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A packed basementat North PresbyterianChurch and a swelter-ing crowd, includingmany of North Denver’smovers and shakersgreeted Denver PublicSchools SuperintendentMichael Bennet on June21. Bennet was there tohear a series of demandsthat centered aroundthe prospect of closingNorth High School.While Bennet refusedto rule out consider-ation of closing North,the matter seemed wholly preemptive. Nocredible source hasargued that North,despite struggling achievement, ahigh-rate of dropouts and decliningenrollment, is likely to face closure,or even the massive re-design thathas shuttered temporarily ManualHigh School. The meeting, hosted by commu-nity group, Padres Unidos (ParentsUnited), decried district support forNorth’s reform plan and demandedimprovements ranging from moreAdvanced Placement course offer-ings to better efforts to preparestudents for college.For his part, Bennet greeted the
Who is to definea leader? It is oftensaid that a leader is aperson who you lookup to, someone whocan make a changein the future, as well as youreveryday life. I now know what atrue leader is and am on my way to becoming one.As a young girl, I was alwaystold that going to college should bea top priority in my life. However,I never dreamed that I would begiven a chance to go to college. Then something happened thatchanged everything. In the fourthgrade I was asked if I would like to join the Porter-Billups LeadershipAcademy at Regis University. ThisAcademy requires a big commit-
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ment-three weeks every summeruntil you go to college. As a childthat young who wants to give upthree weeks out of your summerfor something that was as far away as college?Now that I am a young woman,I have learned that being giventhe opportunity to come to sucha great and outstanding programis one of the best things that hashappened to me. I have learnedso many things, showing me whoa leader actually is and choos-ing right from wrong is only hardif you make it hard. Mr. LonniePorter, the head of the Academy and Regis University’s basketballcoach is a true role model. He isone of the most sincere men I haveever known. Through him, I havelearned that everyone is a leader.It is just a matter of whether or not
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Sidewalk bargains and pirates – July looks to be a great month forshopping along the 32nd Avenuestrip! On the 29th and 30th, 32ndAvenue will host a Sidewalk Sale,and on the 3rd Thursday, the line-up of music, sales, and merriment will take on a Caribbean theme aspirates roam the neighborhood.Come enjoy a cold beverage andshop along the 32nd Avenue side- walk. 32nd Avenue and HighlandSquare are hosting a sidewalk saleall weekend, Saturday, the 29thfrom 10am to 6pm and Sunday, the30th from 11am to 4pm. Everythingon the sidewalk will be markeddown from 40% - 75% off. By enter-ing your name in a drawing, onelucky shopper will win a $100 giftcertificate to one of the fantasticshops in the neighborhood. So, stopby your favorite boutique for a sip,and save on clothing, books, babygifts, retro finds, chocolates, jewelry
Plunder 32ndAve for sidewalksales and pirates
see SKILLS on page 8see PLAN on page 4by Guerin Lee Green
 North High undergoes summer renovations.
The 2003 school bond is fundingseveral rounds of repairs and improvements.
Communityrallies tosupportNorth High
 
by Devon Barclay
Gauntlet Down: The NorthwestDenver Literary Challenge
Can’t take the heat? Denveriteslooking for a diversion from thesummertime blues have a new writing contest to contemplate. The first annual North WestDenver Literary Challenge offers atantalizing excuse to pick up penand paper or send your fingers a-tap-tap-taping on your keyboard. The theme of the contest -- “ADenver Story” – hopes to draw outcompelling stories rooted in thisland, this city, this Denver. Theessay can be about a life lesson,epiphany, or change-of-life, fork-in-the-road moment. Perhaps it isa story of greatest love or brokenheart, or a great love-turned-hor-ror story. Any number of topicscan fill the bill: witty tales of firsthomes or first borns, or growingup or growing young.If you have a great story smol-dering inside you, this might betheperfect opportunity to fire itup. Stories should be nonfictionand limited to 750-1000 words. The writing contest is the brain-child of Jay Solomon, owner of  Jay’s Patio Café and Eat Streetlocated inside the Children’s
see CONTEST on page 10
Downzoinig Town Hall Meeting: Preserving Neighborhoods or Protecting Property Rights —Conflict or Compromise
Common Grounds Coffeehouse32nd & LowellTuesday,July 26th6:30 pm
see PROSPECT on page 4
 
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Letters to the editor must be signed. We reserve the right to edit let-ters and other contributions for space. Publisher assumes no respon-sibility for return of unsolicited manuscripts or art. We attempt toverify all matters of fact but hold contributors liable for the content,accuracy and fairness of such contributions.The North Denver News is an independent newspaper of general cir-culation in North Denver.For advertising information, call 303.458.7541. Discounted rates fornew advertisers and special volume rates.
 
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 The folks from the blue ovalstopped by this week to tout theirnew hybrid SUV. Ford bigwigs were in town to talk to MayorHickenlooper and pitch the FordEscape Hybrid as a vehicle for taxifleets. The Escape, like most currenthybrids, marries a conventionalengine to an electric motor thatis charged through regenerativebraking – in other words, whileslowing down,braking effortcharges a bat-tery.In prac-tice, with theEscape, theprocess ishardly notice-able. TheEscape hasgot more thansufficient pick-up – it mergedonto I-70 inmoderately heavy traf-fic with plen-ty of alacrity – and it’s smooth. The transmission is not sharp,and engine revs seem somewhatdecoupled from road speed, but if  you aren’t used to a sharp sportscar with a manual transmission, you may never notice.You also won’t notice the extra weight of the battery and electricmotor in handling. The Escape, while no road-going scalpel, han-dles well enough, and the suspen-sion belies its price point.On the whole, we were happy the folks from Detroit dropped by to say hi. The Escape, especially  with the tax credits for hybridvehicles, would make a great mid-size SUV for Colorado drivers,particularly those spending a lotof time in the city. Like its regen-erative hybrid cohorts, the Escapegets better mileage in stop and gocity driving than in highway cruis-ing. If you avoid getting on the gasin stop and go traffic, you can useclose to no gasat all! The Fordfolks says thatthe extended warranty on thebattery takesalmost all the worry out of embracing thisleading edgetransportationtechnology.Ford deserveskudos for tak-ing a greenerroad amongAmerican automakers.
More facts: The Escape Hybrid isexpected to be the world’s cleanest,most fuel-efficient SUV, able to travelbetween 35 and 40 miles — more thana 75 percent improvement over theconventional Escape — in stop-and-go city driving. The Escape Hybrid will provide a 50% metro-highwaycombined fuel economy improvementover a conventional Escape. On thehighway, Escape Hybrid gets 30 mpgand its 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engineand electric traction motor can teamup to produce acceleration perfor-mance similar to the V-6 Escape.
Can an emphasis on energyconservation have a major eco-nomic impact and bring more jobs to the region? The MetroDenver Economic DevelopmentCorporation argues affirmatively,in a new report that area busi-nesses can create more jobs andincrease their bottom lines with just such an approach. The Metro Denver EconomicDevelopment Corporation (MetroDenver EDC) has completed areport that suggests investmentsand low-cost efforts that MetroDenver businesses can make toconserve energy and boost theirbottom lines. Prepared for MetroDenver EDC by the Colorado EnergyScience Center, “Energy Efficiency:Bottom Line Opportunities forMetro Denver Companies” offersconcrete evidence of cost-savingefficiency upgrades and return-on-investment. The Metro Denver EDC, along with the Economist magazine,hosted a recent forum on the grow-ing cost and tight supply of energy. The panel discussion, “Can theWorld End Its Addiction to Oil?,”included Vijay Vaitheeswaran,Economist energy correspon-dent, NREL Director Dan Arvizu,Western Gas president PeterDea, and Aspen Skiing’s AudenSchendler. Though the discussionseemed to underplay the climatethreat, potential scarcity of oil andthe geopolitical security risks thatmark many conversations aboutenergy, the coming changes in the way Americans get and consumeenergy were broadly accepted.“Instead of imposing regula-tory solutions to our energy chal-lenges, this report shows solid,market-based evidence that MetroDenver businesses can save moneyand add predictability by invest-ing in energy-efficient upgrades,”said Tom Clark, Executive VicePresident of Metro Denver EDC.“This study is a crucial aspect of our ongoing strategy to marketMetro Denver as the ‘BalancedEnergy Capital of the West.’” The Metro Denver EDC seeks toposition Denver within a triad of energy — home to a large naturalgas production region, locus of renewable and alternative energydevelopment, and a place where aregion-wide focus on conservationcan improve the economy. The report focuses mainly onthe commercial business sector, which is where Metro Denver EDCfound that its analysis and even-tual results could have the great-est impact on the overall areaeconomy. The report argues thatevidence shows how office andretail-based businesses can investin energy-saving strategies fortangible payback. For example,replacing lighting fixtures withhigh-efficiency ballasts and bulbscan drop costs 20 to 45 per-cent, according to the analysis. The report also outlines federaltax credits and rebates from XcelEnergy that businesses and build-ing owners can use to their advan-tage. Finally, the analysis alsosuggests a voluntary efficiency ini-tiative that aims to drive demandfor efficient buildings and energysavings in the future.“This analysis supports the ideathat conservation, fossil fuels andrenewable energy resources rep-resent each leg of a ‘three leggedstool’ of energy components, andeach element is equally important,”said Peter Dea, Chair of the MetroDenver EDC’s Energy Committeeand Western Gas Resources presi-dent & CEO. “Applying the piecesof this initiative is more than asmart investment; it’s a sustain-able and responsible choice thatcan help Metro Denver’s economygrow and profit.”One case study outlinedupgrades at Denver Place’s Northand South Towers, where a $1.35million energy retrofit was imple-mented in 1996. Upgrades includ-ed gas-fired boilers, switching toelectronic – rather than magnetic – fluorescent bulbs, adjusting cool-ing systems, and more. Currently,the building saves $300,000 annu-ally on energy costs, representinga 20 percent return on investmentand enabling energy savings tohelp pay for the investment inabout three years.In addition to some of the morecapital-intensive upgrades, thereport outlines ways any busi-ness can reduce energy costs withlittle or no investment: turningoff office lights and equipment at
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North Denver News Staff:
Guerin Lee Green, Publisher and EditorLaura Douglas, Managing EditorDevon Barclay, Associate Publisher Eliza Gibbons, Copy EditorNaomi Hartman, Executive AssistantCyndeth Allison, Fran Schroeder, Betsy Martinson,Dixie Darr, Rebecca Simmons, June Hicks, Corinne Hunt, BethLaVigne, Eliza Gibbons, Beverly Newton, Tanya Carwyn, RachelPollack, Kathryn Delaney, Renee Fajardo, Devon Barclay, LaureneLafontaine, Cynthia Badger, Melanie Beaton, Maureen Schmidt,Theresa Southerland, Adam DeGraff, Elizabeth Wheeler, Rossy Kay... plus our other writers and contributorsfrom all over North Denver
Energy efficiency can helpDenver's bottom line
 
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