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Conservation drives water rates up as dam expands
In recent years, Denver Water customers have drastically cut their consumption, embracing conservation and watering restrictions, even in wet years. And Denver Water has drastically raised rates. That perverse reality, a familiar one to anyone schooled in resource economics, isn’t broadly spoken to by policy makers. Given current trends, Denver’s water ratepayers face an endless future of increases, above the rate of inflation and far ahead of personal income growth. Yet, even in the West, where water is king and the commodity scarce, Denver is not waking up to dry realities. With current rate increases, average Denver residential customers would see their bills increase by about $40 a year — an average of $3.30 per month, or about $12 on a summer bill. The increases take effect in February. Part of the reason for the increase are capital needs. Denver Water is creating a 10-year plan includes 300 projects, including upgrades to aging infrastructure to prevent putting reliable water service at risk. The plan also calls for expansion of the utility’s system capacity to meet the future needs of its customers. Over the next decade, the utility plans to expand its recycled water system, enlarge Gross Reservoir by 18,000 acre-
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Jeff and Lynda Parker loved their home in Park Hill. Built in 1942, and located near 17th and Monaco, their English cottage was their pride and joy for nearly 20 years. But, they’ve found a new home that they have come to love even more. A home located high above the Mile High city with a lifestyle that they didn’t really know was possible until they started experiencing it firsthand. “We live in a high rise now, and as nervous as we were about the changes that would come from leaving our single family home, we wouldn’t trade it for anything,” says Lynda, who
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Understanding the School Board Election
Denver voters elected four school board members this month, heralded in some quarters as a reverse for the district’s reforms. Fear and politics drove gigantic political contributions in the races, as self-styled “reformers” and charter and innovation advocates squared off against champions of traditional neighborhood schools. Bold predictions: The pace of “reform” may slow for a bit, with the new board, but then it will accelerate. Mary Seawell (the only one of slate of “reform” candidates to win) will help the new majority push for real community engagement, and thus create a broader base of support for reforms that will actually impact what happens in classrooms. New charters will find themselves better integrated into their communities, with less disruption to existing traditional schools that are finding a footing. DPS will look at lot BC.qxd 11/24/04 5:09 PM less top down, and the violent distrust that most of the community views DPS
central administration with will abate a bit. Progress might seem slower, but will be more deeply rooted. There is new thinking in a lot of places around the district. A few folks that are great distance from classrooms will overly interpret the election as backlash against “reform” (and they are the same folks who can’t really point to reform that affects outcomes instead of bureaucracy). Union-bashing and teacher-basing will subside for a while— and the district will become, for a time, less adversarial. Jeanne Kaplan, likely the new board president, will be a much better, much more inclusive, leader than Theresa Pena, will create more space for real debate, and further transparency in the district, which will lower the level of distrust. Superintendent Boasberg will actually have to prove himself, rather than rely on spin and political sleight of hand. Page 1 —Guerin Lee Green Publisher and Editor
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the morning glory family. It’s called Ipomoea batatas. This is the variety carried in most nursery catalogs and recommended for the north. Among the varieties mentioned are Vardaman, Nancy Hall, Centennial and Georgia Jets. If you’d like to try sweet potatoes get the one advertised to be ready in 90 days. They will be sent to you as plants, not seeds. They are tricky to start and it’s better to let the pros do it. Most of our local nurseries don’t carry them because gardeners don’t want to be bothered by a fragile finicky plant like sweet potatoes; but it can be done. A friend of mine planted sweet potatoes every year till the last year of her life and she always harvested a crop. She planted in a protected spot in her garden and they thrived. Because they are so seldom planted they have no diseases or insect pests in our area. Sweet potatoes are not interested in rich loam but they demand welldrained soil. Something with sand in it is just right. If your soil is heavy clay-like mine- I would recommend the addition of compost and sand. Also, this plant must not be planted till all danger of frost is past. They won’t be here as our nights cool down early in the fall. This means the plant must warm up every morning to resume maturing. This adds nearly two weeks to our maturity date. Your tubers will be smaller than those raised in the south and may have a different taste. Why am I spending so much time talking about something that will be a challenge to grow? Because I think
Thanksgiving is upon us and I can’t figure out where the rest of the year went. The whole gardening season has been unusual. If you weren’t hailed out, the weather was so cold your plants didn’t thrive. Flowers as usual did well, but vegetables and some fruits struggled. There’s always next year, and if there are any more optimistic people than gardeners and farmers I don’t know who they are. But let’s get back to what one thinks about at Thanksgiving. Most often we think about pumpkins this time of year, but this year I’m going to give it to sweet potatoes. There are two types of this vegetable. Yams are actually dioscorea or Cinnamon Vine. This plant is actually too delicate for us to try to grow. The other sweet potato is a member of
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some of you like challenges and some of you may have a hot spot in your garden that needs a plant that likes heat. This one does. Last but not least, have you ever tasted sweet potato pie? It’s a nice change from pumpkin. Southerners eat a lot of sweet potato pie because pumpkins don’t grow as well in the south as they do in the north. This pie usually is less spicy and less sweet than pumpkin. Ginger and cinnamon are the only spices mentioned and less sugar is used. Cooking sweet potatoes is like cooking beets. You do it with skin on and then peel after they’re done. Store them in a cool dry place, but use them as quickly as you can. They won’t last till spring like winter squash.***
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Charity from kids is no small change
3.7 million pennies is a lot of money to a kid—or even an adult. This is how many pennies were collected last year by kids helping with the Penny Harvest, a program in which kids gather money for charity and learn about the importance of helping others.
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This year’s Penny Harvest is now underway at 44 Colorado schools, including 25 in Denver. So it’s time to use your common cents, nickels and dimes for a good cause. Some of the participating schools in the Cherry Creek area include High Plains Elementary, Bromwell Elementary and Place Bridge Academy. Penny Harvest is only one of the many charitable youth programs in Denver. You may have seen kids during Halloween from Odyssey and other schools gathering money for “Trick or Treat for UNICEF.” Or you may be aware of the project that restauranteur Noel Cunningham started, “4 Quarters for Kids,” which raises money so that kids in Ethiopia can get meals and school supplies. Regardless of the program, what is important is that kids are learning to consider the well-being of other people, because as Noel Cunningham has pointed out, “there is always someone more needy than ourselves.”
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Watching the Penny Harvest kickoff at Lowry Elementary, I was impressed how much attention the kids gave to where their pennies would go. The school raised $1,250 last year and went through a lengthy process to decide which causes to support. Principal Carolyn Riedlin said that the kids interviewed each charity at length and really asked some tough questions. As important as the $38,000 in change raised by Penny Harvest was the thousands of hours in community service provided by the kids. The kids worked after school and during the summer for many of the same charities receiving donations. There are many similar programs throughout the city in which kids give time to help the community. Rainbow Bridge, DECA, Southwest Improvement Council, schoolbased community service programs, faith-based volunteer programs, Volunteers of America and YouthBiz are just a few examples. Two great sources of information about youth opportunities for volunteerism are the Youth Volunteer Guide from Metro Volunteers and the Student Volunteer Network website set up by young people for young people. Both resources help kids match their interests to worthwhile volunteer programs. Sometimes the best way to help a kid is to engage that kid in helping others. Please visit our web site, www.douglinkhart.org, or call my office at 720-865-8000 if we can help you, help kids to help others. Doug Linkhart is Denver City Councilman At-Large
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bikes or ATVs or plan more off-road adventures. In fact, clever storage is another hallmark of the RAV4 with spaces in the rear corners for things like washer fluid, cargo anchors galore, two glove boxes, a center console and even a compartment for your phone. Ten – count ‘em – 10 cup holders and pockets behind the front seats. Cargo area access is enhanced by a side opening rear door that also locks into place. After the rear seats are folded down there are 73 cu. ft. of cargo space, 36.4 with the seats up. The RAV4 is easy to drive and made more pleasurable by the spring and shock absorber sport suspension. It also has hillstart assist, descent assist and a host of traction, stability and braking technology on board. The four-wheel-drive function is electric and on demand. Those who frequently drive in the mountains will appreciate the full-size spare tire. It comes in three models including Basic, Sport and Limited, which range in price from $21,500 to $24,490. We tested out the Sport model with a myriad of nice options that brought the final price, including delivery charges, to $30,938. In conclusion, the RAV4 is one of the best-looking and most practical small SUVs on the market. We highly recommend it for comparison to similar Hondas and Hyundais for those in the small SUV market.
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It’s a sensitive issue, so please bear Impromptu shrines are often erected with me while I try to figure out a way at the time of an unexpected death, basito write about it… cally as a way of giving mourners a place It has to do with tragto gather, to leave flowers edy, overcoming tragedy, or other mementoes, and to respect for a stranger’s What about share their grief with each grief, the beauty of our city, other. Think back to when perpetual and how we as a commuPrincess Diana died, or shrines nity deal with the above. more recently, the flowers That’s the general viewand enormous gathering point. of people grieving over the unexpected The more specific viewpoint is the death of Michael Jackson. impromptu shrine that was erected after But these impromptu shrines are no a two-year-old boy was tragically swept longer there. After a period of mourning away by a flash flood when his mother the flowers and pictures and cards were took refuge under a bridge during a picked up and put away. Perhaps Denver powerful summer rainstorm. could follow these examples or offer dif-
More than two years later, that impromptu memorial to this sad, sad event has become permanent, with a metal plaque affixed to the structure of the bridge, and a growing and changing collection of stuffed animals, toy trains, plastic soda bottles, etc. I don’t know if the city gave its permission for this plaque to be affixed to the bridge – I suspect it did not in this case. And I don’t know what happens to those soda bottles and other loose items during wind or rainstorms, but it’s likely that they get washed down the creek with everything else. What I do know is that this is certainly not the only memorial of this type in Denver. It just happens to be the one I pass several times a week. For example, there is another memorial – a simple plaque that the city gave its permission to install – that was placed under a tree at Sloan’s Lake, the site of a terrible murder a couple of years ago. Since dealing with someone else’s personal tragedy is such a touchy issue, it’s not exactly a sought-after topic of conversation. But here’s my question: Is this type of memorial the best way to remember a loved one?
ferent opportunities for memorials. Personally, I favor ways that look toward improving the future, a living memorial approach, such as planting trees or flowerbeds. I’m not a big fan of plaques, but I understand why people want them, and I’m certainly not opposed to them. But when shrines/memorials get a little out of hand, or someone stops attending to them, they run the risk of becoming an eyesore, a pitiful pile of decaying trash. And I don’t think that’s the way anyone wants to memorialize a loved one. Public outpourings of grief are normal. I know we were all saddened for the family who lost their little boy. But in the end, grief is personal, and as tragic as this death was, I think a living memorial to his memory is a more fitting way to remember him than maintaining this place as a public grieving altar. My wish would be to shift our thinking toward establishing something positive: a living memorial that would not decay, but rather grow and bloom into the future. Tell me what you think. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.***
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Second Home Kitchen and Bar, located inside the JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek, has a new leader. Jeff Bolton has taken charge as the new Executive Chef. A Denver native, Chef Bolton inherited his love of food from his Cuban grandfather, with whom he spent countless hours in the kitchen learning the cooking process. “What I love about Second Home is that it isn’t pretentious - we’re not a suit and tie type of place,” said Chef Bolton. “I want to help make this a restaurant that is part of your weekly routine, a place where people are comfortable knowing they always get great food and excellent service.” Chef Bolton graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2000 with an associate degree in culinary arts. Specializing in global comfort food, he studied with local Chefs John Platt and Eric Roeder at Q’s Restaurant in the Hotel Boulderado and most recently served as the Executive Chef at The Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar, another Sage Restaurant Group property. Chef Bolton honed his culinary skills in many of the country’s top dining destinations, including Las Vegas, Martha’s Vineyard and Louisville, Kentucky, where he helped open Proof on Main, which was rated one of the “20 Best New Restaurants” of 2006 by Esquire. While at Proof on Main, Chef Bolton
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Lowry Dog Park Obtains Preliminary Approval
Denver's Old House Society offers holiday fun and gifts
can be purchased by calling 303-9164359. Denverite Randy Hale’s paintings can be found in both private and corporate collections worldwide. For Denver’s Old House Society, he is offering a collection of holiday greeting cards of three of his watercolor paintings of Civic Center, Union Station and the Daniels Fisher Tower. The box of nine contains three cards of each painting and sells for $16. Hale lives and works in a 124 year old Denver Queen Ann Victorian. As a watercolorist, he sets out to captures the emotional connection to our past. Hand-painted, signed and numbered, our Denver old houses come in two sizes with a choice of gifts inside: the small house, approximately 6 inches tall, comes with a genuine Denver Old House Society Founding Member certificate of any level, and the big house, approximately 10 inches high, is packed full of holiday sugar cookies made by elves! The small house's suggested donation is $5 plus the cost of a membership. The big house's suggested donation is $20. The houses will be available for pick up starting Saturday, November 28, at two convenient locations in Denver. For more information, call 303-916-4359 or go to www. DenversOldHouseSociety.org.***
Tails are wagging all over Lowry with the news that the Lowry Redevelopment Authority (LRA) received positive feedback and preliminary approval of concept plan documents from the local Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD) for the Lowry Dog Park. This approval represents a key milestone and sets the direction needed for the LRA to clear the remaining hurdles to finalize construction documents and obtain final approval from stakeholder agencies to begin construction of the planned Dog Park. While the LRA is working toward finalizing construction documents and starting construction of the Dog Park in 2009, the lengthy design approval process has delayed construction and the Park may not be completed until 2010. Although the proposed Dog Park is not in a flood plain, its proximity to the Westerly Creek Dam requires that designs be approved by several government agencies, which has been ongoing. In addition to UDFCD, the LRA must obtain approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), City Waste Water Management, and Denver Parks and Recreation. The LRA and the City and County of Denver have set aside land for open space and the Dog Park: west of Yosemite Way and Westerly Creek, south of Sports Boulevard and east of the soccer fields. Preliminary designs call for gravel trails to be constructed leading from Yosemite Way and Sports Boulevard to the Park. “There isn’t a more ideal place in the Lowry community than the location chosen for the Dog Park,” said
Tom Markham, executive director for the Lowry Redevelopment Authority. “Because of the restrictions on land use adjacent to Westerly Creek Dam it has taken more time for approval, but in the end the community will see why it was worth the wait.” The LRA has been working diligently this year to obtain the needed approval on the Dog Park design to finalize plans and begin construction. When the LRA began the design process for the Dog Park, the USACE did not have guidelines in place to manage utilization of property adjacent to the Westerly Creek Dam. Therefore, USACE requested that UDFCD perform a study to recommend development and operational regulations for the areas surrounding Westerly Creek Dam. This study has taken many months to complete. It is a regulatory document that will assist UDFCD and the USACE in their reviews of the proposed designs. Once the Lowry Dog Park is completed by the LRA, it will be turned over to Denver Parks and Recreation for oversight, management and enforcement of existig city park regulations. “The LRA is committed to building a dog park that will meet the needs of the community and their pets for years to come,” said Karen Grote, parks project manager of the LRA. “Our objective for the project is to establish a solid foundation that will enable Denver Parks and Recreation to take ownership with support from the community in maintaining and improving the Park going forward.” —LRA
For the holidays, Denver’s Old House Society hosts Saturday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. a special showing of “Tuna Christmas” at the Denver Victorian Playhouse, offers North Denverite Randy Hale’s water color holiday cards with historic scenes of Denver, and small hand painted houses, signed and numbered, with gifts inside. “Tuna Christmas” actors Austin Terrell and Seth Miasel and producer Wade P. Wood specialize in having audiences roll out of their seats with
laughter. Held in a historic Denver theater originally built in the basement of a 1911 northwest Denver home, the play is bound to relieve holiday stress with uninhibited humor. Savory refreshments will be served during intermission. After the show, the audience can tour this unique home, located at 4201 Hooker, and go back stage to visit with the actors. The ticket price is $30 and