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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 92 | ISSUE 20

    December 31, 2015

    A publication of

    LakewoodSentinel.com

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    VoluntaryContributionVoluntaryP R O G R A M

    Wheat Ridge Cyclery brings more than 500 pounds of food to the needy

    By Andrea W. DoraySpecial to Colorado Community Media

    None of Wheat Ridge Cyclerys em-ployees are named Dasher, or Dancer, or Prancer, or Vixen. But 18 of them did load up sleighs full of warm clothes, food and toys, and took off on bicycles over snow-covered streets to deliver them to the Denver Rescue Mission warehouse.

    Part of our mission here at Wheat Ridge Cyclery is to give back, said Jeremy Jancovic, who coordinated the project, which ended with the biked-in dona-

    tion run on Dec. 18. We wanted to do something for the holidays, so we began collecting donations about three weeks before Thanksgiving.

    Through a combination of in-store displays, customer outreach and social media posts, employees at the store amassed more than 500 pounds of food and gifts.

    The idea to donate goods to the Den-ver Rescue Mission came from Wheat Ridge Cyclerys marketing director, Gil McCormick, Jancovic said. This year, just our employees built and delivered the sleighs. In the future, we hope to push this event out to the larger cycling com-munity.

    Employees of Wheat Ridge

    Cyclery including two sleigh driv-ers depart

    their shop to deliver more

    than 500 pounds of

    donated goods 11 miles away at the Denver

    Rescue Mis-sion. Photo by

    Steve Acuna

    Snow cant stop donation-toting cyclists

    Give continues on Page 7

    Amy Sue Pinto and her daughter, Liliana, 6, pick out childrens books at the 2015 fall Whale of a Used Book Sale on Oct. 23. Thanks to a property tax boost, Jeffco librar-ies will be able to expand services in 2016. Photo by Christy Steadman

    By Christy Steadmancsteadman@coloradocommunitymedia.com

    Jefferson County produced some forward-looking news in 2015, deciding on ways to improve the county fair and approving a tax increase to support the library. As the news continues into the New Year, here are some of the hot topics that began in 2015.

    Changeup with county commissionersIt was an unusually busy year for Jeffco

    commissioners.Republican Libby Szabo of Arvada was

    sworn in to serve as Jefferson County com-missioner for District 1 on Jan. 30. The seat was left vacant when Faye Griffin, who was elected to serve a four-year term in 2012, won the 2014 election for Jeffco clerk and recorder.

    Szabo was serving her third term as state representative for House District 27

    Lookingback atJeffco in 2015

    Jeffco continues on Page 5

    A look back at some of 2015s biggest developments

    By Clarke Readercreader@coloradocommunitymedia.com

    Lakewood was a city in transi-tion in 2015, with big changes coming in many forms. From leadership to new partnerships and neighbors, it was a dynamic year.

    Here are the top 10 stories of the year:

    1. City electionsLakewood saw a change in leader-

    ship, with three new faces joining the council, and Ward 4 councilman Adam Paul winning over Ward 1 councilwoman Ramey Johnson in the mayoral race.

    Charley Able was elected to the Ward 1 seat, Sharon Vincent in Ward 2, Pete Roybal was re-elected to Ward 3, Barbara Franks in Ward 4 and Dana Gutwein in Ward 5.

    Able, Vincent, Roybal and Franks were all anti-establishment candi-dates, who emphasized more conser-vative approaches to issues such as population growth and density.

    The new council was sworn in on

    Nov. 23 and looked forward to healing the rifts in the community.

    Councils main duty, I believe, is to build community, Able said. Thats what we need to do. We need to repair rifts that have appeared, and we need to build on our strengths and our common ground. We need to

    do so in an open, honest and trans-parent way.

    2. Federal Center Station neighborhood

    Lakewoods city council decided

    Mayor Adam Paul is sworn in by Judge Anne Stavig af-ter winning the seat in the Novem-ber 2015 election. Photos by Clarke Reader

    Residents near Stein and OConnell elementary schools attend a meeting to get an update on the new school plan on Oct. 11. They received information about the merged schools, and what the future holds.

    LAKEWOOD ON ROAD TO CHANGE

    2015 continues on Page 14

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    In my free timeI like going to sporting events my fa-

    vorite teams are probably the Broncos and Avalanche.

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    Weve been donating around $3,000 to $4,000 a month, and dont plan on stopping this offer. It will be great next year to see how much the money weve donated has helped.

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    School continues on Page 3

    Battles waged and change wrought in 2015

    By Crystal Anderson anderson@coloradocommunitymedia.com

    To say 2015 was a tumultuous year would be an understatement.

    Teachers, district staff, unions, students, parents and national organiza-tions all played a role in multiple battles this year. Topics of contention included teacher contracts, compensation, turn-over, curriculum, school facilities, and more.

    But what the year boiled down to was control of the school board. And this years election saw all fi ve seats in play, thanks to two incumbents choosing not to run again, and the other three ma-jority members Ken Witt, Julie Williams and John Newkirk faced a recall elec-tion.

    It was a bumpy ride, but below are the top fi ve news stories of 2015 from the Jeffco School District:

    Ushering in a new eraIn November, after two years of policy

    changes and contentious actions by the board majority of Ken Witt, Julie Williams and John Newkirk, an entirely new fi ve-member board was elected when minor-ity members Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman announced that they would not seek re-election.

    The new board, consisting of board president, Ron Mitchell, vice president, Ali Lasell, second vice president Susan Harmon, secretary Amanda Stevens and treasurer Brad Rupert, was elected by the more than 46 percent of Jefferson

    Countys 399,918 registered voters who turned out for the election. More than 64 percent of those who cast ballots voted to recall the Witt, Williams and Newkirk, a signifi cant shift in voter perception from just two years earlier.

    Ready to recallFed up with the direction of the

    former board majority, parents and community members across the county gathered in record numbers to recall them from offi ce. Led by the citizen group Jeffco United for Action, formed by parents Tina Gurdikian and Wendy McCord, the organization began seek-ing a recall in July with the blessing of the teachers union. Organizers hit the ground with petitions, hosting a kickoff party at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, knocking on doors and hosting signature col-lection sites up and down Wadsworth Boulevard. Within three weeks, the group had collected more than 30,000 signa-tures in support of the recall, a number double that required by