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    J E F F E R S O N C O U N T Y, C O L O R A D O

    VOLUME 12 | ISSUE 3

    June 16, 2016

    A publication of

    ArvadaPress.com

    Water parks bring smiles to patrons of all ages on PAGE 14.

    SUMMERSPLASH

    Event expected to draw thousands of visitors to city

    By Crystal Andersoncanderson@coloradocommunitymedia.com

    For approximately 2,800 soccer players, next week is one the biggest weeks of the summer.

    Its the US Youth Soccer Presidents

    Cup, held this year in Arvada.The Presidents Cup will take place at

    the Stenger-Lutz and Long Lake Ranch sports complexes June 14-19, this years Region IV tournament will welcome soccer players from 14 different Western states to play round two of three to get to this years national championships.

    We really want to put on a prestigious

    Stenger-Lutz to hold major soccer tourney

    Tourney continues on Page 9

    IF YOU GO

    DATES: June 14-19

    LOCATIONS: Stenger -Lutz Sports Complex 58th Avenue and Quail Street

    Long Lake Ranch Sports Complex 17850 West 64th Ave.

    COST: Free and open to the public. A schedule of games is available www.usyouthsoccer.org/presidentscup/

    Billy Scott guilty on 10 counts related to slaying of Troy PitmanStaff report

    Billy Scott, 55, was sentenced to life in prison without parole following his con-viction for killing an Arvada man, 44-year-old Troy Pitman, in 2015.

    According to the Jefferson County District Attorneys Of-fice, Scott was convicted of the following felonies after seven days of trial: first-degree murder after deliberation,

    first-degree murder, three counts of burglary, menacing with a deadly weapon and four violent crime counts.

    He was also charged as a habitual criminal because he has a prior felony. He will return to court at 11 a.m. on June 13 for scheduling of that criminal trial. Following the outcome of that trial he will be officially sen-tenced for all his convictions. If found to be a habitual criminal, the penalty will be four times the maximum sentence for each conviction.

    Scott and accomplice Leslie Barrett went to Pitmans house on March 19, 2015. They saw Pitman in his garage, and Scott entered uninvited, attacking the man, ac-cording to the district attorneys office. Pitmans brother was in the garage as well and he attempted to intervene and pull Scott away from his brother. Barrett pointed a gun at both men, and Scott ran to her, wrapping his arms around hers and placing his hands on the gun she was holding.

    Together, they pulled the trigger, hitting Pitman once in the back, the districts attorneys office said. He later died of his injury.

    Barret was sentenced June 15.

    Barrett

    Scott

    Man gets convictedfor 2015murder

    Some super talented folks, such as Arvadas Melberg family, are gearing up for a good time at the 2016 Denver Comic Con. Read more on PAGES 12 and 13.

    ARVADANS SWOOPING IN TO COMIC CON

    Golden bluegrass festival attracts biggest crowd yetBy Christy Steadmancsteadman@coloradocommunitymedia.com

    Hundreds of people braved the week-end heat to enjoy some live bluegrass at the Golden Music Festival at Clear Creek History Park in Golden.

    In its 20th rendition, the June 10-12 turnout was probably the biggest yet, said Nathan Richie, director of Golden History Museums.

    The word is out that this is the best little bluegrass festival in Colorado, he said.

    And part of that is having it at Clear Creek History Park people enjoy hav-ing the unique venue.

    Front Country performs on the stage at Clear Creek His-tory Park in Golden on June 10 for the Golden Music Fes-tival. It was the bands first time in Golden. Photo by Christy Steadman

    Music brings good vibes and happy people

    Festival continues on Page 15

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    PEOPLE POWER EVIDENT ON TRAILS DAY Love was foundation that teacher built on Editors note: This is the last of an occasional series about Judy Racine, who retired this month after 40 years of teaching.

    Judy Racine kneels on the rug, the gaggle of second- and third-graders scattered around her. The learning target is printed neatly on the easel board: I can give kind, helpful and specific feedback.

    What does that mean? Judy asks.

    Landon: Specific means not just You did good. You have to say more than one word. You have to include because. You have to say why it was good.

    What about helpful?Austin: Being kind to them,

    giving some goal to help them improve their work.

    And what about kind?Tim: You shouldnt say, `I really

    dont like how you did that. You should say, `You did that pretty well, but maybe you should do

    Judy nods. Acknowledging the hard work first.

    Then she reinforces the impor-tance of the task.

    Second-graders, youre taking on a big responsibility. Your job is to be an audience and to help, to listen really hard to a third-grader share their Passage portfolio.

    This is the last week of classes. Third-graders, along with four other grade levels at Rocky Moun-tain School of Expeditionary Learning, are practicing for their presentation of their years work to community and teacher panels to demonstrate they are ready to move forward.

    They will talk about what they learned, how they grew as people, what wonderful ideas they have come upon as writers, readers,

    scientists, mathemati-cians, artists.

    Its this idea of pas-sage, Judy says, of mov-ing on.

    Lifes journey, after all, could be defi ned as a series of pas-sages: College graduation. First car. First job. Marriage. First child.

    This year, like her students, Judy, too, will be moving on. After 40 years of teaching, she is retiring.

    It is, she says, another part of my passage.

    Principal Chad Burns tells this story to illustrate the essence of Judys teaching.

    Hes at school on a Saturday, working. Judy and her husband, Joe, pull into the parking lot with a pickup truck fi lled with bags of mulch for the school garden, which Judys students have chosen as their service project for the year. They heap the bags onto the sidewalk near the playground.

    Where do you want me to take it? Burns asks.

    Oh, no, Judy answers. The mulch stays here. Theyll fi gure it out.

    The following Monday, before school starts, the second- and third-graders are marching across the playground in assembly-line forma-tion, carrying the bags and dropping them in the garden.

    Ann Macari Healey

    Healey continues on Page 6

    About me...For me, education is a priority both for

    myself and for others.Im 17, and for the past 10 years, Ive been

    a girl scout. I joined the organization when I was in fi rst grade as a way to make friends and connect with other scouts. I always saw them at King Soopers selling cookies and I thought that would be fun. Now I belong to troupe 1721 and its been a lot of fun. Ive got to learn a lot of things and experience a variety of opportuni-ties. As a freshman, I decided to earn my bronze and silver awards, two of the top honors a girl scout can receive - and by the time I fi nished my sophomore year of high school, I accomplished both.

    Now, Im working to obtain my gold award, the highest award a scout can receive and some-thing only 3 percent of scouts achieve.

    The project...Last summer I began mulling over different

    ideas for my gold award project. I went through four ideas from wanting to help save the orangutan habitat to ensuring students like me had fi nancial literacy before one of them stuck. I decided, after going through my own struggles in fi nancing my fi rst car, to pursue my award through the lens of fi nances. I want to en-sure all students in my school, Jefferson County and Colorado take a fi nancial literacy course before graduating high school.

    Over the past year Ive been studying how fi nancial literacy looks not only in my own life, but those of my friends, my sibling and other students my age, and have found that not only is a fi nancial class not required for high schoolers, often its not offered or has the right resources that are geared towards todays students. So, after meeting with my principal and my Family and Consumer Science teacher, I decided to write a unit on online fi nancial literacy. This class goes over the various ways of being safe

    online, including power points, activities videos and tests on online banking, password protec-tion and identity theft.

    The class was taught last year and was suc-cessful. My teacher, Diana Coulter, has now committed to teaching it as part of her fi nan-cial literacy course as long as shes teaching at Ralston Valley.

    But I dont want to stop there.Recently, I spoke to the Jeffco Board of Edu-

    cation, proposing they make a fi nancial literacy course a requirement for graduation. It went well, and Ive already had response from the dis-trict asking more about my research. I hope we can start talking about curriculum this summer.

    Many interestsOutside of my gold award, Im pretty active.

    Im an honors student with a 3.8 GPA, I play violin in a few of my schools orchestras as well in a couple symphonies outside of school. I am National Honor Society and a National Art Honor Society student. Ive also begun prepar-ing to audition for colleges I hope to attend for music education. I want to be an educator to share my love for music with other students my age and adults. Currently, the University of Northern Colorado, Seattle Pacifi c and Wheaton in Illinois have made the list.

    But my main goal, at least for my gold award, is to help make students feel ready and confi -dent when they go into college or wherever they go and that they know what to do with their money and have healthy fi nan