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Volume 8 Issue 2  February 15, 2008
Cherry Creek candidate for RTD
brings experience to the table
by Devon Barclay
A fixture in Cherry Creek business Association. James, who until recent-
circles, Bill James, has tossed his hat ly chaired Transportation Solutions,
in the ring to run for the RTD board which runs the B-Line circulator bus
seat being vacated by term-limited Bill and has been involved with projects
as diverse as the Cherry Creek
Bike Rack.
As parking and traffic con-
gestion are significant issues in
Cherry Creek and, in particular,
the Colorado Boulevard cor-
ridor, James’ hands on expe-
rience makes him a natural
for the RTD board. “Perhaps
Congressman Mark Udall is traveling Colorado, meeting with voters my most important qualifica-
in a quest for ideas as much as votes and dollars. tion is my involvement with
Transportation Solutions.
Udall brings Senate race to Transportation Solutions works
to foster a balanced transporta-
Denver town hall meeting tion system in the area where
people can use a variety of
Mark Udall says he expects this term in Congress, brought his Idea modes to get around. I have
year’s Senate race to be one of the Raiser tour, part town hall meet- been a member of the Board
top two in the country, as he and ing, part focus group, to Denver last of Directors of Transportation
Republican Bob Schaffer both pur- weekend. The tour, meant to put Solutions since its formation
sue the Senate seat being left open ideas on the same playing field as and I was elected chair of the
by Wayne Allard. Neither man faces campaign contributions and fund- board in 2004 and 2005.”
significant opposition within their raisers, brought about two hundred James is well-known for
own parties. folks to Denver’s North High School. his work on evaluating ‘tran-
A former director of Colorado’s The discussion touched on the Iraq sit-oriented developments,’
Outward Bound school, Udall has war, the economy and health care, Elfenbein. projects and re-developments that are
always seemed cut from a different and predictably, on more impas- James, a commercial real estate based around transit hubs like light-rail
cloth than most politicians, more sioned cries to impeach Dick Cheney appraiser, and an organizer of the stops.
comfortable in Gore-Tex than wor- or George Bush. For his part, Udall Cherry Creek Forum, is a rarity among For RTD, coordinating with local
sted wool. A member of the West’s said he was focused on the future candidates for the RTD board. James governments, like the City of Denver, is
only political royalty, the Udall and the problems facing Colorado actually has first-hand experience key to light-rail success. Without park-
family, which has three members families. in solving transportation issues as ing, and tie-ins like pedestrian access,
of Congress, from Colorado, New In an interview afterwards, Udall one of the those who put together light-rail doesn’t have the ease of use to
Mexico and Arizona, and a former said as he tours Colorado, people Transportation Solutions, an inno- attract high ridership numbers, which
Secretary of the Interior to its credit, are looking for new leadership, one vative Transportation Management
Udall is more everyman than politi- “beyond party, beyond regional see RTD on page 12
cal prince. (identity)” that would lead to change.
Udall, who is serving his fifth “People are hungry for a new kind of

Speaking about the coming cam-

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paign and the issues to define it,

Cherry Creek
Udall said “the outlines are clear-
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Iraq, the economy, immigration.”

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immigrants must “travel the path to

Central Denver
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in the U.S. illegally), speak English,


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must address... the health care sys-

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tem where families are one illness

away from bankruptcy.”
Udall, a westerner, said that
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opacity page 12 role in the Senate race: water, trans-
portation and creating more transit

options. He also emphasized that

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Page 2 Cherry Creek News & Central Denver Dispatch February 15, 2008

Use Colorado Pioneer Spirit to Fix

I-70 Gridlock
by Senator Chris Romer on highway space, they will change
I-70 is critical to our state’s econ- their habits in ways that will benefit
omy as a main conduit for business our state’s economy and reduce car-
and tourism transportation. It’s time bon emissions. A five percent change
for us to take immediate action to in driving habits can reduce conges-
relieve congestion on this vital artery. tion by 50 percent. The fee necessary
If we don’t fix I-70 in the next several to change behavior could be minimal
years, our clogged economic artery enough to actually save drivers the
will cause Colorado businesses to extra gas money they currently pay
suffer a stroke. Waiting 10 years for to sit in hours of traffic during high-
added lanes and train systems will be demand times.
too late. Colorado is a pioneer state, An anti-traffic pilot program for
where people moving west used a incentive-based driving could offer a
spirit of self-sufficiency to develop solution to what has become a critical
their own solutions when faced with problem. The pilot would consist of
vexing problems. We must now use three phases, carried out over three
this spirit to pilot an immediate solu- years. Phase 1: apply a system of
tion to unclog I-70. incentives and fees to commercial
Testing an anti-traffic model truckers so that they would not drive
along I-70 through a pilot program during high-demand times, com-
will yield significant results for the bined with incentives only for other
More on DPS and Polaris tourism, trade, interstate commerce, drivers to not commute during those
times. Phase 2: implement a system of
Thank you for your recent arti- Michael Bennett’s office, and spo- trucking, and distribution industries,
cle on how DPS is modeling failure, ken with Diana several times. It among others. In this program, simi- incentives and fees based on conges-
not success. I couldn’t agree with seems that each entity within DPS lar to highly successful models in tion for all drivers. Phase 3: carry out
you more, especially with regard to just doesn’t care and passes the buck other states and highways around a comprehensive evaluation of the
the Polaris program. This wonderful to another segment. Meanwhile, we the world, drivers would receive program. We would require the pro-
program, headed by the incredible have a wonderful resource and a tal- a payment for using the highway gram to be successful to be renewed
Diana Howard(the principal at Ebert ented leader who will soon be leaving when it is not at peak demand and, after 3 years.
- Polaris), is truly a jewel at DPS, yet it DPS, and the opportunity to replicate in the second phase of the program, Extra money collected through
is neglected and ignored. The school this special program will be gone. pay a small fee to use the highway the program could pay for other
has proven success and Diana wants I would greatly appreciate it if when it is at peak demand. This is transportation and incentive options,
so badly to replicate it to help more of you could please run another piece not the only solution to fixing the I-70 such as free buses, that would boost
Denver’s children before she retires in specifically on Polaris, highlighting debacle, but it will provide immedi- tourism and stimulate local business.
a few years, yet DPS does nothing. the numbers I reference above, and ate protection for our economy while More people traveling would bring
There are plenty of places where do everything in your power to exert we plan long-term solutions like more money to Colorado’s mountain
another Polaris could be located - not influence to see if we can get another bus lanes, mass transit and highway towns. The pilot can be implemented
only are the recently closed schools, school opened for this school year. In expansion. without toll-booths, using programs
but also Gove which has been vacant addition, I feel strongly that Polaris Our economy is fueled by the free similar to those in place in many cit-
for quite a long time. There is no rea- should not be open only to students market, supply and demand. This ies and highways across the U.S., in
sonable explanation why Polaris is in NE Denver, but rather ALL chil- pilot program would put those prin- which a camera takes a photo of a
not being replicated, and the children dren in Denver, regardless of where ciples in place to help alleviate the car’s license plate. The car does not
of our city are paying the price. For they live, should have the oppor- pinch on the economic vein running have to slow down or even pay at the
the 2008-9 school year there were tunity to benefit from this wonder- through the heart of our state. time of use.
initially thought to be 46 kindergarten ful program. Nothing even close is At one point in time, parking Voters have a unique role in
slots at Polaris (2 classes), but one offered in SE, and since all families spots in downtown Denver were free shaping tax and fiscal policy here
class was removed leaving only 23 pay taxes all families should have the because there was an abundance of in Colorado, which is why I wanted
slots. There have been 124 applica- chance to determine the best educa- parking space with little demand for to start this dialogue. Our economy
tions (!!!), but there are 24 sibilings so tional option for their child, not DPS it. Today, drivers expect to pay a fee depends on I-70, and it’s clear that
the chance that any new families will based on address. to park their cars where demand is with our fiscal challenges we cannot
be allowed to participate at Polaris is high, such as downtown during the remedy our troubled roads, high-
slim to none. Thank you very much, day, and to pay even more when that ways and infrastructures with the
This is extremely frustrating and Eileen O’Connor parking spot is at peak demand, such same old thinking. It just won’t work.
frankly, disgusting. I have contacted as at a Rockies baseball game. Could We must implement a solution that
the school board, the gifted office, you imagine all parking being free will improve access to Colorado’s
during a Rockies game? natural beauty, grow our state’s econ-
Energy crisis - Demand? Supply? During very specific times, omy, and lessen the environmental
impact of congested highways. We
highway space along I-70 is as scarce
Investment? Big Oillikeconfuses
Retrospectively, trying to understand Colin Campbell. Harper said: “I’m
of a resource as a downtown park- need to do it now. The key is to use
our Colorado spirit to pioneer new
ing space. Given this problem, it is
Big Oil on the subject of peak oil is about more conservative than Exxon Mobil time for us to ask people to slightly ways of solving this vexing problem.
as difficult as penetrating the comments with regard to future oil resources, but change their driving habits, much in
of central bankers, sometimes called I’m not Colin Campbell.” the same way they do for parking,
Fedspeak here in the U.S. In January (of 2008), BP told British in order to allocate scarce highway
In 2004, the British Petroleum (BP) lawmakers than world oil demand would resources. When people put a value
exploration consultant Francis Harper peak, with supply following thereafter.
told London’s The Business newspaper Reported by Reuters: “I believe there
that world oil supply would be peak- is a realistic possibility that world oil pro-

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ing earlier than expected, and that “the duction will peak within the next genera-
world’s total original usable oil resources tion as a result of peaking demand,” BP
— the amount of oil before drilling began Special Economic Advisor Peter Davies
— at about 2.4 trillion barrels of oil. told a meeting at parliament organized
This is considerably less than the 3 tril-
lion assumed by bullish commentators
by a group of lawmakers looking into
peak oil. 25% discount from owner
such as the US government’s Geological “I think we will run out of demand
Survey. This points to oil production before we run out of supply,” he said.
peaking between 2010 and 2020.” “There’s a distinct possibility that global
When the world peaks isn’t the criti- oil consumption could peak as a result of
cal thing. What’s more salient is when climate policies.”
non-Opec oil peaks, then you’ll have the Instead, investment in oil production
control of marginal production passed is the issue. “An imminent peak in oil
back to a progressively smaller group of production is not likely,” Davies said.
countries.” “Valid concerns remain over investment,
He added that oil companies’ public especially in resource-rich regions.”
positions on the issue masked debate Davies was quoted as saying that 100
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February 15, 2008 Cherry Creek News & Central Denver Dispatch Page 3

Moss Pink flowers Park

Hill can use flowers in their lives, and a great
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Valentine’s, of course, marks one of 86% Relief
the store’s busiest days - and orders pour
in, even until the day itself is almost
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tions, and sexy with subtleties - and
in the relief of back pain.
flowers represent all those things, with Now available in Cherry Creek.
rich colors, smooth textures, and sweet
fragrances. They just associate naturally,”
says Schlisner.
In keeping with the store’s fun,
offbeat character, and focus on add-
ing beauty to the everyday, Schlisner
came up with a series of concepts for
Valentine’s that broke the mold. “It’s a
day that tends to be rooted in roses, and
we try to get people to think differently,”
she says: “there’s all sorts of ways to
express that.”
Whether you’re looking for some-
thing small and fun, or something more
When longtime neighborhood sta- grandiose and traditional, Moss Pink is
ple Harold’s Flowers closed its doors a likely to have a concept that will meet
November ago, many wondered what your needs in style. One idea Schlisner
would replace the venue on Park Hill’s is wheeled out for Valentine’s was a
23rd Avenue shopping strip. Several reinvention of the corsage - “but more
months later, dropcloths fell from the
project and the florist was reborn as
modern, just a tasteful flower, or a single
rose with a ribbon,” she says. The holi-
Moss Pink - a rethought version of the
neighborhood favorite, representing the
day also led to the creation of a series of
posies, small bundles of flowers and rib-
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timberline, Moss Pink - tucked between ing the idea.
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space, and I had a clearer idea of what I filled with just one or two types of flow-
wanted to do, and how to be true to my
passion for flowers,” explains Schlisner.
ers,” she says. “It’s classic.”
At a time when more people are m

With a vast knowledge of floral and shopping online and the climate is tough
botanical history, a keen sense of com- for small business, Moss Pink’s success is
position, and a delightful energy and built on its whimsical charm, sense of fun,
optimism, Schlisner has brought new life and fantastic quality. “It’s about innova-
to the floral shop, and new ideas to what tion and presentation, and always seek-
floral design is all about. ing out the unusual,” explains Schlisner.
Moss Pink’s focus is on what Schlisner on
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in our surroundings, that sense of not most of our customers by name, and you
being in touch with the outside, natural get to know people in the neighborhood
world,” she says. In the year the store has - knowing people’s lives on such an inti-
been open, it’s become one of the locals’ mate level is pretty cool,” she says.
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Two is better than one

the next presi- immigration reform while still to allow such a thing, but con- expect. The econ-
dent of the ensuring an adequate supply of sider the advantages. Both par- omy will grind to
United States low-paid labor to perform those ties would win the election, thus a halt. The govern-
of America. This person must find jobs Americans just won’t do. He/ lessening hard feelings between ment will not be able
a way to unite and lead millions she should have a deep abiding them (uniting, not dividing). Each to function. Would that really be
of citizens with vastly different faith but keep church and state co-president in turn would have such a bad idea? Or we might
goals and political philosophies. separate, defend marriage and the an opportunity to implement poli- find out something quite star-
Consider what people will expect family while being inclusive and cies in accordance with his party’s tling: to the average American,
of the new Oval Office occupant. tolerant, of course be pro-life and philosophy, and we in turn would it doesn’t really matter who’s in
We will want him (or maybe her) pro-choice, and for heaven’s sakes, have two parties to blame for the power. The stock market will
to both win the war and end the do something about this crazy mess our country is in. People continue to soar and then plum-
war, to simultaneously raise taxes weather we’re having. could stop fretting about the direc- met. People will still buy and sell,
to fund vital government programs tion our country is going, because marry and divorce, get jobs and
and cut taxes to stimulate the free Leading the free world is a next month it will be going in a lose jobs, just go on about their
market. We will expect our new tough, thankless job, one that vis- different direction. business, working and taking care
leader to champion enlightened ibly ages people. All you have to of their families, despite or in
do is compare photos of past presi- Yes, we could have our cake spite of the government power
dents when they assumed office and eat it too. In July, Republicans structure. Once we’ve discovered
and when they stepped down, bomb our enemies. In August, it doesn’t matter who is running
from fresh-faced and smiling to Democrats extend the olive the show, then maybe we can dis-
wizened and gray. Even a single- branch. In September, Republicans pense with political parties (and
term president is put through the cut the corporate tax burden. In political advertisements) altogeth-
meat grinder. It is an enormous October, Democrats increase it. er and just pull a name out of a
burden for one person to bear. In November, Republicans build hat and draft a regular person as
a wall along our southern border. our leader.
So what should we do about the In December, Democrats tear it
situation? How can we, as citizens, down. We could get a cosmic-kar- —Teresa Keegan
lighten the load and ease the crush- mic thing going here, a real yin-
ing weight on the shoulders of our and-yang, a swinging pendulum.
commander in chief? I suggest we If nothing else, it would certainly
institute a practice that has become
increasingly common in the busi-
liven things up. More Theresa
ness world: job-sharing. Let’s elect I can anticipate the objections
one person from each major party
and let them trade off every thirty
to my idea. A job-share presiden-
cy would be a disaster, causing
Keegan online at
days. One month Republican, next confusion and gridlock. Our citi-
month Democrat. Sure, we’d have zens won’t know what to expect.
to tweak the Constitution a bit Our enemies won’t know what to

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I N S P E C T I O N!!! warped shingles or tiles? Are there any missing, loose, rot- the bricks, do white flakes fly? (It
Does the asphalt shin- ted or debris-filled gut- may be time to have tuckpointing
A sunny February day is the per- gle roof look lumpy or
fect time to give your home’s exteri- bumpy? (This could be
Thoughts & ters? What condition is the
If the brick has been painted, is
or an inspection. Your view will not from a shingles below the tips from an paint on the cornice? it time to repaint to assure that the
be obstructed by leaves and flowers top layer.) Are there lots What condition is the brick is not damaged by water?
and the relative “browness” of the of mineral granules on old house parapet? Has water dam- Is there any water damage on
surrounding grass and vegetation the roof? lover aged it or is there a poten- window sills and any horizontal
acts as a flat palette, allowing you to Any pools of water? tial for this to happen? brick, stone or masonry areas?
see more clearly. The hour or so that Is the roof sagging? How are the windows and doors?
you invest in this activity could save How’s the flashing around the Now, bring your gaze down and take Any broken glass?
you thousands of dollars in future chimney or steep-sloped areas? Is it a look at the walls, windows and doors. Do they fit properly?
repair costs. sagging or wobbly? Here are some questions to ask: Is any of the wood rotted?
Before you begin, gather several Is decorative woodwork firmly in
tools in a canvas bag: notebook, pen, Then, take a look at the chimney and place and tightly caulked to prevent Finally, look at the bottom of the
binoculars, camera, a key, and a rock ask: water damage? house and ask yourself these questions:
or small hammer. Begin at the front Is the chimney leaning? What shape is the paint in? Is it Do any bushes, trees, or vines
or back of the house and work your How are the bricks? Have any peeling, curling, blistering or chalk- need trimming?
way around. fallen out? ing? Can water drain away from the
First, examine the roof (here’s where How’s the mortar? Are there any loose, cracked or house?
the binoculars come in handy) and missing clapboards or shingles? Any signs of cracking in the foun-
ask yourself these questions: Next, look at the gutters, parapet (if Do I hear a hollow sound when dation walls?
Are there any missing, broken, or you have) and cornice and note: I knock on the brick with the rock?
(There could be a problem with the You can reach Elizabeth at www.
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Celebrate End groundhog day!

er. That’s what Jesus did.***
—Dixie Darr
Save the prairie dogs!
ˆ PET SITTING / HOUSE SITTING ı Each February 2, Punxsatawney all, some nine other plains species liter-
Phil comes up for a few brief, camera- ally depend on the prairie dogs for their
soaked moments to look for his shad- survival.
ow. In an event that’s covered from “They’re kind of the grocery store
LOWRY, CHERRY CREEK, E. DENVER coast to coast in the national media, if of the plains,” says Co-Chair Lindsey
the rodent sees his shadow, we’re stuck Sterling Krank.
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pushing two ideas. The first, a legisla- prairie dogs here too get unfair blame.
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“Prairie Dog Day” in our cities and disease, prairie dogs usually die within
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You can go a headway. This year, the City of Denver nies can be wiped out in the blink of an
joined Boulder in issuing a proclama- eye. “They really take one for the team
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long way with giving our rodent resi-

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The second idea area,”
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dation, and poli-
cies allowing them offered
to be poisoned and exterminated, more to prairie dogs - despite their vastly
than 90% of the historical prairie dog reduced numbers and critical impor-
population has been destroyed.” tance to the prairie ecosystem. Under
As a “keystone” species, the health pressure from farmers, ranchers, devel-
of the North American plains in many opers and some government officals,
ways depends upon the continued sur- the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has
vival of these social critters. Living so far refused to take any action to
in complex networks of underground preserve the critters - and, as a result,
tunnels that can become large enough though you still see prairie dogs all the
to host millions of prairie dogs, their time, much of the remaining popula-
churning of the soil and the nitrogen- tion is now “functionally extinct,” says
rich dung they deposit in it help aer- Dr. McCain. “And that means they’re
ate, water, and fertilize our high-desert still there, but not in large enough num-
lands. When these burrows become bers or in the correct environment to
abandoned, they provide habitat for contribute to the ecosystem.”
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Renee Fajardo • Rail Yard offers urban youth Active Minds March events
opportunity to ride for free! Government & The Media Germany
Over 35 years after Watergate, join Active It has been over two years since Angela
Sometimes the best things in life are between West Florida and Jewell Avenue, Minds as we explore the often stormy rela- Merkel was sworn in as Germany’s first
really for free! Take for instance the Ruby and between South Platte River Drive and tionship between the government and the woman Chancellor and the first leader from
Hill Rail Yard sponsored by Winter Park Quivas Street. Weather permitting, Ruby media. We will look at the role of the media the former Communist East Germany. Join
Resort, the City of Denver, and Denver Parks Hill Rail Yard will remain open through the as a watchdog in society as well as how Active Minds as we take a look at how
and Recreation Department. This free urban end of February 2008. It is open to the public journalistic standards have changed over Germany is doing under her leadership. We
ski and ride terrain park located just outside all week long.  the years with regard to what should and will examine issues including Germany’s
should not be exposed to the public. role in the European Union, challenges
of Downtown Denver in Ruby Hill Park First established last year, Ruby Hill Rail
Date: Monday, March 3, 2008 posed by Islamic immigration from Turkey,
featuring six rails of varying configurations Yard is the country’s first free urban ter- Time: 7:00-8:00 pm and Germany’s complex relations with the
and skill levels opened January 19th, with rain park based in a city. The experimental Location: Denver School of Science & United States. We will also evaluate the
demonstrations by Winter Park Resort Ski program attracted 3,000 youth and adults Technology, 2000 Valentia St., Denver, CO reunification process as it stands today, near-
and Ride School and free snowboard equip- last year and became a nationwide model 80238 ly two decades after the fall of the Berlin
ment and lessons. for other cities and ski resort collaborations.  Cost: Free wall.
Sydney Anstine, a senior at Pomona High Every Monday from Jan. 28 through Feb. 18, RSVP: Stapleton Foundation: 303-468-3223 Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Time: 11:00 am -12:00 noon
School in Arvada, was enthusiastic about the from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Snowsports Outreach The C.I.A. Location: Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape,
rail yard's second season. “I came last year Society and Thriftystick Board Shop will Join Active Minds as we examine the history Denver, CO 80220
every day after school and on the weekends. partner with Denver Parks and Recreation’s and current challenges facing the Central Cost: Free
It was awesome and gave me the opportu- Outdoor Recreation team to provide “Jibbing Intelligence Agency. We will discuss the ori- RSVP: Jodi 303-388-4013 x307
nity to bring my friends who have never for the Kids.” This program will provide les- gins of the C.I.A. after World War II and how
thought about snowboarding or skiing. It sons and snowboarding equipment to local the C.I.A. functioned during the Cold War. Can Egypt Blend Democracy and Islam?
teens.  Additionally, Ruby Hill Rail Yard will We will end by looking at how our needs With a history of dictatorship, Egypt is a
was always hard to get most of them to even
for intelligence have changed in recent years strong U.S. ally and is pushing for increased
think about skiing, but the park made it a no also be home to snowskate demonstrations and how this impacts the role of the C.I.A. democracy. This effort is complicated by
brainer. It was close to home and free! We all and free lesson by Lib Tech, GNU, & Bent Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 strong native Islamic forces that make for a
loved it and we had a great time, now some Metal Tuesday, Jan. 29 and on Tuesday, Feb. Time: 12:30-1:30 pm challenging combination. Join Active Minds
of them actually went up to the resorts with 12. Location: Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax (2 as we take a look at how Egypt is confront-
me this year,” said Anstine. “Ruby Hill Rail Yard brings the winter blocks east of York) ing this complex future.
The Ruby Hill Rail Yard is located sports experience to youth that may not have Cost: Free Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
the opportunity or access to visit mountain
North Korea Location: Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax (2
ski parks,” said Bob Holmes, youth market- Join Active Minds for a discussion of the blocks east of York)
ing manager for Winter Park Resort. “Last history of North Korea and the development Cost: Free
year, we broke all expected attendance levels of the North Korean nuclear program. We
and became an impressive model for other will cover the successes and shortcomings Nigeria: Struggling for Progress
youth city programs. For the coming season, of diplomatic efforts between North Korea, Nigeria is the world’s 5th largest oil exporter
we plan to provide an even better Ruby Hill the United States and other countries. North and the most populous nation in Africa. Join
Korea’s place in the world relative to global us as we look at Nigeria’s lurching struggle
Rail Yard where youth and parents can enjoy issues such as international trade and human to take a seat at the international table. We
the snow and have fun together during the rights issues will also be addressed. will trace the country’s colonial history and
day and under the lights.” Date: Monday, March 17, 2008 review the recent violence that threatens not
“Ruby Hill Rail Yard represents the best Time: 7:00-8:00 pm only Nigeria’s tenuous grasp on democracy,
of what we do, said Kim Bailey, Manager of Location: Denver School of Science & but foreign investment in the country’s oil
Denver Parks and Recreation. “It combines Technology, 2000 Valentia St., Denver, CO industry.
our urban park system with our exceptional 80238 Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Cost: Free Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
recreation department. By partnering with RSVP: Stapleton Foundation: 303-468-3223 Location: Generations at Lowry, 8505 Lowry
Winter Park Resort and their outstanding Blvd, Denver, CO 80231
youth program, we are able to offer kids Cost: Free
across the City unparalleled access to winter RSVP: Generations at Lowry: 303-364-8500
sports – not only by whetting their appe-
tites with the Ruby Hill Rail Yard, but also
through our other winter sports programs
with Winter Park.”
Page 8 Cherry Creek News & Central Denver Dispatch February 15, 2008

“Get what you paid for”

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when you are paying for automobile insur- allowed by our contract and statute to
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Meeting Experience with Success Book review

“Are you wearing the right hair proportion to the facial structure. He GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! England. Everyone is there: from the
cut?” is a question that has defined has a technique that allows the hair Voices From A Medieval Village. Written lord’s nephew to the shepherdess ( a
Adamo Lentini’s career. Who is behind cut to work with the natural growth by Laura Amy Schlitz. Illustrated by young girl), from the lord’s daughter to
that inquisitive question? Adamo patterns of the hair. So as the hair Robert Byrd. Published by Candlewick the glassblower’s daughters, from the
Press. $19.99 in hardcover. moneylender’s son, the runaway and
Lentini began his career at the age of grows, the hair style will still look
more. Many of these young people
14 in Genoa, Italy, where he worked as good. Remember: a person’s face and
Imagine if you will, that you are a have a sad, difficult life. Some are able
an apprentice at Alberto D’Artizio. At hair make up 80% of their look. Adamo
librarian. Your students are studying to laugh at their situation; others are
Alberto’s, he learnt the basic techniques also believes that having the right hair more high born, a couple
the Middle Ages, research-
that are required to cut hair. He was cut is essential in every other aspect in ing the clothes people are angry and wounded.
fascinated with the creative process that style. For example, if the hair cut is not wore, the food they ate, All have work they must
takes place in developing the right look right, the blow dry will not be right. the houses they lived in, do, beliefs they honor or in
for someone. That is just a glimpse of Adamo and how different life was some cases question.
Throughout the formative years of Lentini. We will be writing monthly in those early times. We’re At times, the author
Adamo’s career, he watched all the on different topics that deal with the talking 13th century here. pauses to take note of his-
masters. From Genoa, Adamo went to hair industry. The more you know, Your students’ minds are tory with what she titles,
Rome to study and work with great the better care you can give your hair, filled with facts and pic- A Little Background about
designers such as Versace, Valentino as well as know what look would be tures. They wonder how Medieval Times.” There
and the Fendi sisters, where he learnt right for you. What role does the way people lived in their small are excellent explanations
the techniques to work in the fashion you are made play on what type of hair villages – did they have of old English words used
shows. He also worked in Milan with cut is right for you? What is an image enough to eat? How did in the monologues.
Armani fashion shows, and in London. consultation? We will also address the they make bread? What This book Is nothing
When he went to London, he greatly many gimmicks that are on the mar- happened when it rained? short of amazing and eye-
admired Vidal Sassoon’s work. Vidal ket, and highlight the products that do Who ruled them? Did opening for teachers and
Sassoon was the designer that devel- what they claim. We will help you sort they go to school? Did they read? Was students, for parents of children who
oped precision hair cuts that are still through all of it. There will also be arti- it difficult to be a kid? read, for anyone with theatrical lean-
popular today, such as the angled bob cles that tell the history of the industry. The author, Laura Amy Schlitz (a ings and of course, for students study-
or the graduated bob and the halo. He You will see when hair dressing truly librarian at the Park School in Baltimore) ing the Middle Ages who want more
decided to write a play for her students than mere isolated facts. This finely
worked with one of Vidal Sassoon’s turned into hair designing and merged
to perform and as she notes, “None of written and illustrated book will trans-
teams. These great stylists and hair with fashion.
the students wanted a small role.” So port readers young and old into the
designers played a part in developing The hair industry has grown and
she wrote longer monologues for each 13th century. It is definitely not the
Adamo’s philosophy on hair designing. changed as the society has changed romantic era some writers portray but
of the 23 students, creating starring
Adamo was invited came to America, and science and technology fields have roles for every one. gritty daily life as seen through the eyes
to the town of Beverly Hills, where he grown. We will be sharing all of this The result is the wonderful, theatri- of young people.
is still working. He has worked with and more in our monthly articles. cal, historical book with each young There’s also an excellent bibliog-
plastic surgeons, most notably Bosely Adamo Lentini can be reached at person depicted telling his or her story, raphy with many sources for further
and Flemming & Mayer. He is truly an 888-982-3266, or at www.adamolentini. each an explanation of who he or she reading once fans of the book are drawn
expert in creating haircuts, blow drying, com. is, what each does, revealing a por- into this fascination era.
and color. tion of life in this medieval village in -- Rachel Pollack
Adamo is different from other styl- - Sonya and Adamo Lentini
ists because he believes that the hair
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Dining Detective: Battle

of the Basils
Last year I was invited to join the diners choos-
some friends at the Spicy Basil Thai ing this location are
Restaurant, 1 Broadway in Denver. At on a tight schedule,
that time someone else in that group wanting quick service and delicious
insisted that I must try her favorite food without the fear of long waits,
place, Thai Basil, 540 E. Alameda. slow servers, and casual timing. They
It’s taken me a full year, but at last I want to eat their food and move on. To
can present to you, the Battle of the foster this, Spicy Basil lines Formica
Basils! tables in a compact, linear fashion
Despite the simi- to maximize diner
larity in names, these capacity – albeit at
Thai bistros are very Thai Basilthe expense of diner
different in appearance privacy – and main-
and in menu offerings.
540 E. Alameda tain easier services
But as it turns out dif- 303.715.1188 to clean and accom-
ferent really can’t be modate new diners.
defined as better, it’s Although the chairs
simply a matter of taste
Spicy Basil are comfortable, they
and mood, and what 1 Broadway, Unit B-100 aren’t cozy. I would
you would like in a 333.871.8828 not choose this loca-
dining experience. www.spicybasilcom tion to kick back and
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ference is atmosphere. location when my
Thai Basil embraces the theme of movie tickets have a show that starts
its menu with Asian accessories and in an hour and I want to be sure I am
design elements. The ambiance cre- there on time.   
ates a mood and invites people to lin- This is not to say that the décor
ger and relax. Spicy Basil, on the other of Spicy Basil is unpleasant. It serves   
hand, has sterilized the environment a very specific purpose in a modern
so that it has very little reflection on and colorful way. You will realize a You’ve got a vision. A fresh new look for
the ethnic food it serves. The pleas- secondary benefit when your food your kitchen, bath or business. Please
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ligaments, and discs in the neck If you suffer from these or other warning signs call there is a greater sense of intimacy as extremely lovely plating. Whether
or low back. Damage may have immediately to prevent possible advancing diners are given their own personal you are trying the Thai BBQ Chicken
occurred as a result of an injury space. in Peanut Sauce ($8.50) or any one
or could have developed slowly Thai Basil was put together with of their brilliant Curries ($8.50), both
over time. intent. They create a theme of warmth your eyes and your tongue will be
In addition to pain, and luxury with rich, dark woods, duly impressed. My personal favorite
damaged spinal joints and heavily upholstered chairs and Asian- (today) is the Whiskey Beef ($8.95).
discs (cushion between the themed art and accessories. It is dark- Thai Basil has a very traditional,
bones) will place pressure on er, quieter, and easier to have a pri- although smaller menu. Service is
the nerves that go down the vate conversation while you enjoy a more relaxed so it is more encourag-
arms, hand, fingers, and even relaxed meal with no sense of hurry. ing to order that extra course. You will
the upper back. This ‘pressure’ You aren’t looking at the people lin- find, however, that the entrée por-
is the cause of numbness/tin- ing up waiting for seats, as often hap- tions are extremely generous (unlike
gling. See '%2/#  When left pens at Spicy Basil, so you have no their soup!) so you should anticipate
untreated, pain and weakness in guilt in taking a few extra moments taking home leftovers. On the night
the muscles may be the even- to linger over your tea. of our visit I tried one of the few items
tual result. If we compare the food at the two designated as non-spicy, the Royal
Generally, most of you locations, I may have a split verdict. Chicken ($8.95). Although pleasant,
resort to medication use. When the problem is in the neck or lower back, using The Toasted Potstickers ($4.95) at Thai it was not necessarily memorable. My
over-the counter, and even prescribed drugs to fix the cause of the problem is not Basil are among the best I’ve ever companion had a huge portion of Pad
the answer for many. And if medication fails, surgery might be considered the only enjoyed, and the Chicken Coconut Thai ($7.95) which was very good but
other alternative. Soup ($3.25) was fantastic. Not only again, not entirely unique.
Dr. Alison Milbauer, DC wants to let you know that there is another way. were both of these starters absolutely The bottom line, in the Battle of
To discover the “best kept secret” that has given thousands of people relief wonderful, the presentation of the the Basils, is that it is very important
without the use of drugs or surgery call to receive a complimentary Numbness and soup was lovely, in its own mini to choose your location based on the
Tingling analysis and consultation. Take Back Your Life. tureen. My only complaint is that overall dining experience you desire
the serving size of the soup was too on that specific evening. If you want
small. I could easily make this a meal excellent food fast, with reasonable
in itself if the portion were tripled. prices and quick service, Spicy Basil
My Summer Rolls ($3.95) at Spicy is the place for you. If you want to
Basil, however, were fine but unin- settle in to comfortable surroundings
spired. Thus, the first round goes to and lazily chat with friends and loved

Thai Basil. ones, Thai Basil has a place all set.***
When we look at the entrées, how-
ever, I think that my vote will swing
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Page 12 Cherry Creek News & Central Denver Dispatch February 15, 2008

Neighbor concerns still Ski Guilt-Free! Dogs Play While You’re Away!
rankle at Lowry development
The Lowry Redevelopment tact the mayor’s office.
Authority Board met Tuesday morn- Significant time was spent by
ing and approved the final plan for some Task Force members, planners
the Buckley Annex redevelopment. and some Board members defending
Such approval occurred with nary a the process.  Public comments, on
dissenting vote from the LRA board.  the other hand, were held to three
There were brief presentations by minutes each.  After reflecting on Buy one/get one 25% off daycare
planners, consultants and Monty this one aspect of the process, and free boarding packages!
Force, Deputy Director LRA.  Of note its recurring theme to date, it seems night! As low as $15.75
was one particular part of the plan the LRA’s message to the public per day!
that seemed different since the pre- was this. They, the LRA, know more New customers only New customers only
sentation was made on the “final” about what is good for us than we Expires 01/31/08 Purchase by 01/15/08
plan in November.  It was to indicate do.  Therefore, the LRA believes they
where developers could deviate from have made the wisest decision avail- x Doggie Daycare w/TV Lounge
the 65-foot height restriction (as indi- able for this redevelopment plan.  x Luxury, Crate-Free, Boarding Hotel
cated by small crosshatched areas on Some defending the process con- x Dog Wash
the plan).  This was in direct conflict veyed to the audience many people 303.321.TAIL
with height restrictions of 65-feet weren’t attending meetings to speak
clearly articulated during the “final” because they were in favor of the 5010 E. Colfax Ave (only 7 blocks east of Colorado Blvd.)
plan presentation and requested by plan.  If a vote were in order, then
Councilwoman Marcia Johnson. the roughly 42 people involved in
Councilwoman Johnson com-
mented to the Board that she would
the various task force committees
who apparently approved this plan
resident-friendly, then a public sup- RTD race has
like to see those (crosshatch) areas
removed from the plan – as we
would be outvoted by the 157 peo-
ple who voted in the straw poll on
ported plan can never be complet-
ed….regardless of whatever claims candidate
continued from page 1
the LRA may make that this process
would.  She said to the Board, “It November14th who wanted density has been more open than any other debases the taxpayer investment in the
seems you are saying the plan is lowered, the 154 people who also recent redevelopments.  Claims that expensive projects.
restricted to 65-foot heights with voted to limit the building heights, this particular process has been bet- Working in college, James became
your fingers crossed behind your and the 137 people who wanted the ter does not make it right, does not a part-time staffer in the City of Seattle
back.”  That particular analogy con- Lowry Design Guidelines applied to make it good, and certainly does not planning office. His real estate career
veyed what many have believed to the Buckley Annex redevelopment make it acceptable.  Lowry residents took off after a stint in the U.S. Army,
be recurring flaws in the overall plan.  Additionally, all of the com- have higher standards, and the LUN and James became a commercial
process to date.  Furthermore Marcia ment sheets sent to LRA, and subse- remains vigilant to ensure any future appraiser. As a citizen, he worked on
Johnson’s analogy aptly describes quently posted on its web site, could entities involved in such processes the advisory committees of two major
one reason why the Lowry United be weighed of which 129 requested a are clearly heard by the LUN with Denver transportation studies.
Neighborhoods registered neighbor- lower density plan, 121 wanted den- regards to any/all remaining issues The RTD board is a non-partisan
hood organization formed in the first sity numbers to equal all of Lowry, and concerns as the process contin- body, and the election to succeed
place and has subsequently posi- and 133 who stated too much traffic ues to move forward. Elfenbein takes place in November.
tioned itself to have a meeting with was a problem.   James has no formally declared oppo-
Mayor Hickenlooper.  That meeting In summary, it appears unless Dave Siefkas, President nent for the office as of press time.
will be held February 8th in the the LRA redevelopment process Lowry United Neighborhoods
mayor’s office.  Any other RNO’s becomes more transparent, more
interested in attending should con- public interaction oriented and more


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