there,” said Grams. “They did a good job of sitting back in our zone and we couldn’t attack the rim. They had a rim protector and they did a good job of making us take poor shots.”

Neither team shot well. George Washington shot 31.8 percent from the floor for the game and made just two field goals in the final 12 minutes of the game. The winners were 14-of-18 at the foul line during the fourth quarter and overtime.

Rock Canyon shot 33.3 percent and had seven shots blocked.

“We had a hard time of getting Sam Masten going and Tyson (Gilbert),” added Grams. “In the second half I knew our guy were going to compete.”

Masten, the 6-foot-3 senior who was one of the state’s top 5A scorers with a 22.5 average, finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Gilbert, a 6-2 senior who missed part of the third quarter after undergoing concussion protocol, led Rock Canyon with 17 points and had six rebounds.

“It was weird ,” Grams said. “Tyson was getting evaluated for a concussion at halftime. But it happened so late we really didn’t know what was going on. And then he didn’t show up at the start of the third quarter. Sam asked me, ‘Where’s Tyson?’ I said, ‘I have no idea.’ But he came back and was OK.”

Gilbert scored Rock Canyon’s last six points in the fourth quarter and two in overtime.

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Capitol report: Supervised-injection proposal stopped in Senate; DA asked to examine harassment claims

A party-line 3-2 vote in a state Senate committee, with Republicans in the majority, stopped a proposal to allow one Colorado area to create a supervised-injection facility — where people with substance-use disorders can safely inject drugs — on Feb. 14.

Previously, the proposal was to allow Denver specifically to create the facility. No other place in the United States has such a site, according to the Colorado Legislative Council staff, but there are around 100 of them in 66 cities among nine countries, according to committee member state Sen. Cheri Jahn, independent from Wheat Ridge. San Francisco and Philadelphia this year have moved closer to establishing such facilities.

Health professionals would have overseen the facility, making sure to reverse overdoses if they happen, said state Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, in November. They’d also have been able to refer people to resources to address their substance-use disorders.

But Republicans were skeptical of the bill, which was part of a package of six proposals aimed at addressing the opioid crisis that were up for consideration this session.

Another of the bills, SB 18-022, aims to limit the amount of opioid medication a health-care practitioner can prescribe. The Senate on a bipartisan vote passed that bill, authored by Republican state Sen. Jack Tate of Centennial, on Feb. 22, according to a news release. It then proceeded to the House.

For initial prescriptions for situations like getting a tooth pulled, a surgery or other short-term issues, prescriptions would be limited to a seven-day supply for the first prescription for a person who has not been prescribed opioids in the last 12 months, the release said. Individuals with chronic or long-term conditions would be among the exceptions.

The bill would require practitioners to access the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, or PDMP, before prescribing the first refill prescription for an opioid, except under some cases. The PDMP collects information submitted by pharmacies about prescribing and dispensing medications, and about patients.

Denver DA balks at request

In a twist the Legislature’s process gave no sign of foreshadowing, state Senate President Kevin Grantham urged Denver District Attorney Beth McCann on March 1 to open investigations into recent sexual-harassment claims against lawmakers.

The DA’s office responded on March 2 that it does not have jurisdiction to “investigate or enforce civil matters or workplace policies.” McCann said the office is not initiating an investigation based on Grantham’s letter.

Criminal sexual misconduct should be criminally investigated “apart from the separate authority” of the Legislature to investigate claims of misconduct on its own, the DA’s letter said.

Grantham, R-Cañon City, responded March 6 in a letter citing laws and court cases he said enable the DA to open investigations without victims requesting them through police. McCann responded in yet another letter March 8 reiterating her earlier points that her office would investigate claims if accusers go through the standard police process and that the Legislature has its own authority to dole out discipline.

State Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, argued in a statement that Republicans are dismissing the Legislature’s independent investigations as invalid for political gain.

Former state Rep. Steve Lebsock of Thornton was expelled March 2 by the House in the first expulsion of a House member since 1915. Sens. Jack Tate, Randy Baumgardner and Larry Crowder have all faced accusations in recent months.

Concealed-carry conversation abounds

After the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a push to allow concealed carrying of firearms in Colorado schools was stopped in the House in committee on a 6-3 party-line vote Feb. 21 with Democrats in the majority.

But a bill that would allow law-abiding people the right of concealed carry without a permit — but not on school grounds — is still alive. Senate Bill 18-097, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Tim Neville of Jefferson County, was introduced Jan. 22 and passed the GOP-majority Senate on a party-line 18-17 vote on March 8. It now moves to the Democrat-controlled House.

“The idea behind constitutional carry is that you should be able to carry a concealed handgun without applying for government permission,” Neville said, according to a news release.

Keeping health-care costs honest

A bill to increase price transparency for free-standing emergency departments — which patients often confuse with urgent-care facilities only to be charged emergency-room fees that can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars more — passed the Senate March 5.

SB 18-146 requires FSEDs — which are sometimes operated by hospitals at separate, off-campus locations or run independently of a hospital system — to provide individuals with information on cost of treatment, the individual’s right to reject treatment and the ability to ask questions about options and costs.

The proposal would require that information to be explained by a staff member or health-care provider orally and would include that the facility is an emergency-medical facility, that it’s not an urgent-care center or primary-care provider if it doesn’t include an urgent-care clinic at its location and that it will treat a person regardless of their ability to pay.

The bill also requires locations that don’t have urgent-care centers to post a sign that says, “This is an emergency medical facility that treats emergency medical conditions.”

After determining that a patient does not have an emergency-medical condition or after treatment has been provided to stabilize such a condition, the facility must provide information on whether it accepts programs like Medicaid, what health-insurance provider networks and carriers the facility participates with and the price information for the 25 most common services it offers.

The bill proceeded to the House.

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Valor comes up short in championship hockey game

Luke Wheeler looked anxious on the Valor Christian bench during the Eagles’ state championship hockey game against Regis Jesuit on March 6 at the Pepsi Center.

Wheeler was wearing his helmet but he also had donned a suit and tie, and his arm was in a sling. The state’s leading scorer suffered a dislocated shoulder in the closing minutes of the Eagles’ 4-0 semifinal victory over Monarch.

He was forced to watch from behind the players’ bench as undefeated Regis blanked the Eagles, 2-0, in the state championship game played in front of a crowd of 3,561.

“Having the state’s leading scorer out of our lineup was obviously a challenge that we failed to overcome,” said Valor coach George Gwozdecky.

Wheeler, the senior team captain who resides in Golden, looked a little like a young coach standing behind the players in the Valor bench area during the game and he definitely sounded like a coach after the contest.

“There is always disappointment, but we had the best year our program’s ever had and we are proud of where we went,” said Wheeler, who had 30 goals and 26 assists for 56 points in the season. “It wasn’t our worst game but it wasn’t our best game. There were things we could have done better but so could have Regis. There were just a couple mistakes they capitalized on.

“We are not done. We are going to nationals and hoping we can do pretty good there. I’m not 100 percent sure if I will be able to play. I’ve heard all kinds of stuff from two weeks to eight weeks and everything in between.”

Valor finished the season with a 20-3-0 record and the state runner-up trophy.

“Although the outcome was disappointing, it was a great experience for our team, the Valor hockey program and high school hockey,” said Gwozdecky. “I am assuming the announced attendance was an all-time high for a state championship game, which is more evidence that high school hockey continues to grow.

“We will take a week off to heal bruises, decompress and then begin preparing for the USA Hockey High School National Championships.”

Valor earned the invitation to play in the national championships that will be held March 22-26 in Minneapolis by topping Regis, 6-5, in the Colorado Prep Hockey League championship game last fall.

In the CHSAA title game, Valor’s special teams didn’t fare well and the Regis defense limited the Eagles to a season-low 11 shots on goal. Regis finished with 16 shots on goal.

The Eagles were awarded the first power play of the game in the first period, but Connor Kilkenny of Regis scored on a shorthanded breakaway at 12:16 before Valor had a chance to set up its power play. Then at 6:20 of the second period, Kale Lone gave Regis a 2-0 lead with a power play goal.

Regis ended the season at 23-0-0 and the school’s fifth state championship. Valor has gone 46-16-2 in the past three seasons under Gwozdecky, the former University of Denver coach.

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Colorado lawmakers take opposition to sanctuary cities to White House

Four Colorado Republican lawmakers on March 8 brought their ideas to the White House on punishing so-called sanctuary cities, hoping to build on the Trump administration’s lawsuit challenging California laws it says protect immigrants in the country illegally.

State Rep. Dave Williams, R-Colorado Springs, said he was going to suggest holding individual cities and their policymakers personally liable during a meeting with the White House Domestic Policy Council. Williams says he hopes U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions follows up on the California lawsuit this week with similar legal actions against municipalities.

“These sanctuary communities and politicians are willfully endangering the public,” Williams said ahead of the meeting. “Cities like Denver and states like California are allowing criminal aliens to run loose, to kill, murder, maim or hurt our fellow Americans.”

He said he also would call for more immigration agents in Colorado. It was not clear if lawmakers from other states were attending the White House meeting.

Williams was joined in Washington by Reps. Kevin Van Winkle, of Highlands Ranch; Steve Humphrey, of Weld County; and Tim Leonard, of Evergreen.

The Democratic mayor of Denver has limited cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Police policy is to notify ICE when immigrants in city jails are to be released, but they refuse to grant access to jail cells. Mayor Michael Hancock and other officials have criticized the presence of ICE agents in courthouses and raids near public schools.

The Trump administration last year threatened to withhold federal funding for police programs in Denver and other sanctuary cities. A federal judge permanently blocked the effort after a lawsuit.

But that didn’t stop President Donald Trump from calling for Congress to pass legislation that would strip funding from localities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

“They want the money, they should give up on the sanctuary cites. It harbors horrible criminals,” he said March 8 at a White House Cabinet meeting.

Trump also lambasted Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for recently warning the public about an unannounced raid by federal immigration officers. Sessions said in a speech in California on March 7 that Schaaf’s action allowed hundreds of “wanted criminals” to avoid arrest.

“What the mayor of Oakland did the other day was a disgrace,” Trump said. “And it’s certainly something that we’re looking at with respect to her individually.”

Williams, the Colorado lawmaker who is of Hispanic heritage, has introduced state legislation to make city and law enforcement officials liable for crimes committed by immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

The measure would allow the victims of such crimes to seek damages from “officials of the jurisdiction who were responsible for creating the policy to operate as a sanctuary jurisdiction.” Officials could face up to $700,000 in civil damages.

Democrats and others challenge the legality of Williams’ proposal — much like California Gov. Jerry Brown, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others nationwide did in reaction to the Sessions’ lawsuit.

Brown says the state is on firm legal ground with laws that limit police and employers’ cooperation with federal immigration agents and require state inspections of federal detention facilities.

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Annual road maintenance begins in April. Open house set for March 27

Preventative roadwork keeps our streets safe and extends the life of our infrastructure. This year, more than 95 lane miles of pavement in Founders Village and Castlewood Ranch will be maintained through the Town’s Pavement Maintenance Program. Some work is expected to start in early April.

In all, the Town will invest $11 million in street maintenance this year. The funding is primarily from the Town’s Transportation Fund, which includes revenues from sales tax, motor vehicle tax and building use tax.

The Council-approved Pavement Maintenance Program concentrates residential road maintenance to one of five defined residential areas each year on a rotating basis. Additionally, primary and Downtown streets receive repairs as needed. The goal is to increase efficiency, reduce costs and minimize disruption to neighborhoods.

This year, the residential focus is on the east area of Town, which includes Founders Village and Castlewood Ranch. Council approved the work contracts Tuesday.

Work planned for Founders Village, Castlewood Ranch
Roadwork will include slurry seal and crack seal, concrete restoration, and overlays. The pavement on Lantern Trail and Wagonwheel Trail be reconstructed this year. Turnstone Avenue and Tabor Drive will also get major work.

An open house for residents in this area will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at The Ridge House, 4501 Enderud Blvd.

Each year, main roads are also addressed. Work is scheduled along Prairie Hawk Drive, Plum Creek Boulevard, Woodlands Boulevard, and along Wilcox Street. Crews will also work along Meadows Boulevard after the reconstruction of Meadows Parkway is completed. (Learn about that project at  

Resident communication
Work is expected to start in early April and wrap up by August. Of course, weather in Colorado is a factor, and schedules could change. Residents and businesses directly impacted by the work will receive mailings detailing the projects, as well as notices on their doors shortly before the work begins.

Next year, the Town plans to concentrate residential roadwork in the western region of Town, which includes portions of The Meadows and Red Hawk.

Find out when your area is due for maintenance, learn more about the program and sign up for email updates at

Questions? Contact Public Works, 303-814-6414 or

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Arenado aims to keep relentless schedule for Rockies

Nolan Arenado chuckled at the idea of ever taking the field every day for the Colorado Rockies and playing all 162 games.

In theory, it’s possible. The reality of being the third baseman for the Rockies is something else.

“I played 160 one year. That was way too hard in Denver,” he said.

Still, Arenado is bucking a trend while developing into one of the premier players in the National League. Rather than making sure he’s getting days of rest built into his schedule, Arenado almost refuses to step out of the lineup. Arenado has played at least 157 games in each of the past three seasons. Only two position players league-wide — Eric Hosmer and Joey Votto — have played more games than the 476 total regular-season games for Arenado during those three seasons.

It’s a point of pride for the Rockies’ young star, who turns 27 next month and finished fourth in the MVP voting last season. And he’s doing it playing half the season at elevation, where it’s more difficult for the body to fully recover.

“You look around the league, you shouldn’t have guys leading the league in at-bats or games played who play in Denver. It shouldn’t happen,” Colorado outfielder Charlie Blackmon said.

It’s hard to be better than Arenado was in 2017. He had a career-best .309 batting average. He reached the 130 RBIs plateau for the third straight season and clubbed another 37 home runs. His OPS was also a career-best .959. If anything, what Arenado accomplished in 2017 validated his previous two seasons when he burst on the scene with back-to-back 40 home run seasons for the Rockies.

Over the past three seasons, Arenado is hitting a combined .297 with 120 home runs and 393 RBIs.

During this three-year run, Arenado has figured out how to keep himself in the lineup. He learned from watching former teammates Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, the latter of whom he said recently he would like to see back in Colorado this season, and how they prepped for the season. Arenado figured out sitting in the ice bath wouldn’t be enough and added additional recovery methods — massage, acupuncture — to his routine.

“I’m a big believer that if you’re on the field long enough the numbers will be there in the end,” Arenado said. “I just try and focus on taking care of myself and being ready to go every day. I never like days off. I have a guilty conscience, to be honest with you. I feel guilty when I take days and stuff like that. I never want to. When I take a day I feel guilty I’m letting someone down and I don’t want to be doing that.”

While Arenado may feel guilty about sitting a day, Colorado manager Bud Black said the fatigue is something his staff watches closely.

“He’s proven the durability and he’s sort of built to play,” Black said. “Some players are truly built to play and wired mentally to handle that. He’s one of those players. Do we keep an eye on all our guys? Absolutely, especially where we play. But he’s shown that ability to stay fresh, to stay in a good spot physically and mentally to play every day so I think the continued usage will probably be very similar to what it’s been.”

One of the ways Arenado stays fresh is his affinity for Wiffle ball. Arenado plays it regularly with his family in Southern California during the offseason. He’s even special-ordered bats from the manufacturer that he uses for the family games.

Arenado joked that maybe in his next contract — he’s due to be a free agent after the 2019 season — he may put in a request for a Wiffle ball field at his house.

“You go back to your childhood a little bit. When we were kids that’s what we did. We still love it now to this day,” Arenado said. “It brings you back to home. That’s what we do when we’re home. It’s a routine we’ve always had. We play Wiffle ball with our boys. That’s what we do.”

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