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Volume 7Number 8
Monthly Newspaper of the West Side, Denver, Colorado
December, 1970
Merry Christmas to All
Children at the Neighbor* hood House, 1265 Mariposa, enjoy a Christinas Party complete with Santa Claus.
Residents Work for Good Businesses on Broadway
Greyhound Bus Lines Purchase Car Agency Building on Colfax Avenue
About 80 concerned people met on November 30 to discuss the situation on Broadway. From this group a committee was elected to work on strategy to combat the general deterioration on Broadway. Another meeting of the community south of Sixth Avenue has been set tentatively for January 19, 7:30 p.m. at St. Johns Lutheran Church, Third and Acoma.
Plans are being made to have Councilman Burke at the meeting and a represen-
The West Side Improvement Association at its regular monthly meeting elected new officers for a one year term. The officers elected were Henry Maestas, 769 Elati, President; Waldo Benavidez, 1110 Mariposa Street, Vice-President; Anna Flores, 1319 Navajo, Secretary; and Wilma Dabrowski, 1115 Inca, Treasurer.
Concern was expressed by the Directors with three critical problems. The increasing heavy truck useage of West Side streets not designated for truck usage was pointed out as a problem which needs immediate action because of the
A group called "Concerned Parents of West High, Is now being established. Recommendations of the Educational Task Force under the Metropolitan Denver Urban Coalition are to form Concerned Parents Committees in school areas whose aims are *to reduce the number of personal grievances Incurred by students and parents which are either misunderstandings, products of inequitable treatment, or rules which
tative of FACE (Federally Assisted Conservation Endeavor). The main purpose of the meetings will be to get a petition circulating concerning the Art 16 theater. The theater has a court date coming up in regards to its operation. The district attorneys office has indicated that a petition signed by neighborhood residents may be influential in how the case is decided. Watch for further announcements concerning this meeting and plan to attend.
West Side. Another traffic problem which the West Side residents are complaining about is parking in the area betweeen Colfax, Mariposa, Speer and 11th Avenue. The Association directors have received numerous complaints about student parking all day in front of private homes, leaving no space for the West Side residents to park in front of their own homes. The third issue is the general problem of substandard housing, abandoned houses, dirty yards, and alleys and junk cars. The Association voted to take a survey of West Side hazards and contact the proper agencies urging immediate action.
produce unfair treatment.
A meeting was held October 15th at the Youth Center of the First Mennonite Church, 430 West 9th Avenue with parents, teachers and students to try to Identify the major problems at West High.
Interested persons who wish to participate, please call Reverend John Ventura, Chairman or Mrs. Abie R. Duarte, Co-chairman at the Auraria Community Center, 034-7614.
Greyhound Bus Lines has purchased the Bob Reed Ford building on Colfax between Lipan and Mariposa. Greyhound plans to open a new terminal at this location by mid-1971 and to then close its downtown terminal at Glenarm and 17th Street.
Announcement of the move raised fears bn the West Side that the neighborhood would be deluged with bus traffic and with taxis and private automobiles en route to pick up bus passengers.
Coalition Will Support Sign Code Proposal
The West Side Coalition voted at its November 18 Board meeting to support the proposed sign code prepared by the Denver Planning Office. The sign code would eliminate all general advertising billboards in Denver and would restrict signs to those advertising goods or services to be purchased on the same property as the sign.
The proposed code would limit signs to 25 feet in height. Projecting signs as well as flashing and animated signs would be prohibited. The surface area of signs would be limited in different zones with the smallest signs permitted in residential areas.
Signs that did not conform to the code would be phased out over a five year period to permit owners to recover the signs value. If the sign code passes City Council streets such as Broadway and Santa Fe would, over the next few years, lose much of their cluttered appearance.
Because of traffic problems the Greyhound and Trailways bus terminals have long been recognized as undesirable at their present downtown locations. Several attempts to persuade the two companies-to move into a joint terminal in an area where they would not cause traffic congestion or damage a residential neighborhood has failed. Instead Greyhound has decided to move its operation nex to the Lincoln Homes on the West Side.
SUPPORT BOYCOTT UFWOC (United Farm Workers Of California boy-cotters in Denver need your support to win a contract with Bud Antle, largest nonunion lettuce grower in. California. They need your help to free Cesar Chavez from jail. For information on ways to support the boycott call or visit UFWOC headquarters at 3138 Humboldt St., 534-8351.
American Lutheran
Churches .........$200
Catholic Archdiocese 200 Colorado Printers ...... 10
Engineering Drafting
School ........... 10
Germaine Aragon
Family & Friends .... 10 First Bethany Lutheran Church .... 10 First Mennonite
Church ............ 10
Inner City Parish ... 10
St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church.... 10
St. John's Lutheran
Church ........... 10
St. Joseph's
Catholic Church... 10
Wesley United
Methodist Church ..10 West Side Coalition .... 10
Holiday Schedule At Auraria Center Is Announced
Auraria Community Center will be open from 1-5 p.m. during the Christmas Holidays. A sliding party in the mountains for youngsters 6-12 is scheduled for Monday, December 30, also from 10-
3. Those interested should pick up a permission slip at the enter.
The next Family Night will be held Friday evening, January 15. Watch for announcements of the activity.
Mrs. Josephine Perez of 1154 Kalamath was elected to the Board of Governors of the Metro Denver Fair Housing Center at the Centers annual meeting December 3. Mrs. Perez was selected as a representative of the West Side Action Council. Also elected to fill representaive seats were Robert Bean of the East Side Action Council and Arthur P. Ryan of the Inter-Faith Task Force.
Earlier, at its regular November meeting the Board made appointments to fill vacancies in four unexpired terms for representative seats. Appointed were: Darryl Gray, Denver Native Americans United; Floyd Marks, Adco Improvement Association; George Garcia, Crusade for Justice; and Abelardo Delgado, Colorado Migrant Council.
Maestes Elected New President Of West Side Improvement Assoc.
high density of children on the
Concerned Parents of West High7 New Group Now Being Formed

Statement on Situation At Auraria Center
Guest Ed itorial
I am writing to let you know that the Auraria Board o
Directors at its November 23rd meeting terminated Mrs. Betsy Kester as Center Director. In their letter to Mrs. Kester the Board explained that when conrol of the Board of Directors was achieved through the election of a majority of its membership among residents of the neighborhood, it became apparent that many members preferred to employ an executive director with whom they felt more comfortable and to whom they could relate more readily.
The task of continuing and broadening the work of the Center now faces us and for this reason I am asking for your advice and help. It is our hope that substantial progress can be made at the Center.
At the November meeting the Board voted to retain the social service approach as an integral part of its program. It is fair to say that the Board does not plan to eliminate any program but, instead, to try to extend community involvement in the Centers existing programs. The Board contemplates no further staff changes and trusts that with a new director the present staff will quickly accomplish the Boards goal of broadened community participation in Center activities.
For this goal to be attained the support of all those concerned with the Center will, however, be essential. I am, therefore, on behalf of the Board, requesting the assistance of staff members, center members, West Siders, and all those concerned with this neighborhood in the task of making the Auraria Community Center a center for all the West Side community.
With your help we can do this. I would appreciate any advice that you have for making Auraria a more meaningful community center.
Very sincerely yours,
Anna Flores
Auraria Board of Directors
Metro Denver Construction Plan Formed To Place More Minority Persons in Jobs
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Recorder Task Force Chairman: Don Schierling.
Managing Editor:
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Staff: Germaine Aragon, Betty Benavidez, Waldo Benavidez, Alberta Crespin, Anna Flores, Jerry. Garcia, Barbara Karr, Tom Martinez, Dean Punke, Lelia Romero.
Contributors: Martha Cooper, Evelyn Elfstrom, Vic Romero, Gene Martinez, Albert Agu-ayo.
Photography: Barbara Baker, Raymond Castro.
Artwork: John Flores. Advertising and Distribution Manager: Ruperto Guedea, Jr. Mailing Crew: St. John Lutheran Church.
History Made in Colorado Elections
by Andres DePineda The voting public of District Seven helped make history by electing Mrs. Betty Benavidez, the first Mexican American woman to serve in the House of Representatives in Colorado .
At the County Assembly, Mrs. Benavidez won top line designation over Paco Sanchez, the popular owner of the Spanish speaking radio station KFSC. Later she withstood the challenge of all the Independent Candidates only to later defeat the Republican Candidate Kit Coke in the November 3rd election by a majority of over four to one.
Other Chicano candidates e-lected to the House of Representatives were Mr. Ruben Valdez of Denver and Mr. Leo Lucero of Pueblo, Colorado.
In checking historical records, Colorado residents have elected over 85 Chicanos to the Senate since 1861. The first Territorial Representatives were Mr. Jose Victor Garcia of Conejos County and Jesus Barela in 1861. Later came famous names like, Francisco Sanchez of Costilla County, who served four terms in the Senate from 1868 to 1876 and Casimiro Barela, a Senator from Las Animas County, who came to the Senate in 1872 and served for almost half, a century. He adopted the name of the Internal Senator, that will always be remembered.
In recent terms, there have only five terms in which no Chicanos were elected to the Senate. The years to follow in the 70s will prove that many Chicanos will make great strides in the political avenues.
Although Mrs. Benavidez and the other two Chicanos were e-lected, we are still under represented per population in every phase of politics. We must become more involved in politics and begin to organize and to support our candidates. We must work hard before and after all elections and we must do it together.
The Board of Directors of Auraria Community Center terminated the services of Mrs. Kester at a regular meeting of the board on November 23. A small majority of the Board carried the vote after a meeting in which about seventy-five persons from the neighborhood attended and several asked the Board members questions as to why the action was taken and what were to be the plans for the Community Center. The Board terminated Mrs. Kester saying when the control of the Board of Directors was achieved through the election of a majority of its members among residents of the neighborhood, it became apparent that many members preferred to employ an executive director with whom they felt more comfortable and to whom they could relate more readily.
The Auraria Board of Directors is made up of many individuals from the neighborhood, who were elected from a large slate of candidates in May, 1970. Some of these members had had recent active participation at the Center and several had previously had limited or no involvement at the Center. At the Board meeting the personnel committee said they thought the Center should have more and perhaps different programs. The Board did vote to continue the social work program at the Community Center.
Auraria Community Center receives its basic operating fund from the United Way. It has about $70 000 for year long operation of
the Center. It is reasonable for pickup of the building, heating and utilities in the building, and program staff and supplies for activities of the community center. It must stretch this money over a twelve month period in order to keep activities going throughout the year.
The meeting of the Auraria Board demonstrated that the community of Denvers West Side is made up of a variety of opinions and ideas. This is not unusual and probably as it should be. That meeting showed why it is so important for the different groups in a community to listen to one another and strive to gain common meeting ground. A question the meeting brings up is how does a representative group gain members from all segments of the community they are to represent? How do representatives continue to gain enough information and total community input to represent others? However these questions demonstrate how important it is that current Center members and interested individuals continue to attend Board meetings, and communicate to the 40 Board members program interests and concerns.
Mrs. Kester can well be satisfied in the work she has done at the Community Center and with the genuine outpouring of concern over her termination. Those who have voiced this concern would do well to volunteer to be a part of Center committees and attend Board meetings in order to continue to be a part of the Center.
There are 12,790 union members in the Denver metropolitan area. Of these 1,000 are Chicanos; 150 are Blacks.
These statistics quoted by Bill Roberts explain why the Metro Denver Construction Plan was formed to aid minority members who wish to join unions.
Roberts, who is director, explained the federally-funded program under the Department of Labor hopes to recruit and place on jobs in the 18 crafts in the construction ifield 300 men within 18 months.
Running ahead of schedule because of the demand and increased unemployment, 40 men have been placed since the program began Oot. 27.
Interested persons over 17 years of age may apply at the Denver Plan office, 2411 Welton Street.
To qualify applicants must be interested in learning a craft, physically fit, a U.S. citizen or
Twelve new classrooms, a new library and a lunchroom are being proposed by the administration for the new Fairmont Addition. A committee made up of teachers and community people are looking at this and at what the school and community want in their school. The committee needs to know NOW what the community wants in the way of program in their school in the future. A report must be made for the architects by the first of February. Please make your ideas and desires known NOW to any of the following people: Kennth Goff, principal at Fairmont; Ruben Leal, 722-5615; Richard Deanda, 255-9513; Gordon Jorgenson, 825-4862, or Rachel Guedea, 266-1445.
applying to become one, and a Chicano, Black, or Indian.
Help is offered in choosing a craft with on-sight inspection tours of construction projects and talks with journeymen. Then a person may be placed in one oi four classes a trainee, no experience; advanced trainee, experienced; journeyman lacks license, and apprentice. The Urban League handles the apprentice applicants through their LEAP program.
After a man is placed, he is paid a wage and also obtains job-related instruction six hours per week, either at night or on Saturdays.
Once a week the enrollees are contacted by a counselor from the program who discusses his progress and problems with him and the contractor and journeyman.
Roberts said in the past color definitely has made a difference on whether a man was accepted by a union or not. But, he said, that atmosphere no longer prevails and the union representatives he has talked with are determined to alter this imbalance.
In Denver, Roberts reported most unions are cooperating with the program.
Minority coalition members serving on the policy committee include Waldo Benavidez, Henry Montoya, Lawrence Lewis, Joe Boyd, Cliff Wise and Ray Pfeifer. Alternates are Tony Lovato and Gene Howell.
Officers are James Brown, chairman; Hubert Jones, vice-chairman; Albert Hernandez, treasurer, and George Wester-berg, secretary. Other committee members representing both contractors and union are Bem-ie MacMenamy, Robert Lamping, Harold Stillman and Roy Nylander.
Further information may be obtained by calling 534-6157.
... Ramblings...
Starting this month all of the RECORDERS to West E | Siders will be mailed. If you do not get one you can pick § i one up at the Action Center, Inner City Parish, Auraria | i Community Center, Empire Cleaners, Andys Market, or § E one of the Action Ministry churches. We hope that this E s will improve our distribution record. Again many E S thanks to all those people who have been doing such a E 1 good job door to door, we just didnt have enough like E S you. E
E My wife and I really enjoyed our evening at West E E High, listening to the concert band and the concert E E choir. They add a great deal to our community and we E E should all be proud of them. E
E We do want to wish each and every West Sider E S (mailing list people too) a very merry Christmas and E E the happiest of New Years. g
Page 2WEST SIDE RECORDER, December, 1970

Jose and Rose Lopez
You have to go a long way to find another place as good to live as the West Side according to Jose Lopez, of 367 Bannock Street.
Two years ago when Jose and his wife, Rose, decided to buy a home they considered other parts of the city, but purchased a home on Bannock Street because of the people in the community.
There are all types of people in our neighbor-
hood, Lopez said, Spanish, Anglos, Hungarians, and all get along well together.
The West Side is the greatest, he repeated, even if it has a lot of problems.
The first problem to be solved is education. He feels that the parents should all get together and demand the standards of education that other schools in the city have. He says there are some fine teachers in the West Side schools but they could use more and better teachers. Then the curriculum would come up, he added.
The level of education also would improve, Mrs. Lopez said, if the teachers would stay and not just teach in the
area one year or two.
The Lopez family does not talk about the needs of the West Side. They actively try to improve conditions.
Both work with the schools. Mr. Lopez who grew up and attended the schools here graduating from West High, was Fairmonts first male PTA president last year. He doesnt feel that its necessarily a womans role and thinks more men should get involved in PTA. As president he scheduled monthly sessions so that the parents and teachers could discuss all their problems concerning the education of the children and get them all out in the open.
He said sometimes there were hard feelings and people left the meetings upset, but it didnt last very long. And we were communicating, he said. I think there was better understanding on the part of the teachers.
Mrs. Lopez is on the advisory committee at Baker Junior High School. She has been with the Elati Head Start for the past five years as parent programmer.
She encourages her Head Start parents to become involved with the schools as their children go on, to be interested, to have an opinion, and to speak up.
Head Start does a lot for
National City Bank is convenient, for one
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99 South Broadway
Adult Education Tutorial Program
The Adult Education Tutorial Program is now in its seventh year. Most of the classes in this program are planned to Ihelp adults review for the General Educational Development (GED) test, a nationally standardized examination which entitles those who pass to a high school equivalency certificate.
Day classes, mobile unit classes, and night classes offer a program for preparation toward the GED (classes in math, reading, English, science, social studies), and a program in Adult Basic Education, as well as classes in English as a second language, public speaking, typing, and shorthand. All classes
are small, informal learning' groups which allow for a maximum of individual instruction.
The program has three main centers: St. Elizabeths at 1040 1th St., St. Rose of lima at 1345 W. Dakota, and the Community Education Center at 4663 Pearl. The program also has a mobile Unit called the Desk which will have four stops in Denver. If you are Interested in continuing your education call the Adult Education Tutorial Program at 255-7759 or 255.2918, or stop by at one of the centers. The program also is in need of additional volunteer tutors to assist in conducting dasses.
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Jose LopezWest Sider
the whole family, Mrs. Lopez adds. The parents often are afraid to talk to a teacher or social worker, as I used to be. Head Start gives them that experience and perhaps it will carry on into later school years.
Head Start gives the children who have never been to a school this experience and in a one teacher to 5 children situation. The schools are overcrowded now, they dont get that attention again.
The Lopez also agreed that the schools should be more involved in the total community. They gave Baker programs as an example of what the schools can do typing and adult education courses, summer programs, and the drug program for students and parents.
Another serious problem on the West Side, they mentioned was the prices charged by local grocery stores. They are especially too ex-
pensive for persons on food stamps, they said.
Also there are new people moving into the neighborhood who do not speak English well and have no one to interpret for them. Both Mr. and Mrs. Lopez speak Spanish and would be glad to help any with such a need.
Besides his job at Samsonite Corporation which he has held for 16 years Jose is active in the West Side Coalition. Were always involved, he said, with the Grape Boycott or whatever is important.
The Lopez children are Debbie, 14, and Terry, 13, who are at Baker, and Robin, 11, and Timothy, 7, who attend Fairmont.
If each West Side resident followed the words of Jose Lopez every person should get involved and express your opinion, perhaps the problems could be solved more quickly.
Jose and Rose at home with their four children
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NOTICE! Santa Fe Theatre is being remodeled and should be opened by New Year's weekend.
Les Deceamos Que Tengan IJna Feliz
Navidad y IJn Prospero Ano Nuevo.
Abel Gallegos Manager
WEST SIDE RECORDER, December, 1970Page 3

Mr. Adolph Lopez, working with his students (L-R) Elmer Gonzales, Frank Rodriguez, Mr. Lopez, John Sanchez, Jeff Ashton, Ray Martinez, and Carl Ybarra.
Language Art Class
A language arts class is being conducted at Baker Jr. High School. 150 students are participating in this program. They are concentrating on science, social studies, and language arts. The main purpose of the program is to improve the reading level of the students.
Students with good attend-ence, motivation, and showing responsibility are selected for this program. For every student that is in this class, there are 3 waiting to get in. Mr. Albert Aguayo, one of the teachers said their goals are to improve individual reading levels by a minimum of 1 to 2 years for each student, as 600 out of 900 students are 2 or more years below grade level in reading.
The program is using the EDL 100 Reading Lab and associated equipment to accomplish these goals. Also teaching in the program are Miss Geraldine Hodges and Mr. Grady Lee.
The Baker faculty hopes to start an adult reading program in the evenings. It would be geared to drop-outs, those who have been denied adequate educational opportunities and others wishing to improve their reading. Hopefully this would help these adults to find better jobs, keep these jobs and also to qualify for the GED exam.
The community is invited to visit the reading Lab at Baker any weekday while classes are in session between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Three Baker students, Gary Ashton, Frank Rodriquez, and
New Electronics Classes Honor Roll
This fall, at Baker Junior High, a new course in industrial education has been introduced. Basic electricity-electronics is now taught to eighth graders at the school This was made possible through the efforts of the administration to improve and broaden the education at Baker and their success in receiving a state funded grant which financed the course.
There is practically no facet of our modem industrialized society in which electronics does not play an important part. E-lectronics is very important to our way of life. With a knowledge of electronics, our children will have a better understanding of the world around them. Electronics can be fun to learn. Our children will discover how electronics may lead to an interest that will last a lifetime either as a hobby or a vacation.
Electronics is a method of controlling electricity. By controlling electricity in various ways, we can make it do useful work. For example, the transistors in a portable radio are electronic parts that control electricity in a certain way to make weak electric signals stronger.
The electronics course is designed to help the student learn the basic ideas of electronics through personal experience with a variety of electronic circuits, which he sets up with the components included in the DE-VRY ELECTRONICS TRAINER. The use of templates and notched component mounting boards enable the student to set up experimental circuits quickly and easily. Thus, if the student carefully follows the instructions in each experiment, he should encounter no difficulty in obtaining meaningful results.
The faculty of Baker Junior High has established a permanent Awards Committee to reward those students who have been able to achieve in various areas of school life. The Committee members are: Mrs. Beverly Hill, Mr. Ad Lopez, Miss Sally Lucero, Miss Jean Me-Birnie, and Mr. David Sanger.
The first two projects of the Committee have been to establish an Honor Roll and an A-chievement Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes all of the students whose grade average is a B. The Achievement Roll lists the names of those students who raise their grade at least one grade point in three or more classes.
Miss Colleen Marquez of the 7th grade deserves special honor in that she had a straight A average for the first six weeks.
Carl Wright and Joe Cordova are just two of the many Baker students who are getting to use the new language arts equipment this year.
If you have draft or selective service problems, Denver University law students are now available to help you. They will be happy to give you assistance in making appeals or in getting deferments from military service. Call or stop at the Urban Center, 221 25th St., or telephone 292-9186 and ask for draft help. The service is free.
NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES Mrs. Lea Williams of 1333 Mariposa and daughter, Lucy Williams of 1459 Mariposa and grandson Rudy ,went to Savannah, Georgia on December 2 to visit Remus Blake, brother of Lea. On the way, they stopped in Chicago, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri; and Nashville, Tennessee. Rudy, age 14, and a student at Baker Jr. High was impressed with the altogether different way of life in the South. He saw an abundance of Cypress and Magnolia trees.
Folks working in the. cotton fields. They visited the Appalachians Mountains where they saw the hard working mountain folks really struggling for a living. Rudy would like a return visit
Mrs. Beatrice Leyba and
family of 1367 'Lipan Street is another newcomers to our neighborhood. Her children are Darlene, 18 yrs., who attends Colorado University, Demo, 17 yrs., who attends West High, and James, 13 yrs., who is at Baker Jr. High. WELCOME!
Our Warmest Good Wishes and Thank You
(from the RECORDER, the Action Ministry, and West Siders)
Carl Ybarra, working in the electronics class.
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First Avenue Presbyterian 120 West First Avenue Rev. A. J. Blomquist, Pastor Sunday School9:45 a.m.
Classes for all ages. Morning Worship11:00 a.m. Bible Study & Prayer Service Wednesday7:30 p.m. Sunday evening meetings at 7:00 p.m.
Jesus said, By this shall all men know that you are my disciples if you love one another.
This Christmas and New Year
First Mennonite Church
430 W. 9th AVENUE 892-1039 Kermit Derstine and Don Schierling Ministers
to the following persons who have delivered the West Side Recorder
Auraria Community Center Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Serumgard
Mr. and Mrs John Van Velkinburgh and family Mrs. Carmen Hodges Mrs Amelia Alvarado Mrs. Sam Herrera Mrs. Betty Benavidez Mrs. Olga Apple Mrs. Leona Partney Mrs. F. Evangelista Mrs. Manuel Lara Boys Club
Mrs. William Martinez Olen Hershberger Rod MacDonald Mel Birky Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Holdeman and family Mr. and Mrs. Bab Sherman and family
this year.
Feliz Natividad!
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ulery and family Chris Miller Mr. and Mrs. Ruperto Guedea and family Mr. and Mrs. James Hall Mr. and Mrs. John Brunick
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gumma
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kenny H. L. Harrison Jim Welfe Elmer Anderson Elmer Haviland Mrs. Virginia Sturdevant and family
Mrs. Juanita Winterhalder Mrs. Victoria Martinez Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hosek and family
Mr. and Mrs. Max Trujillo
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Trujillo and family Mrs. Mary Lopez Fred Zook Alberta Crespin Lite Lucero Dannie Gordy Josephine Perez Germaine Aragon Jaye Marquez Emily Lucero Connie Griego Ramona Rodriguez Leila Romero Rick Hughes Claude Flye Joe Trujillo Don Egli
Girl Scout Troop 1028 Virginia Garcia Samuel Valdez family Ray Yoder
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DENVER, Colo.James O. Fluckey, vocal music instructor at Denvers West High School, has been selected as Colorado Teacher of the Year for 1971.
Fluckey was one of five finalists selected in this years program. The annual program is sponsored by the Colorado Department of Education. Fluckey will be the states nominee for National Teacher of the Year.
James Fluckey was nominated for the award by Mrs. Irma A. James, Dean of Girls at West High School.
Melody Lopez, concert choir member at West High School and one of Jim Fluckeys students, said that he is one teacher who certainly deserves recognition for giving of himself to the teaching profession. She continued, Tve know students who stay in school only because Mr. Fluckey has kept their interest in school through choir. He is someone you know who cares.
In endorsing Fluckeys nom-
West Highs Finest
inatidn. for Teacher of the Year, Jerry E. Reed, supervisor of English for the Denver Public Schools said, I testify that not only has he taught young people to singhe has taught their hearts to soar.
A native of Denver, Fluckey attended the Denver Public Schools and was graduated from South High School in 1940. His musical talent was already obvious and he became a member of the Denver Symphony Orchestra for a two-year period. Then came service in the Army, which assigned him to a specialized training program in foreign languages at the University of Chicago. Upon completion of his training, he served abroad as an interpreter in civil affairs in military government in Germany and in camps for refugees and displaced persons.
Following the war, Fluckey returned to the United States with his Parisian bride, the former Annette Levert, and completed his A. B. Degree at the University of Denver in 1946.
He started his career in education in Burlington, Colorado, teaching French and music. In 1955 the Flukeys returned to Denver where Jim taught one year at Merrill Junior High School before joining the faculty at West. Since completing his masters degree at the Uni-
key has taught music, French, social studies, and stage craft at West.
According to Mrs. James, one of the more significant e-vents each year at West High School has been the traditional performances of The Singing Christmas Tree which Fluckey directs.
She states that Fluckey devotes himself to his teaching career without excluding his wife and four children.
Active in both church and community music groups, Flue-key was director of the North Deiver Civic Chorus for three years, the Junior High School All-City Choir for seven years and has long served as music director of the Cameron Methodist Church. He has written childrens operettas and has participated in Denvers recent all-school summer programs in musical theater.
Fluckey is a former president of the Denver Music Educators Association, a former area director of the Denver Classroom Teachers' Association, and has served three years on the West High School Building Committee, on which he currently serves as president. His wife and family join him in working with both the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and for UNEJSCO. They have been very active in the experiment for international living.
In his philosophy of education, Fluckey said, We love Friday afternoon, but hot more than Monday morning when we can have at em again. And through it all we secretly feel sorry for those who dont share the privilege of being a school teacher. He said I sincerely believe that the success of a teacher is 95 percent love, 1 percent skill, and the rest dumb
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Dr. R. Wesley Johnson, West High School principal, said, Mr. Fluckeys attributes as a professional teacher go far beyond ones abilities to really describe in words. In the dass-room he is sympathic toward students but draws from them always a maximum effort.
Effective January 1971, the Food Stamp Office at 1360 Speer Boulevard, will not be open on Saturday mornings for sale of food stamps or certification of clients.
Neighborhood Notes A broken leg is keeping Germaine Aragon of 1310 Navajo St. confined to her home and unable to participate in the community which she likes to do. She thanks relatives, friends, and neighbors who came to see her while at the hospital and also for the gifts she received.
Christinas Services First Avenue Presbyterian Church at First and Acoma will have a Christmas Day worship service at 9 a.m. on December 25. There will be singing of Christmas carols and hymns.
Girl Scout News
Girl Scouts at Fairmont have been busy getting ready for Christmas. Troop 1028 has been working in two groups. The girls under the direction of Mrs. Betty Shattuck have been making a gift for their mothers. They also attended the singing Christmas Tree at West High. Refreshments they made for their party will give them credit towards their cooking badges.
The other group under Mrs. Virginia Sturdevant made puppets for the Elati Head Start which will give them some credit towards their needlework badge. They also went Christmas caroling and had chili afterwards.
Brownie Troop 1229 recently toured the new Denver General Hospital. They had a Christmas party to which they invited their parents.
There has been a good response to scouting this year at Fairmont. Girls may still join. Fourth through sixth graders should contact Mrs. Shattuck, 892-6718 or Mrs. Sturdevant, 722-0133. Second and third grade girls should call Mrs. Priscilla Peters, 777-0945 or Mary Chavez, 733-1282.
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Neighborhood Notes
Michelle Cintas, daughter of Mir. and Mrs. Ernest Cintas, and granddaughter of Mrs. Agapita Sandoval of 1230 West 10th Ave. Michelle was born November 4, 1970.
Wilma Dabrowski of 1115 Inca St., received a broach and earrings set, besides gifts of money and cards from her employer and co-workers for her birthday in November. Mrs. Dabrowski works at Welton Department Store.
Twins Cathy and Connie Alire of 1308 Navajo St, recently went to Amalia, New Mexico to visit their mother, Mrs. Alice Alire.
Vickie Salazar, formerly an employee of Denver Housing at 1441 Navajo St., is now attending Community College. She is studying general clerical and will soon go into data processing. Good luck Vickie.
Mr. William E. Wheeler of 1040 W. Colfax Ave., had his son William H. Wheeler, Jr. and family visit him for a weekend recently.
Paul Arnold is home on furlough from Vietnam where he had been stationed for over a year. Said Paul, The West Side never looked so beautiful, welcome and warm as when 1 got here. After living the tragedies of war and not knowing whether I would be alive or not the next moment, I give thanks to God that 1 came back alright. 1 was one of the lucky ones for 1 got only a small piece of shrapnel in my leg. X hope X will be stationed at Fort Carson so I can be near home. Paul's home is at 1328 Navajo SI, where he lives with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Arnold.
Regino and Viola' Gonzales and children of 1231 Tenth St., took a trip to Mexico. They went sightseeing and shopping in various cities. Leonard, their son and a student at Baker especially likes the Mexican style boots he bought.
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Mrs. Edna Matthews is a newcomer to the West Side. She resides at 1239 W. 13th Avenue and is formerly of Chicago, Illinois.
Mrs. Emilia Barela, wife of Chris Barela passed away at their home at 1407 Mariposa St. tills month. Mass was said for Mrs. Barela at St. Cajetans church. Mrs. Barela lived on the West Side for many years.
Bennie and Phyllis Mares of 939 Lipan St. were on vacation this month. They visited Aspen, Rifle, and Grand Junction. They camped at Vegas Reservoir and went fishing and camping for 1% weeks.
Delores AUres of 1325 Kala-math St. passed away Sept. 28 at her home. She Is survived by three brothers. They are Felix and Melaqulas of Denver and Willie of San Luis, Colo. Mass was said at St. Cajetans where Miss Alires had 'been a member of the Sacred Heart League.
Mr. Mariano Ruiz, St, of 1066 Osage St, went to visit his son who is a patient at Colorado State Hospital. Mr. Ruiz said, I urge parents, relatives and friends who have someone in the State Hospital to please visit them. Quite often these folks are forgotten it seems. A visit, letter or card keep their hopes up and often this is the only link they have of the outside world.
Orlando Michael Martinez, husband of Esther Martinez, had been in the Navy 3 months and is stationed in San Diego, Calif. Mr. Martinez volunteered. He has not seen overseas duty yet, but expects to. The couple has a son Orlando, Jr. Ben and Frances Martinez are Orlandos parents. Both families live at 700 Elati St.
A former West Side resident, Anastasio Ruben Trujillo, 37 years old, died unexpectedly Nov. 8 at his home, 5507 Monaco Street.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, and four stepchildren, Ray, Robin, Bonnie, and Helen. Other survivors include Mrs. Irene Ortega, and Mrs. Esther Perez, of Denver, and Mrs. Connie Garcia, Rose Mead, Calif.
After 17 years in the Air Force, Trujillo received a disability retirement in 1965, as a Master Sergeant. He had lived in Denver since his retirement and was employed at Fitzsim-ons General Hospital.
Trujillo was born in Walsen-berg, but educated here and attended St. Cajetans, Baker Junior High and West High Schools.
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Short Profiles of Council Members
The following is a brief introduction to the young people on Denver Opportunitys West Side Youth Center Council You can learn more about the center and council by dropping by at 1438 Navajo St., or by calling them at 255-5493. Mr. Dan Trujillo is the director.
L Mike Maestas 1414 Osage
Mike attends St. Josephs and plans to go into the Marines after he finishes high school. A new council member, he feel9 the experience will be good for him and help me understand and communicate with people.
2. Bob Torres 267 Cherokee
Bob is 18 and wants to try to get his GED. He says this about his position on the council: 1 like helping the youth with things other than getting high to help get them up and to get a little experience.
S. Angela Sepulveda 326 Cherokee
1 joined the Council because I wanted to do something different. And I am doing different things and meeting different people.
4. Lawrence Martinez
When asked why he was a
council member, Lawrence replied, Because Tin hep. After graduating from West, he would like to become a carpenter or mechanic. He is 16.
5. John Gallegos 1467 Navajo
John, or Aggie, is 20 and goes to Metro. He has no idea what he wants to do as a career, but feels he may be able to help improve the West Side by serving on the council.
6. A1 Vigil
1027 10th Street
A student at West, A1 feels he can help people and they can help me out too, by being a council member.
7. Diane Lucero
1448 Osage, 534-8059
Diane is 14 and goes to West. She says she is on the council to bring in new ideas and learn to communicate. She has no plans yet about the future.
8. Rose Chavez
1232 West Cedar, 292-5138
Rose Chavez is 18 and is a new council member. However, after attending four meetings she
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feels the idea of the Youth Council is cool; it has all kinds of projects to help the West Side. It needs something like this. She continued by saying that her favorite project is the school bus proposal which will give kids and grownups rides to places they would not otherwise have transportation to.
After high school Rose would like to attend the University of Colorado and eventually become an elementary education teacher.
9. Jay Alire 321*1379
Freshman at CSU, chairman of the West Side Youth Council. Holds a seat on the DO Board.
10. Eustacio Martinez 1422 Osage, 825-7737
This sixteen-year-old member wants to go into the Navy after graduating from West High. About his work on the council, Eustacio says, *T feel that we have money to spend, and I can help by getting kids involved at the West Side and with what we do here.
1L Barbara Florez
1256 W. 10th Avenue
Barbara is a Freshman at Metropolitan State College and is 17 years old. After school she would like to work with kids, having been an art major in college. She wants to help people in my community and has therefore taken a seat on the council.
12. Bea Acosta 1448 Osage
A student at Metro, Bea is 18 and would like to go into data processing as her life work. Of her work on the council (Bea is the only original member, so is most experienced on the concept of serving on the council): Because Ive lived in the West Side all my life, I figure I know
pretty much whats going on here. I feel I can help with the problems in the West Side.
13. Fred Maestas 1414 Osage
A student at St. Josephs, Fred wants to be an automotive mechanic. He says, the council is worth being on because it helps me get a better look at how I can help the people around the community and help myself. Its also something to do.
14. Diana Sanchez
1414 Navajo, 623-0909
Diana is 16 and attends West High. A cheerleader, she had to leave immediately after the meeting and couldnt be interviewed.
Varsity Basketball All games at Arena Jan. 9, SaturdayWest vs. Manual, 3 p.m.
Jan. 16, SaturdayKennedy
vs. West, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 22, FridayWest vs. Lincoln, 4:15 p.m.
Jan. 23, SaturdayNorth vs. West, 1:30 p.m.
Winter Season Wrestling Jan. 8, FridayWashington vs. West, 4:15 p.m. at West
Jan. 15, Friday West vs. South, 4:15 p.m. at South
Jan. 16, SaturdayWest vs. East, 7:30 p.m. at East
Jan. 29, FridayWest vs Manual, 4:15 p.m. at Manual
Jan. 30, SaturdayWest vs. Jefferson, 7:30 p.m. at Jefferson
Febr. 4, ThursdayLincoln vs. West, 7:30 p.m. at West
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