Disabled Vet Featured in Adaptive Sports Documentary March 2014

 

 

Disabled Vet Featured in Adaptive Sports Documentary

By Liz Emmett-Mattox

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How does a former Niwot High student end up featured in a documentary by Kurt Miller, son of the legendary Warren Miller? In the case of Jesse Murphree, the journey was not an easy one.

Murphree, whose family moved to Colorado when he was in sixth grade, attended Niwot High for his junior year and part of his senior year. Throughout that time, he was an avid snowboarder, riding two or three times per week when he could. 

After graduating from Northglenn High in 2005, inspired by the events of 9/11 and a family history of military service, he decided to enlist in the army. Murphree was stationed in Italy and then deployed to Afghanistan in 2007. 

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Subdivision Paving Advisory Committee March 2014

 

Subdivision Paving Advisory Committee

By Kim Glasscock

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Boulder County’s subdivision paving local improvement district advisory board will include both supporters and foes of the district on its citizen advisory committee.

On Jan. 30, county commissioners appointed seven homeowners in unincorporated residential subdivisions to serve on the citizen advisory committee, along with three alternates. Two members of the group, member Vince Hirsch of Boulder Heights and alternate Chuck Wibby of South Meadow-Gunbarrel Green, are among 110 unincorporated subdivision residents suing the county over formation of the subdivision paving LID. 

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Left Hand Laurel Boy Sout Troop 161 February 2014


Left Hand Laurel Boy Sout Troop 161

By Liz Emmett-Mattox
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Most of them can’t even drive yet, but that doesn’t stop the members of Boy Scout Troop 161 from making big contributions to their community. Between the community service projects they do as a troop and the Eagle Scout projects that are led by a single senior scout, and usually involve younger scouts and community members as volunteers, Troop 161 has shown a sustained commitment to improving the community around them.

Sponsored by Left Hand Grange where they hold their regular meetings, Troop 161 has been led for 20 years by Bill O’Donnell and other committed leaders including David Limbach and Dennis Kapela.

Dorinda Dembroski and other Grange members are grateful for the efforts of the Boy Scouts over the years. The Grange has been the beneficiary of several Eagle Scout projects with scouts painting the interior, cleaning out and building shelving for the medical supply closet, and most recently replacing the acoustic tiles in the ceiling.

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Literacy Advocate Kelly Blackman Honored February 2014


Literacy Advocate Kelly Blackman Honored
By Mary Wolbach Lopert
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To honor long time literacy advocate and Niwot Rotarian Kelly Blackman, the Niwot Rotary presented Niwot Elementary School with a check for $2,190.

According to Rotarian Pat Engstrom, the funds will be used to purchase a reading program called Leveled Literacy Intervention or LLI for kindergarteners.

While the district is buying the reading system for first through third grades, there wasn’t enough money for a kindergarten program. With the money raised to honor Blackman, the Rotary can not only purchase the LLI program, but will have enough additional funds to buy extra books for students to take home.

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Deputy Chief Steve Pischke Retires from MVFPD February 2014


Deputy Chief Steve Pischke Retires from MVFPD
By Liz Emmett-Mattox
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On Dec. 19, Mountain View Fire Protection District bid a fond farewell to Deputy Chief Steve Pischke. A member of the department since 2001, Pischke served in many capacities including fire prevention, fire investigations, information technology, building and vehicle maintenance, disaster preparedness, community outreach and public information officer. He also helped develop a wildland fire team and served as liaison officer with the Boulder County Type III and the Rocky Mountain Area Type I Incident Management Teams.

Pischke got his start in the fire service in Wheatridge in the early 1970s. He was hired as the first superintendent for recreation in Wheatridge, and a number of his colleagues in the parks and recreation department were part of the Wheatridge Volunteer Fire Department. He joined them as a volunteer, and eventually became a career firefighter with the City of Littleton Fire Department in 1980.

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