WEST SIDE RECORDER
Volume 10 Number 8
Monthly Newspaper of the West Side, Denver, Colorado
THE DENVER WATER BOND ISSUE
Fifteen months ago Denver voters defeated a $200 million Water Bond issue. Following the defeat of this issue the Water Board promised a restudy of its plans. November 6th the Water Board is coming back with almost the same identical proposal, and is sponsoring a $160 million water bond election.
The Westside Recorder would like to go on record as supporting the Water Boards Citizen Advisory Committee, Plan Metro Denver, The League of Women Voters, and the Colorado Open Space Council in urging West Denver voters to defeat the Water Bond Election
on November 6 by voting NO.
Tam Scott of the Aspen based Colorado Rivers Council (CRC) said he was virtually speechless at the boards decision to combine funding for water treatment and distribution facilities with expanding Western Slope water diversions. The argument is that the bond issue on Nov. 6 is the same concept as the one that was defeated by area voters last year.
The' Water Board has lumped five capital improvement projects into one yes or no question. The five are expansion of the Williams Fork System, the Foothills Water Treatment Plant,
distribution facilities, a successive-use water plant, and Eagle-Pi ney, a controversial plan to divert water from near Vail to Denver via Dillon Reservoir and the Roberts Tunnel.
A citizens advisory committee headed by Jerry Nagel, Denver architect, had advised the Water Board on May 23: The water board should eliminate from any bonding proposal until the Parsons-Brinkerh off study (on Eagle-Piney Project) has been received and submitted for public comment, any major Western Slope diversion projects.
Water Board officials are
arguing that the bond issue is necessary or else Denver faces a problem of running out of water. However, Roger Brown of Vail, a founder of the Eagle-Piney Water Protection Association, noted that early this summer Denver nearly ran out of water, not because it didnt have waterDillon and other reservoirs were fullbut because it couldnt get the water to the customers. Brown said, Denver doesnt have a supply problem; it has a distribution problem. Brown believes Denver needs to explore cooperation with Colorado Springs, Aurora, and
other front range communities on the means for Colorado to manage its water.. He fears Western Colorado will find that the water it needs to nourish growth is being sent across the continental divide.
Dwight Filley of the Colorado Open Space Council pointed out that Denver voters find themselves in the strange position of financing their own congestion and subsidizing urban sprawl.
For information regarding where you should go to vote on November 6, call the Election Commission at 297-2351.
Auraria Head Start News Neighborhood News
Among the many services which Head Start provides, the most important and strongest part of the program is the parents participation. Pictured above are parents Peggy Manulikow, Gloria Sandoval, Mary Garcia, Gloria Rutledge, Mary Baca, Rosalie Olvera, Dolores Sanchez, Frances Mendez, and Marge Martinez. Staff members are Marie Martinez, Rose Lopez, Cyndi
Montoya, and Sam Abeyta. Not pictured above are Sarah Chavez and Darlene Swartz. The many duties of the Policy Committee include making budgets, hiring and firing, setting policies and procedures, and evaluating program and staff. We are proud of our Committee and are sure we have the finest one in Colorado.
Congratulations to Miss Cyndi Montoya, Social Worker for Auraria Head Start Centers
who will become Mrs. Anthony Olivas during the early part of November. The staff, parents, and Policy Committee gave Miss Montoya a bridal shower on November 2 at Auraria.
Rose Romero Young, teacher at Auraria, and Rita Mattingly, teacher at Peanuts Head Start Center, have been selected to attend the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Seattle from November 7-10.
Parents of Auraria Head Start had a Halloween Party on October 31. Parents, staff and volunteers dressed for the occasion. Dolores Sahchez of85514 won first prize for the best costume. Each parent did such a creative job on their costumes they should have all won first prize.
Each parent brought refreshments for the children. The children paraded through the center. Staff from Auraria Community Center gave candy to the children.
Twenty parents participated in the apple dunking contest.
Thanks again to everyone who made the Halloween Party a success.
NEWS FROM CONGRESSWOMAN PAT SCHR0EDER
Congresswoman Pat Schroeder (D-Colo.) conducted an informal poll over the Veterans Day weekend after hearing of the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. Saturday night Mrs. Schroeder notified the Denver news media that the phones in her Denver office would be open to receive comments concerning Nixons latest action.
The results of the poll were staggering. At the conclusion of the poll, 10 P.M. Monday night, 8153 had voiced their opinion. 7814 were in favor of impeachment, 303 opposed impeachment and another 36 had no opinion or offered other suggestions such as censorship or resignation.
Mrs. Schroeder said, I opened my Denver office Sunday and Monday not to take a scientific poll but to allow citizens an opportunity to express their thoughts and opinions about Nixons action.
Calls flooded in from all over the state. They came from a variety of people, but the bulk appeared to come from what has
been described as middle America. Apparently Nixons action in eliminating the Office of the Special Prosecutor was the last straw for an already overburdened and not too silent majority.
Mrs. Schroeder said, I believe impeachment of the President is a very serious matter. By its very nature if requires popular non-partisan support. She said that some people who called her office expressed concern over Nixons action but were afraid that impeachment would destroy the government.
St. Cajetans Church is shown in the foreground. The demolition of over 250 homes and apart-
I must admit, she said, that I, too felt concern. But, she added, the purpose of impeachment is just the opposite. She noted that in 1679 the English House of Commons defined impeachment as the chief institution for the preservation of the government and that Alexander Hamilton has said that impeachment was designed as a method of national inquest into the conduct of public men.
Mrs. Schroeder said that impeachment is the ultimate means of preserving our government under the law.
ment units is well under way to make room for the Auraria High Education Complex.
for 73 Years
Mr. Julian Jordon poses for a picture in front of the Westside Hustler Printing Shop on 5th and Santa Fe. Mr. Jordon was
editor of the paper for a number of years, providing residents with local neighborhood news.
In 1900 a man named C. W. Bond started a neighborhood weekly called the Westside Hustler at 7th and Inca Street in an old run-down terrace. He kept the paper for 34 years providing the community with local news and promoting the neighborhood spirit.
Julian P. Jordon bought the paper from him in 1934 and continued the community interest format. Jordon operated the paper out of the Hustler Printing Office, still located at 670 Santa Fe Drive.
Jack Quisinberry bought the rights for the paper from Mr. Jordon in 1965. The paper struggled for several years and eventually folded up. There was a period of time that the Westside was without a local newspaper.
Earl McCoy under a grant from the government picked the paper back up and in conjunction with the Westside Improvement Association operated a paper until 1968 when the project he was working on closed. The name of the paper had been changed to the Westside Recorder.
The Westside Recorder has since carried news of achievements by local residents (such as school awards), activities of various organizations and agencies, and educational features such as recipes, buying and finance, health education, and information about community problems and action. With the closing of the Community
Organization Project, a group of neighborhood churches formed an organization (Westside Action Ministry) primarily to continue the publication of the Recorder because of its value to the community in promoting cohesion and awareness..
The editor of the paper was Jim Hall, pastor of Wesley Methodist Church. He left the community in 1970 and Racheal and Tito Gudia assumed the responsibility of putting the paper out until 1972 when they moved to Texas. Jerry Garcia, a staff member of the Inner City Parish ran the paper until September of 1972. A Ford Foundation Grant made it possible for him to tour the southwest and learn what was going on in other communities.
The Westside Coalition, a neighborhood improvement group, now operates the paper and seeks to involve the total community in the monthly publication. Richard Castro, the director of the Coalition, explained that finances are extremely low for the funding of the Recorder and the Coalition is now in the process of seeking out donations from concerned individuals and organizations, to continue providing local neighborhood news that can be of interest to all the residents of West Denver. Donations or subscriptions can be mailed to the Westside Recorder, 904 West 9th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80204.
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WATER BOND ISSUE
The Denver voter is being asked to approve an entire package of water proposals being presented on a ballot on November 6th. If Denver does need additional treatment of water from existing supplies and if we do need to expend money and effort on successive use of water, then why should anyone oppose this issue at this time? If the issue stopped here, then there would be no opposition. But the voter is also being asked to approve financing for $127.6 million of additional water supply facilities which we oppose at this time for many valid reasons which are positive for the Denver Metro area and not negative as the proponents of this issue maintain.
The proponents have chosen to ignore the issues which have been raised by this proposal. Most importantly, the opponents are not trying to have Denver go dry. It cant happen in Denver and no scare tactics can alter this fact. We are not trying to delay solely in the name of land use planning as a panacea. But neither do we feel that five unelected Denver Water Board Commissioners should make decisions that will affect the entire Metropolitan area as well as the state.
We do feel that the Denver electorate will again make their independent decisions as they have recently and will again vote down this water bond issue this year as they did last year and for the same applicable reasons.
Why have the Denver Water Board Commissioners knowingly sought a confrontation when high officials of the Water Board itself, the Denver League of Women Voters and the DWBs Capitol Improvements Advisory Committee all advised against raising potential opposition this year. Yet, the Commissioners insisted on going for financing of the highly controversial Eagle-Pi ney collection system. They did so even though such new supply is only to be used outside of Denver. Denver voters are being asked to approve development that can only hurt the core city.
But, if financing for this additional source of supply is approved, this is only the beginning. New storage for this additional water would be needed and the plan is well
The source of your lead article in the September issue of the Recorder was somewhat misinformed and Im sure gave some erroneous impressions to readers. The picture of the school was true and beautiful, an inspiration to the community which we are all dedicated to maintain.
The long-range master plan as depicted in the article is not finalized and will no doubt be subjected to many significant changes as the various phases are attacked one by one. Primarily, a master plan graph ically provides a point of departure which permits us to slice off a beginning program limited by in-hand resources.
The first phase of the long-range improvement program for West High is embodied primarily in a new physical education plant. This priority need was established by expressions from students, faculty, and community. The complete process of planning and construction will, at the time of occupancy, have covered a period of four and one half to five years with a target date presently set for Septem-
underway to build a storage facility called the Two Forks Dam. Few Denverites know of such a proposal, but this impoundment of water would virtually double the water supply for the area which could therefore double the existing population. The Two Forks Dam would flood the South Platte Canyon from below the North and South Forks confluence to approximately two miles above Foxton on the North Fork and two miles below Cheesman Dam and five miles above existing Deckers on the South Fork. Engineers are capable of performing these 20th century marvels, but shouldnt such a decision be made in a more politic manner with more facts present and the implications of such a decision outlined in advance?
Denver is at a crossroads now, and its citizens can still decide its future. Or we can avoid innovative thinking and grow without limit as seems our present want causing the problems to ensue which are plaguing most other major metropolitan areas today. How many times have the Denver voters been asked to go to the polls in the last year? Our decisions are crucial to the future of the city and this water bond election is no exception.
What city in the country khas one of its major newspapers sponsor lawn contests where all of its recent lauded winners state the frequency of heavy watering to produce prize winning lawns in a semi-arid state? What city uses 60% (according to the DWB) of its potable water during the summer on irrigation? What city asking now for more water has no announced policy for conserving use of existing supplies?
What city has a charter which allows appointed Commissioners to ask its voters to approve additional supplies of water which will allow or subsidize more bedroom communities outside while their own residents can only be hurt in the future? The DWB is projecting a growth of 18% more users in Denver by 1990 compared to a 285% increase in users outside the city in the same time.
What city is asking its highway department to enlarge corridors which can only permit
ber, 1975. Such target dates are frequently revised due to material availability, labor strikes, and weather.
Each phase of the master plan will be attacked spearately as resources permit and a complete program will be persued to assume the maximum educational benefit to students in a rapidly changing society. The timing and extent of these later phases will again be determined by the available resources.
Since the controversial structure the article is so concerned about is at present scheduled for Phase III there will no doubt be sweeping changes (even affecting location) emerging as the result of new and different needs prompted by coming changes in our community.
Let me assure you the new physical education facility will be a very worthwhile addition to the school and community. The result of many hours of work by many people dedicated to obtaining maximum benefit from available resources.
Respectfully, R. Wesley Johnson Principal West High School
its suburbanites to rush to the core of the city or commercial section at the expense of its existing residents?
What city is using the annexation tool to profess that its citizens need an additional tax base and more water as is currently being done?
What city is being told that water rates will go up and that Denver will wither if this bond issue is not approved when the city itself has enough supply already for the next 35 years (DWB statistics), and when all new water will be used outside of the city?
What city is being told that only 1.3% of the states supply of water is going to Denver while avoiding making a decision whether or not the South Platte Basin and its fragile environment can indeed absorb the projected growth? In fact, how often have we lately hoped for a strong wind to blow our visual obstruction of the mountains down this same Basin?
What city is empowered to make a decision for itself which should involve the whole state and yet five Denver men virtually ignore such a rational decision making process?
What city has as its major proponents of this much debated bond issue individuals who would profit by the Growth-is-good and more-is-better syndrome? What material profit is there for the opponents of the bond issue?
Surely America has been startled by the many caution signs that have sprung before us with such disquieting regularity this summer. Though we have been warned that we cant go on expanding energy consumption for both transportation and the home recklessly, we didnt believe until we were without gas for our autos or our schools closed down. Food prices, mortgage rates, and urban problems have all advanced to record highs. We dont like this for it is against our post World War n concept of what America is all about and how to handle it. Many of our expansionist traditions have tottered precariously recently due to lack of foresight. Is Denver to ignore these
Dear Dr. Armstrong:
I would like to express my agreement with the point of view that the front of West High School should be preservedas set forth in Cervis Rocky Mountain Journal on August 15, and reprinted in the Westside Recorder for September, 1973.
When I walk to work through the little park between Elati and Speer most mornings, it is a pleasure to observe the present harmony between the building and the park,; and to see the students enjoying the park before their classes.
I hope that planning for needed additions to West High will take into consideration the need for preserving what is pleasing and useful about the building, planned and built by those who came before us. In particular, as described in the article, I hope that the future need for an administrative wing will be taken into consideration at the same time as the more urgent P.E. Building, so that eventually both will be built on the west side of the building, or in any case will not interfere with the harmonious appearance of the school which I am sure gives pleasure to the many Denverites driving on Speer Boulevard every day.
Thank you for your consideration, Marian L. Davis
The Westside Coalition in 1969 devised a plan to develop a multi-million dollar housing complex to house the press that was anticipated to cover the proposed 1976 Winter Olympics. The citizens of Colorado banded together and were able to defeat the Olympics in a referendum ballot last year. However, the monies that were to build the housing complex that would later be converted to low and moderate income families was committed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington.
The plan which was conceived by West Denver residents was then divided into two projects with the same concept, one in West Denver and one in East Denver.
President Nixon, after cutting many social service programs, also began limiting the amount of money being expended toward housing; consequently, only half the money allocated for the project became available. East Denver was granted the housing project despite the fact that the concept and the initial funding was to go to West Denver.
On June 22, the Westside Coalition met with the Mayors officials and demanded that
some housing effort be initiated in West Denver, an area that has constantly been avoided in terms of creating low income housing for the residents. The demand for this housing was one of seventeen points that the Coalition presented to the Mayors office.
The Mayor then directed Dan Luna, director of the Denver Housing Administration to work with West Denver residents and develop a housing plan with one million dollars of Model Cities money.
The City Council of Denver will be voting on this new project. The Westside Recorder would like to point out that this effort should be supported by the Council. West Denver is one of the oldest neighborhoods in town with many outside pressures that would like to see the area go hi-rise or industrial. With the long range planning of an organization like the Coalition, it is possible to preserve this community with its distinctive Mexican ethnic population.
While the million dollars will not begin to even scratch the surface of the housing problem in this city, it is high time that the citys elected officials recognize this neighborhoods efforts to redevelop itself.
warnings and go on blithely expanding when such growth has benefited no community but only individuals (and a small percentage at that) in this country to date? Those that want the Water Bonds say that they are preparing for the future, but what kind of future will it be?
As stated above, those individuals outside of the Water Board who know and have informed themselves of Denvers water problems have all advised against the inclusion of additional water supply at this time on a water ballot this fall. They have arrived at their similar conclusions objectively and with no ax to grind. They know what Denvers immediate and long term needs are. When they asked to split the issues and let an informed voter pick and choose, they were told acrimoniously by a water commissioner, who is the newest member on the board, that an oil refinery is not built without the assurance of an adequate oil supply. Such a topical image sets one wondering with the politics of oil being what they are today! Could water be far behind? But such a retort consciously skirts the issue at hand today. No one is opposing the building of additional treatment facilities for our existing supply, but the opponents are vitally concerned about the course of Denvers future. Such are the concerns of the League of Women Voters and the coalition of concerned groups which have formed the Sensible Water Use Coalition. All opponents have been forced into the necessary position of opposing the entire issue, though it would be otherwise had the Water Commissioners chosen otherwise. We can legally and physically bring more water to Denver, given existing law, but should we?
Much good dialogue has ensued in the last fifteen months since the last water bond election. It has been my privilege to participate in much of this dialogue and find that a vast cross section of people in this area have sought viable alternatives than simply bringing more water to Denver. One wonders occasionally if one is merely talking to oneself, but it is heartening to note concur-
rence with ones conclusions for many different reasons. During this time the voters have made some very unpredictable but responsible decisions, both locally and at the state level. Colorado has gained national attention for the results that the interested majority of its electorate have made. Now, unfortunately, we are back to July, 1972, and being asked virtually the same question on the ballot. Most of the volunteer time spent, the dialogue expended, and the progressive thinking put forth is being cast aside and a small percentage of the metropolitan population is again being asked to approve a bond election which is just as wrong today as it was last year.
We are warned by the proponents of the unconsionable growth of suburbs and water systems in the Denver area in the 50s indicating that the same will happen 25 years later if we seek to curb our thus-far rampant growth and the strain it has put upon our facilities. I, for one, have more faith in the planners and local governmental authorities of today.
The opponents of this issue are castigated as dreamers and negative thinkers. But, is it wrong to dream of a future Denver where it will still be a quality experience to live within the confines of the city? Is it wrong to dream that the citizens of this city and state might want to have a say in the future of this area and not solely the real estate developers who are touting their areas as being places to live in which to escape the pollution and rush of the continued on page 3
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Westside Coalition Activities
During the Month of October
The Westside Coalition has been involved in a number of projects during the month of October. Among the activities the group has attempted to deal with are various street closures on the Westside to cut down on the amount of traffic that comes through the neighborhood. One closure in particular would be by Greenlee Elementary. It would be similar to the one the Coalition spearheaded on 7th Avenue next to Del Pueblo last year. These closures are necessary so that our children do not have to go to schools that are surrounded on all four sides by busy traffic.
The Coalition is also working with the School Board trying to secure the old Alameda School site to develop more green space and park facilities for the children of the area. The group also opposed the addition of a wing that is proposed in the long range planning for new facilities in front of West High (See September Recorder). Dr. Johnson, principal at West has assured the group that the community will be involved before any decision is made where these new facilities are placed.
John Flores, a local community artist who was last months community profile, has just completed a coloring book for the Coalition as part of the groups Strep Education Campaign for this year. Over 3,500 copies have been printed and
WATER BOND ISSUE
city? Is it wrong or dreamlike to show concern over the accelerated decrease in enrollment in the Denver Public School System at the expense of outlying school districts? Dont we need to go further with the start we made in the last session of the legislature in updating existing Colorado Water Law? Doesnt the Denver City Charter need revising and the method of deciding who makes water decisions in this state? Dont these decisions need to be made before we give authority to build additional facilities we might not need? Arent all these concerns real and interconnected and not solely the realm of a dreamers world?
Foothills, Stage 1, 2, and 3. Deckers underwater. No more free-flowing Platte in the Canyon by that name. No Deckers. Metering. Conservation of water. Two Forks. Channelization. Eagle-Piney. Fraser-Williams Fork. Colorado West and its concerns. Megalopolis. Core city. Addition 1 freeways. Traffic jams. Additional garage space. Air pollution alerts. Diversion and impoundment of presently free flowing streams. None of these words are part of the vocabulary of the proponents of this water bond issue in their public utterances. But, let us go on doing business as usual in Denver and these words will be everyday vernacular to Denverites in the near future. This is not a threat or scare tactte; it is a predictable promise.
Water has changed course in the 20th century. It no longer flows downhill, but toward money. Water should not be considered the sole tool for sound planning, but it certainly is a viable starting point. I trust the Denver voters will agree on November 6th by opposing the special bond election for these and other very valid and well-considered reasons held by opponents other than myself.
Edward Connors Chairman of the Water Workshop of COSC.
Coalition staff will be going into the grade schools in the area to distribute the coloring books free of charge during the month of November.
Coalition staff in conjunction with staff of the Westside Action Center, Brothers Redevelopment, Auraria Community Center, and Colorado Economic Development Association have worked at putting together a housing program that will generate one million dollars worth of housing programs for West Denver if City Council approves the housing package
Coalition staff has worked with members of the Citys Planning Board to insure that a recreation center south of 6th Avenue is built. A group of concerned citizens from the Quigg Newton area have also been active in these meetings trying to get adequate recreational facilities in their area. Ben Reyes, an architect from the Community Design Center, has been conducting meetings in the area with residents to insure that a facility is planned that meets the needs of the area.
The Coalition has supported Capital Hill United, another community group, in its effort to change the citys charter for use by right of parking lots on R-3 zoning. This is important, for if the change goes through, speculators will no longer be able to tear homes down in R-3 zoned areas to put up parking lots. Many low income homes have been destroyed around Denver General Hospital already so this change Hn legislation might help preserve that end of the community. This zoning change is stiHin the Zoning Committee of Council.
Coalition staff supported area residents that opposed a liquor license being issued on the comer of Lipan and Colfax. Residents of that area argued that there are already enough liquor outlets' in the area. At a license hearing held October 10, several residents -Spoke out against the license. No decision has been reached. We will report the outcome in next months Recorder.
Richard Castro, the Director of the Westside Coalition was appointed to the Mayors Manpower Advisory Council. The Council is designed to provide
Our Community Profile this issue belongs to a longtime Westside resident, Doroteo Griego, who lives with his daughter Mrs. Delia Torres at 676 Elati St. He has 12 children, 18 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.
Doroteo was born in Trinidad, Colorado, in 1893. He worked as a lumber-jack for Rocky Mountain C.F.&I., a company that provided lumber for the mines in the Trinidad area. In those days, the trees were cut by man power and hauled by real horse power.
He moved his family to Denver in 1942 and continued cutting lumber i-n the Frazier and Longmont areas. Doroteo was also a farmworker in the sugarbeet fields of Colorado.
Senor Griego retired in 1955 but still keeps a daily schedule. He attends morning Mass at St. Josephs Church and takes a
citizen input required to keep the manpower system vital and responsive to the real needs of the people, and to assist in opening job opportunities to all segments of society.
The Mexican Folkloric Dance Group sponsored by the West-side Coalition has Over fifty children enrolled in the cultural dance group. They will be performing at Fairmont Elementary during the month of October. Lessons are provided free of charge. The dance coordinator is Mrs. Consuelo Ruybol, the dance instructor is Miss Becky Zamora, and the two assistants are Miss Denise Barron and Miss. Valerie Mares.
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Westside Ministry Action Begins Metting
Westside Action Ministry began meeting regularly every Monday morning the last two weeks of September. Meetings begin at 8:00 a.m. and are usually over by 9:30 a.m. The meetings alternate between Bible study and business meetings.
Two new members became associated with the action ministry this fall. St. John the Beloved Old North American Roman Catholic Church has two pastors who have been attending the meetingsBishop Vanore and Fr. Damian. Sr. Rene Weeks, Sr. Fran Train, Sr. Neomi Ortega, and Sr. Carol Leveque, who are associated with the Core Team Ministry and with St. Elizabeths Catholic Church, are also becoming quite active with the action ministry.
Kermit Derstine is the convenor this year; Fr. Joe Campbell is co-convenor; and John Hushman is treasurer. The Westside Action Ministry includes St. Josephs Catholic Church, Denver Inner City Parish, Lutheran Community Center (formerly First Bethany Lutheran Church), First
Mennonite Church, St. Johh the Beloved Old Roman Catholic Church, Church of the Master Baptist, and St. Elizabeths
Concerns of the action ministry this fall have been the continuation of the Westside
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Recorder on a more solid financial basis, more programs for older persons in the Westside, the coordination of activities of the group, and the future of Alameda School as open space and playground.
On October 23rd, members of the action ministry participated in an all day retreat to learn to know each other better and to set priorities and directions for the coming year.
The Bible study^for the coming year will be the sacraments of the churches. There are many differences among members of the churches over different sacraments. Some of the churches have no sacraments and others have seven or more, -
Westside Action Ministry is concerned about the physical and social health of the community as it is for the spiritual health of all the people in the neighborhood.
The Westside Action Ministry adopted a new symbol which shows that it is involved in the community and that the churches are united in ministry though they are different and have individual churches.
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Recipient of Schlitz Scholarship
Mr. Paul Murray presenting the scholarship to Mr. Bob Duran. Looking on, Mrs. Nell Duran, Bobs mother, and Mr. Bob Urioste (Skyline Chapter, Denver), District Sales Manager at Murray Bros. Distributing Co.
The second annual Schlitz scholarship award to a minority student was presented to Bob Duran, September 25, 1973, by Paul Murray of Murray Bros. Distributing Company.
The scholarship, to assist a deserving and needy student attend college, was instituted by Murray Bros, in 1972. The award is presented to the American G.I. Forum of Colorado, which in turn sets up a selection committee constituted by the Chairman of each local G.I. Forum chapter in the state. Local chapters submit the names
of candidates for the award to the committee.
Bob Duran, the recipient of this years award, is starting his third year at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Once advised while in high school to just join the Army, Bob has struggled to work his way through two successful years at the University of Northern Colorado and is a B student. Bob is a native of Longmont, Colorado, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Duran of Longmont.
This months youth spotlight is Miss Judy Lucero, 17 year old senior at West High School. Miss Lucero is editor of the school paper and says she enjoys the responsibility of putting out a monthly publication. She is also president of the Speech Club at West. As president, it is her responsibility to fill in for others that cannot attend speech meets. She also assists those in the club that need help in their presentations.
Her poetry and humorous presentations have earned her numerous ribbons, awards, and trophies. Mr. Joe Sandoval, faculty sponsor of the Speech Club feels that she will excell in any field she chooses to follow after graduation.
Miss Luceros talents arent limited to the speech arena, for she also excells in gym and swimming. Her sophomore and junior years were spent on the gymnastic and swimming teams. Her gymnastic prowess earned her a third place in citywide competition in floor exercise. Swimming for Parks and Recreation out of Barnum Swimming Pool, she earned three first place ribbons in free style. Speech, swimming, and gymnastics are all means of expressing oneself and Miss Lucero, very much an individual, is comfortable in any of the three methods.
Miss Lucero participated in a nine-day Outward Bound course in the canyon lands of Utah last
year and a twenty-three day course on Gunnison Mountain the year before. The course taught her survival skills and the importance of cooperation in a group. She said she applies what she learned on the Outward Bound course to her work on the school paper and speech club activities.
The G.I. Forum Mile-Hi Chapter selected her as their candidate for queen this last year and she won first place in the statewide competition. She went on to place second in the national contest for Queen in El Paso. The contestants for queen were all judged on talent, poise, personality, speech, and beauty. Miss Lucero certainly does possess all of those attributes and one can easily see why she was selected from among the numerous candidates.
She listed as her hobbies rock climbing, swimming, basketball, jogging, sewing, and photography. Shes a very aggressive young woman who has her sights set on a career in the mass media. Hopefully, she intends to enter into either television, radio, or news reporting. She is at the moment eyeing scholarships at either the University of Denver or Western State.
She attributes much of her success in life to her parents, Mrs. Gloria Lucero who is a teacher aide at Fairview, and to her father, Mr. Richard Lucero, a salesman. Miss Luceros goal in
life is to find a career where she can be happy. The money issue should be secondary, she says, if one can find a profession that provides a sense of self worth. She enjoys learning from life and each new experience that comes her way.
She feels that womens lib has taken away from the need to explore the potentials of minorities and the young especially. There is a reservoir of potential in young people that have much to offer if they are only given a chance.
The Westside Recorder salutes Miss Judy Lucero, this months Youth Spotlight, and wishes her continued success on her road through life.
Baker Junior High Activities
Since Governor Vanderhoof has proclaimed the week of October 21-27 as Physical Education Week, it seems fitting that Baker Junior High mention many of the activities in the physical education program of which we are proud. Mrs. Abell and Mr. Distefano, our two physical education teachers along with Miss Parisi, Mr. Campbell, and Mr. Woytek, who each teach one class a day, have incorporated numerous exciting activities within their programs for this year.
The first of eight bowling excursions this semester was made Tuesday, October 23, by an 8th grade girls class. Mrs. Abell and Miss Parisi have made arrangements for this activity through The Merchants Park Bowling Lanes and the Denver Public School transportation facilities. Needless to say, the girls are looking forward to the remaining bowling sessions.
In both the boys and girls classes, considerable emphasis has been placed on individualized sports this year. Mr.
Distefanos classes, when they are not playing flag football, can be found enjoying any one of five activitieswrestling, weight lifting, tumbling, ping pong, and one-on-one basketball. These activities occur simultaneously. The individualized activities for the girls include ping pong, pool badminton, and shuffle board. When the girls are not participating in these activities or bowling they are usually outside playing soccer, and later in the year, volleyball, gymnastics, and basketball.
In the near future, the boys will have the opportunity to test their physical fitness abilities in six areassit-ups, pull-ups, dips, shuttle run, rope climbing, and the 75 yard dash. Also, for the young men, golf, tennis, and volleyball instruction will be part of their program later on during the school year.
The Baker Physical Education staff cordially invites the parents to come to the school and observe these interesting activities.
On October the third the Boys Clubs of Denver held their annual awards banquet at the Brown Palace. At this banquet some thirty boys from the Lincoln Park Boys Club had a dinner and received a trophy. But these fine boys worked hard to achieve this award. They earned this by being picked boy of the month this past year, and to be picked boy of the month the boys had to meet the following criteria: Good attendance at the club, good attitude, show some leadership, good participa-
Baker Junior High News
The Student Parent Teacher Advisory Council at Baker Junior High met at 7:30 p.m. October 4 in joint meeting with the E.S.E.A. (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) Council. Committees were selected and officers were introduced and the group visited the E.S.E.A. Reading Laboratory and looked at the E.S.E.A. Social Studies materials.
Officers and committees for this year are as follows: Chairman, Mr. Ben Trujillo; First Vice Chairman, Mrs. Mary Lou Morehead; Second Vice Chairman, Manual Evans; Third Vice Chairman, Mr. Don Genera; First Secretary, Miss Jean McBemie; Second Secretary, Colette Rael; Treasurer, Mrs. Eleanor Lucero; Activities Chairman, Mr. Dick
Emery. The Program Committee consists of Saba Rael, Joe Trujillo, Mrs. Josefina Costillo, Mrs. Rose Gonzales, Mrs. Kathy Richardson, and Mr. Dick Emery. The Publicity Committee consists of Marci Quintana, Yolanda Trejo, Mrs. Kathy Richardson, and Mrs. Evelyn Elfstrom. The Program Committee will plan each month for some aspect of the school program to be presented to the group. Any Baker parent interested in joining S.P.T.A.C. should call 222-9718, Baker Junior High, for more information.
Baker welcomes back Principal Don Genera who has been absent for 3V> weeks for surgery, and Mrs. Jenene Schadler, the nurse, who has been attending
The new Baker E.S.E.A. representative to the Central Committee is Mrs. Patsy Coleman. E.S.E.A. sponsors three programs at Baker: the Reading Laboratory operated by Mrs. Shirley Bums, Miss Barbara Hauser, and Mrs. Aurelia Lujan; the Social Studies Laboratory operated by Mr. Wayne Moore, David Sanger and Mrs. Barbara Oglesby; and the Work Study Program operated by Mrs. Virginia Hardacre, Mrs. Joyce Parker and Mrs. Mary Ann Espinosa.
School Superintendent Louis Kishkunas visited our school on Wednesday, October 17th. While he was here, he toured the building and met with some of the faculty.
Left to right: Clarence Dominguez, West; Becky Hines, Richel Jr. High; Keith Morris, West; Velma Cruz, West; Margret Johns, Baker.
Felipe Vigil Wins Boy Of Year Award
tion and loyalty to the club, and, above all, citizenship.
Out of these 30 boys the club picks one boy to represent the club as boy of the year. And this year Felipe Vigil, who lives at 1051 Galapago St. and is fourteen years of age, won the award.
Felipe has been a member of the club sirvce 1964; he was five years old when he first joined. He has worked as a locker room boy at the club. In sports at the Boys Club he has played basketball, football, baseball, soccer, and wrestling.
He has been on three championship teams, twice in basketball and once in baseball. In wrestling last year he took third in the state. He is currently the captain of the football team and running at fullback.
Felipe, a student at Baker, carries an A and B average in his school work.
Besides being a torch club
member and helping around at the club, he helps his mom and dad, who run the Ideal Cafe on Ninth and Santa Fe. Felipe gets up at 5:30 every morning and works until 7:00 a.m. at the cafe. He then goes to school. After school he practices ball and afterward returns to help at the cafe. Congratulations, Felipe. And congratulations also to the following boys who received awards: Augie Ayala, Michael Vega, Orlando Vega, Bobby Lucero, Kevin Johnson, Lou Gallegos, Ray Gomez, Gerald Conzales, Ismael Gonzales, Ronnie Jiminez, Manuel Juarez, Gene Lopez, David Martinez, Teddy Montoya, Lee Nuanez, Joe Padilla, Mike Padilla, John Rivera, Anthony Williams, Bobby Compos, Manuel Mossman, Ricky Milten-berger, Vincent Torres, Paul Torres, Robert Vigil, Elmer Mossman, Matthew Garcia, Carl Montoya, and Pat Castellano.
West High, Baker and Rishel Jr. High R.O.T.C.
West High R.O.T.C. and its two satellite schools, Baker and Rishel Jr. High, were well represented in the Veterans Day Parade. They were led by Wests Pep Club and the students all looked great. It takes cooper-
ation and team work to get their groups together in a single unit.
Our compliments to the students and their leaders for such a good show.
The R.O.T.C. Program offers extra school credits, a chance to learn first aid, map reading, marksmanship, and a chance for a scholarship. The students go on excursions and field trips; they have numerous opportunities for service to the school and community. Above all, an R.O.T.C. cadet gains self confidence and develops leadership qualities.
For more information on R.O.T.C. call: Maj. Smith, 222-3545 x28, West High
School. Sgt. Maj. Jetton, Rishel Jr. High, or Sgt. First Class Ojeda, Baker Jr. High.
Denver Veterans Opportunity Center
In February of 1972, the Denver Veterans Opportunity Center was funded by the National League of Cities/U.S. Conference of Mayors. This became the first Vets program in the Denver area to concentrate its time and efforts in assisting the minority and disadvantaged Veterans.
Under the direction of James Chavez, D.V.O.C. very quickly proved its worth. Operating under the peer counselor concept the effect of the program was unsurpassed by State agencies that are funded to help veterans. By utilizing recently discharged vets to assist other vets in making their readjustments to civilian life, the program was soon overloaded. The feedback gotten by observation of the program was that the vets felt comfortable to go to another Vietnam Era vet for the assistance we needed.
In November of 1972, Larry Vialpando became director of D.V.O.C. During the same month a federally funded program named Veterans Upward Bound became operational. This program pooled the efforts of Community College of Denver and Metropolitan State College to assist veterans in obtaining higher education.
One part of the program would prepare veterans to complete high school. Community College of Denver became the disadvantaged vets first step
toward higher education. Upon
Since Outreach is a very important part of the Vets Programs, in September of 1973 the Directors of the Vets programs met to discuss the possibility of combining programs. Frank Mills, the Director of the Office of Veterans Affairs at M.S.C.; Dan Chase, Director of D.V.O.C.; Andy Kopecky, Office of Vets Affairs, C.U. at Denver; Ben Young, O.V.A. at Community College; Jim Hudson at Arapahoe Community College; and staff personnel from all of these programs were among those present.
The decision was made and in October, last month, the Veterans Information Program went into operation. The rationale behind combining the outreach and recruitment programs was that the different institutions would not have to compete witlueach other for the Vet student.
The Veterans can now come to the Veterans Information Program at 847 E. Colfax and with the counseling the Vet gets here, he can make his own decision as to what college he/she prefers.
The services offered by one program are endless; for example, we have job developers, food stamp certifiers, drug detoxification programs, discharge correction and reviews, financial aid assistance, G.I. Bill information, home loan information,
small business loan information, G.E.D. and high school preparation, college prep, legal counseling, health and medical referrals, and anything else the Veterans may need assistance with.
Once again, we are located at 847 E. Colfax, 573-7673. Please let us serve you.
completion of a high school equivalence the vet could either become a regular student at C.C.D., or he/she could enroll in the basic/college part of the Veterans Upward Bound Program. Here Vets, who had completed high school or G.E.D., could begin college prep and remedial studies at Metro State College.
Both parts of the V.U.B. program are tuition free, and the books are furnished by the college where each particular program of study is being offered. Along with this the Veterans Administration does not deduct any of the veterans G.I. Bill benefits while he is doing pre-college work.
In September of this year, what are known as Cranston Amendment monies were released by the federal government. These monies were given to the different institutions of higher education to provide services to Veterans so that they would get the help they need to stay in school and complete their studies.
Colorado Minority Business Directory
The Colorado Minority business directory, which represents more than a years work by the Colorado Economic Development Association (CEDA) and the Denver Federal Executive Board is being revised.
One of the basic reasons for publishing such a directory has been queries from individuals and businesses desiring to use the service of minority businesses but have been unable to
The directory will be used to encourage government agencies and buyers and purchasing agents in private industry to utilize the products and services in the minority community in order that they might enter the mainstream of the economy.
The newly published directory lists about 500 minority owned businesses in Metro Denver and Colorado. The busi-
nesses are arranged into 141 categories ranging from accountants, advertising and amusement devices through handwriting, interior decorating and medical services to the last two headings of welding services and wigs.
The directory is by no means complete and the agency intends to list each minority business in the state in a revised publication to be released this fall.
The new directory will contain the names of about 1,200 minority businesses. The listings are free and the directories are free to those businesses intending to use them.
Minority businesses that want to be listed in the new publication should have sent the following information to CEDA by August 15, 1973: owners name, name of business, type of business, address, city, state, zip, phone number, date business started, number of employees, and gross sales.
Any minority business owner desiring to be listed in the directory should contact Jose Gallegos at 1108 Champa Street, Denver, Colorado 80204, 573-9025; or CEDA at 735 Curtis Street, Denver, Colorado 80204. Telephone number is 255-0421.
Lincoln Park Boy's Club
The Boys Club will have a boxing and wrestling program this year for boys ages 7 thru 18. Practice begins in November. The boxing team will be coached by former Denver Rocket Ronnie Maynes and his brother Roy Maynes, who boxed Golden Gloves several years.
However, we are looking for a volunteer to coach the wrestling team. If interested, please contact the Lincoln Park Boys Club, 721 West 8th Avenue, phone 936-7342.
Several matches will be scheduled in and out of Denver as well as a tentative State Wrestling Tournament to be held in Pueblo, Colorado.
Sunday8:009:1511:0012:15 Dally8:0012:15-5:15 Holiday7:008:0012:15-5:15
Daily 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LEGION OF MARY-
Each Monday at 7:00 p.m.
4th Sunday of r*onth at 1:30 p.m. Mass
NOVENA TO ST. ANTHONY-
Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m..
NOVENA TO ST. JUDE-
Fridays at 8 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m
Nth and Curtis St.
Pastor: Father Eugene Dudley
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Denver Money Marts Rapidly Expanding
Theres a new money service available for residents of the 7th and Santa Fe Drive area. A new Money Mart facility is now located in the Adelante Community Supermarket, 727 Santa Fe Drive, which is funded by the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO).
If you are among the approximate 35% of Denver residents that do not have a checking account, you will find Money Mart offers many needed money-exchange services.
All Money Mart facilities are designed for step-saving services. Money Mart will cash your payroll checks; you may pay your utility bills through Money Mart and purchase money orders. In addition, the new Money Mart facility offers film developing service and is equipped with photo security cameras and NCR
AUTUMN DANCE AT ST. JOES
Saturday night, November 10th, will find St. Joes Gym, 6th and Galapago, resounding to the music of Ernie Lee and the Knightmen. Open to everyone, 21 years and over, the dance will be from 10 p.m. til 2 a.m. Tickets are $7.00 per couple or $4.00 per single and the price includes free beer, mixes and ice. BY OL.
Father Pat Sullivan, St. Joes Pastor, emphasized that everyone in the neighborhood is invited. The only reason for the 21 year age limit is the state law under which the dance is licensed. He suggested that anyone who hasnt been to a St. Joes dance has missed a really great evening. Just ask anyone who has been to one of our dances. Theyll assure you that youll enjoy it.
Tickets are available at the Rectory or at the door the evening of the dance.
YOUTH COUNCIL SEEKS PARTICIPANTS
The Mayors Youth Commission is seeking interested youth to participate in the Youth Council. Any youth between 10 and 21 years of age and who lives in the City and County of Denver is eligible to participate.
The Youth Council is an integral part of the newly-established Mayors Youth Commission. The purpose of the Youth Council is to serve as a forum for youth to discuss issues tfiiKviiiiiiimiiimimmiiii
computer money handling equipment.
Hal Niemberger, President of Insur-A-Check Company, feels his new Money Mart location will further service the needs of the communitys non-banking people.
Other Money Mart locations are 2815 Downing, 3360 Downing, in the Alameda Shopping Center at 2200 West Alameda and North Valley Shopping Center84th and 1-25 in Thornton.
For customers convenience, the new Money Mart is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., six days a week. Money Mart IDs are issued for one dollar, allowing customers quick and easy access to all services.
For more information, call Kay Childers, 399-1481.
EASY CREDIT TERMS Va Carat of Diamonds $99
Total Diamond Weight
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516 SIXTEENTH ST.
*ew Steps From Denver Theatre
relating to youth problems in Denver.
The last meeting of the Youth Council was October 24th in the auditorium of the United Way Building, 1375 Delaware Street. For further information about the Youth Council, call the Mayors Youth Commission at 893-3614.
I *GARAGES 3 * EXCAVATION
Const & Developers
We do our own work No Job To small or Too Large
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DENVER INNER CITY PARISH
Community Pastor Ministry
As most of you know, the Denver Inner City Parish has been around for at least fifteen years. It was started at the Lincoln Park Projects by some Protestant Churches. Its first Director was Rev. Ross Williams. Under his direction the Parish moved to its present location on 9th and Galapago. Since then there have been three Directors: Rev. Miss Mary Lou Taggart, Rev. Harlan Beach, and Rev. Ramior Cruz-Aedo. Under each Director there have been changes and growth. I hope that this trend will continue, especially when Federal money has been
cut back for community programs.
There was a time when the Parish had one staff member, and a Secretary. As time went by the Secretary was being paid half-time and a second staff member was added on a part-time basis. The youth programs began by employing N.Y.C. students from West High School. Today we have eleven staff personnel, three of which are part of a separate Corporation under the Parish, and in addition, we have fifteen students under Man Power or Work Study. We are now in the process of securing
an additional staff member. The volunteer aspect has changed drastically. At one time there were only Anglo from the suburbs and today the majority are community people. The open door policy for volunteers from all races is still wide open.
There was a time when the Parish worked with Special Ed. students from Elmwood when the students attended half-day sessions only. There was also the time when there was a playschool for preschool children. Today we have a preschool for children ages three to four years old. Also we have a Junior High
School for youth who have dropped out of school. It used to be that we had youths drop in for some form of recreation, basically basketball, and to play pool. Today we have three basketball teams, and we are forming a volleyball team. We also have activities for elementary school students.
For adults it used to be that
they came for help to meet some of their needs like food, clothing, and even some cash. Today we continue to do these services, but we try to get to know the family and some of their problems. We feel that a physical need is only a symptom of a deeper problem.
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PARISH YOUTH PROGRAM
The Denver Inner City Parish is open from 3:00-5:00, Monday thru Friday afternoons for recreational activities.
The following activities are open to the youth during recreation: basketball games; volleyball games; practicing on the trampoline; weight lifting; ping-pong games; pool; arts and crafts (leather work, beads, plaster work).
The Parish has two basketball teams this year: Los Hermanos and Tinde. We are looking for more good players. If you would, like to join, and would like more information, please contact Ray Trujillo or Ben Berg at the Parish.
Los Hermanos will be playing at Manuel High School in an all Chicano League.
Tinde is now playing in a six feet or under pre-season league. Tinde took first place with an 8 to 1 record, with one more game to be played at West High School, in the Denver Municipal Basketball League.
We are also trying to form a girls volleyball team for Junior High and Senior High School girls. For more information, please contact Ray or Ben at the Parish.
The Parish Bruins do it again in an all Chicano leagure.
An old familiar building that has given a hand to those in need.
May our thoughts be prayers unto God and deeds unto our fellowmen.
Community control: Without becoming racists, we are developing the leadership within the community so that la gente can take over. Without becoming militants, we advocate to let us do our thing. Today we have more community people involved, in all levels, than ever before.
Self-Determination: La Gente are directly involved in the policies and direction of the Denver Inner City Parish. One-third of the Board of Directors and one-half of the Executive Board are community people. Two-thirds of the staff are community people.
Evangelism: Without advocating denominationalism, nor conversion, we stress church involvement and participation in their own churches. Worship Services are open and attended by Anglo and Chicano from the West Side and the suburbs.
Goals for 1972
PRESCHOOL (1971-1972 academic year)
a. Improve level of motivation
c. Academic background to cope with Denver Public School standards at kindergarten level
d. Group participation sharing and cooperation PRESCHOOL MOTHERS GROUP
a. Increase awareness of preschool concept
b. Participation in the homes to increase motivation
Participation in the classroom and material making for the preschool children
d. Participation in the bilingual concept and utilization of the bilingual through inter-cultural programs ELEMENTARY LEVEL
a. Cooperation with the Girl Scout programs
b. Direct participation with the schools and aiding them to use the community resources that are available: dental clinic, emergency needs, special programs
c. Assistance to the schools in relationship to the Administrative office for the improve-
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The Urban Plunge is an evening encounter which takes primarily youth groups into five issues of concern, usually on a Friday night. The group will encounter such things as the police department, the Denver Rescue Mission, High Street Parish, Denver Inner City Parish, the Tenants Union, etc., discovering the people involved in such places and the problems which they all seek to alleviate. The experience usually begins around 5:30 p.m. and ends somewhere around 2:00 a.m. Often times groups having this experience will return to Denver Inner City and High Street Parishes to further pursue a relationship with the people they have met there.
A much more intense and all encompassing experience of encounter is Matrix. In that model, 30-50 people of varying ages (sophomore in high school through senior citizens), varying races and economic groups come together for a 48 hour experience of in-depth relationship to people and concerns of the urban area. The dynamics are numerous. There Is great relationship and change as people become acquainted with people from whom they have always been separated. To discover problem areas and also friends working in these problem areas can be very enlightening. Five such experiences are planned for each academic year and participation is open to ariy individual interested in the experience. Achievement of minority participants and personnel is facilitated greatly by Denver Inner City and High Street Parishes. To date, there are some 250-300 persons who have been through Matrix. Contact is maintained with these individuals so that they might be kept informed about community issues and so that they might offer their time and talents to volunteer work, political action or whatever.
Another program that the Community Pastor relates to through staff time at Denver Inner City Parish is Brothers Redevelopment Inc. BRI seeks to rehabilitate homes with the help of volunteer labor so that the cost of rehabilitation can be kept down for persons of Denvers Near West Side. During 1972, 53 projects were com-
A few members of the Parish staff during a meeting.
A newly remodeled home com- ment during September and pleted by Brothers Redevelop- October 1973.
West Side Learning Center
The Learning Center is an alternative school for students of junior high age. Students at West Side Learning Center did not meet their potential while in the public school system. Many of our students are functional or potential drop-outs. The Center is free to enrolled students, and all supplies are provided free to the students.
The curriculum is roughly comparable to that of the public schools, with special emphasis on math and reading skills. Also offered are science, social science, Chicano studies, art, physical education, and many special projects.
The goals for the Center are to help the student improve his attitude toward himself and school and to build basic skills
so that the student will be a success when he re-enters the public school system at the high school level.
During the last academic year, 16 students were enrolled (we had a waiting list of 40). Our staff consists of three fulltime teachers, plus community volunteers and students from Metropolitan State College.
During two years of operation, the Learning Center has been successful in: increased reading and math skills as measured by standardized tests; improved attendance; greatly reduced police contacts; observed attitude changes toward school.
The Center is an independently financed project of the Denver Inner City Parish.
pleted at a savings to people and agencies on the West Side of $40,000. Volunteers are recruited from churches, community agencies, and generally wherever they can be found. Their work is coordinated by a corpsman from the Involvement Corps structure, whose salary is paid by members of a Lutheran Task Force related to BRI. The response of people to the work of BRI and relationships formed in the process have been tremendous. The salaries of the two directors, Mannie Martinez and Joe Giron, are paid by grants obtained from churches, business and industry, and private sources. The need for a group such as BRI is especially great now with the federal moratorium in effect on all federally supported housing projects. Volunteers are always needed
Parish and public school teacners planning together to work out some of the youth problems.
and groups interested should contact the Denver Inner City Parish for further information.
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660 Santa Fe
FROM 6:00 a.m. TO 2:00 p.m. MONDAY thru FRIDAY
The Westside Action Center is currently involved in raising funds for Christmas baskets.
Agapita Sandoval, Josie Martinez and other community women, along with Maria Luz Quayle, Rita Lucero, Virginia Darrow, Mary Villafuerte, Perfidia Reyes and Muriel Ashmore have been preparing a Mexican luncheon every Friday. The luncheon is served at the Action Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Friday.
The menu has consisted of Chile Rellenos, Combination plates, Green Chile plate, Taco plate. The menu is different every week, but it always consists of Mexican food.
The Christmas baskets will be distributed to needy families in the community. Names can be submitted to the Action Center and then the names will be screened and checked with other agencies, such as Salvation Army, to avoid duplication. Persons who would like to sign up for a Christmas basket can call the Action Center at 534-5141.
INNER CITY PARISH
While the Parish has been, is and will be a Church, an Agency, a Recreation Center, etc., we agree that our main concern has always been the people. The changes that the Parish has undergone have been to meet the peoples needs, and this criteria will be the one used for future changes.
As we look at the programs, we begin with the preschoofe The school is set up for children who are three or four years old. The three year old children attend the morning classes from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. while the four year olds attend in the afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The basic purpose for a preschool is to give each child the necessary educational tools and vocabulary. The preschool has been extremely helpful for the children not only while they are with us but also while they go to the elementary schools. The school works on a bilingual and bicultural concept.
Another aspect of the preschool is the work with the mother (parents) of the children. The parents are involved in many aspects in the life of the preschoolers while they attend school, but mostly at home; the home becomes an extension of the school, and the school an extension of the home.
The preschool children are busy this year learning what these and many other Spanish words mean. Our program for both the morning and afternoon classes has gone bilingual. We are learning about Mexico, its culture, games, dances, costumes, and customs. So far we have learned and performed La Raspa and are currently planning a party for the parents so we can share this and much more of what we have learned with them. We are hoping the preschool will soon have some
The Christmas baskets will be distributed in the Westside only. The boundaries for the area are: Colfax to Mississippi and from Broadway to the Railroad tracks.
Congresswoman Patricia Schroeders Denver office /is participating with the Action Center by writing letters to the Union Locals, and asking them to have a canned food drive and some Locals are already responding.
Some of the large supermarket chain stores are also donating to the Christmas basket project and the Action Center hopes to provide at least 350 baskets to area residents.
This definitely is a worthwhile effort and the Action Center staff would like to ask everyone to participate by attending the Friday luncheons.
Remember, every Friday at the Action Centerfor the best Mexican food anywhere at $1.50 per plate, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.nL
Mexican costumes for our dancers. They really are good.
The bilingual program has been added on top of the basic preschool teaching which we had last year. We are still learning about shapes, colors, sizes, numbers, and basic concepts (opposites, textures, etc.) just to mention a few. We have added the Spanish songs and finger-plays to the English ones and now we have twice as much fun.
I am learning right along with the children and many times they learn faster than I do. So far we have explored fall fruits and vegetables and have gotten to meet many new friends. Before Christmas, we are going to learn about animals, Halloween, Thanksgiving, children in Mexico, and, of course, learn more about each other.
Unfortunately, all is not so bueno. Due to a lack of volunteers this year, I had to decrease the size of our morning class. And, to add insult to injury, Victoria Casias, my Community Aide, will be leaving at the end of November. We are looking for a replacement and I only hope she will be half as much help as Victoria has been. I really will miss her.
Positive feedback is always good and I want to share some with you. A few of the three year olds from last year tried to enter the Public School Preschool Program (ECE) this fall. They were given a test and three of them did so well on the tes.t that they would not let them in the class because they were too smart. Bravo!
The elementary recreation program is not necessarily a free-for-all type. Although the Gym is open to everybody who wishes to come and play, we now have a girls group of about twenty-five regular girls. The idea behind the group is to help them better understand their girlhood, but not in the stereotype ccfn-cept, through recreational and
Grand Opening of 'Tremont Place'
The YWCA announced the grand opening of Tremont Place, the craft shop of the YWCA on October 19th and 20th, in the YWCA building at 1545 Tremont Place, across the street from the May D&F store. The public is invited to browse and buy from a selection of craft items made by YWCA members. The shop will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and will be staffed entirely by volunteers.
YWCA members created the shop out of the need for women who have learned a variety of arts and skills in YWCA classes to have an outlet for the many quality items they produce-ceramics, macrame, leaded glass, creative stitchery, decoupage, painting, sculpture, knitting and crochet are just a few of the arts and crafts items to be sold. Shop profits will go to the YWCA scholarship, adult program, and World Mutual Services funds. The shop will also offer items
made by YWCA members in other countries imported by the YWCA World Mutual Services Committee.
The shop itself was decorated by YWCA volunteers and some of their husbands, transforming a dingy office into an attractive craft boutique. Saturday morning painting schedules, followed by a trip to merchants throughout the Denver area for lumber, hardware, carpet scraps, etc., and hammering and sawing and staining and installing were executed under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Conti of Littleton.
Mrs. Conti and Mrs. Habenicht of Englewood will comanage Tremont Place for the first year of operation. Both are YWCA Board members and volunteers. Also from Littleton, Mrs. Penny Vincent will chair the Store Display Committee; Mrs. Lynn Kripakov, the Standard and Selection Committee; and Mrs. Estelle Kennedy the Volunteer Coordinating
cultural activities and programs through which they can best understand themselves and their relationship to their peer group. Some of the projected programs are field trips, Mexican dancing, Spanish language usage, arts and crafts. This program is an outgrowth of the Girl Scouts program. The girls meet every Thursday after school hours for their activities. For the boys, the Parish participates in the P.A.L. with a football team; today we have two football teams in the league. Besides these teams, we have after-school recreation for them. The youngsters come and play basketball, pool and ping-pong. As you know, we have held two ping-pong tournaments which have been very well attended by the.-community, and we have seen some good young players. In the ping-pong field the Parish has a rather good team, which, by the way, lost to the West High School Staff.
Our first basketball team started four years ago as the Parish Bruins and have participated in several leagues. Today we have two teams well organized, plus a Junior High team. We are now in the process of forming a basketball league for Junior High teams, especially for the non-public school teams that is, those classified as free schools.
For the adults we have had a variety of programs which have been set up to meet some needs. Some of these programs are not any different from other places. Some of the most common are sewing, cooking, food, and clothing banks for emergencies; others concern problems dealing with the Police Dept., Schools, Welfare, Housing, etc. What makes the Parish different is that we are a Church and a Church Oriented Institution or Agency. We have a Worship Service every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., although we seldom start at that time. Everybody is invited and welcome at the services, which are not meant to take away members from any church. In fact, we encourage church participation in your own church. From this community worship service follows a direct involvement of the people in the community. We have seen in the past years that many of the peopleyouth and adultSj-become involved in the community. Their involvement ranges depending on their interests. Some examples are in the areas of jobs, housing, health center, schools, police, etc. These adults have not done the work for the Parish, nor for any other agency where they are also involved, but for the community, for the people. Many of them are now employed, for which we are very happy.
We feel that every time we lose one of our people either to be involved elsewhere or to work, we dont really lose them. In fact, we rejoice. These are people that we can never lose; they are with us all the time, if not physically at least mentally. From time to time they drop in just to say Hello. This is also true of the yough. As we look around and see youth involved, we remember when they used to come to the Parish and many of them continue to come almost daily.
The Parish has been involved with every agency and organization on the West Side. We have been involved in evejy issue that has had a direct qr indirect effect on the West Side, and this we will continue to do. Let us share with you some of our programs: The Community Pastor; West Side Learning Center; Our Philosophy; Our Youth; Some of our Goals and Accomplishments.
We believe that the Parish has done its share for the community working with many individuals and agencies in West Denver. One last statement which deals with the building: Rumors have it that we are no longer here; we are. We have not sold the building and continue to negotiate in order to create a better Parish. With your help we can make a dream come alive.
Committee. Mrs. Penny Glass-man of Denver will chair the Publicity Committee. Mrs. Minerva Pokorney of Lakewood will serve as shop/volunteer liaison and Mrs. Lynn Beall, YWCA Adult program Director, will be shop/staff liaison.
With community support Tremont Place should be a real success in terms of quality merchandise for Denver and more funds for the YWCA programs which benefit all in the Denver area. The opening took place October 19th and 20th. Visitors met YWCA board members and volunteers, sipped coffee and saw the expert craftsmanship displays by Denver women. The YWCA of Metropolitan Denver is a United Way Agency member. For more information about Tremont Place, YWCA classes, or any YWCA program, phone 825-7141 or come to 1545 Tremont Place.
LIBRARY OFFERS PROGRAMS ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN
The Denver Public Library will continue a variety of childrens events at its agencies throughout the month of November. These programs are open to young people free of charge, but do require tickets which may be picked up in advance at the agency where the childrens program will be attended. The coming weeks schedule includes:
Tuesday, Nov. 6: 9:30 a.m., story hour for preschoolers, Virginia Village Library, 1425 S. Holly St. _
Wednesday, Nov. 7: 10 a.m., story hour for preschoolers, Smiley Library, W. 46th Ave. and Utica St.; 10:30 a.m., story hour for preschoolers, Hadley Library, S. Grove St. and W. Jewell Ave.; 10:30 a.m., story hour for preschoolers, Park Hill Library, Montview Blvd. and Dexter St.
Thursday, Nov. 8: 3:15 p.m., program for all ages, Serendipity Thursday, Park Hill Library, Montview Blvd. and Dexter St.
Friday, Nov. 9: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., film for preschoolers featuring Adelie Penguins of the Antartic: and 4 p.m., film for all ages featuring Wild Wings, all at Warren Library, E. 34th Ave. and High St.
Saturday, Nov. 10: 10:30 a.m., film for all ages featuring The Red Balloon, Smiley Library, W. 46th Ave. and Utica St.; 2:30 p.m., program for all ages, Animal Tricksters from Here to There, Eugene Field library, E. Ohio Ave. and S. University Blvd.
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Operation Project Santa Claus Hirshfield Community Center Activities
The Colorado Pinto Project, located at 1312 Santa Fe Drive, is currently sponsoring a toy drive for Christmas.
The idea came from an inmate at the Colorado State Penitentiary, Toby Gallegos.
Mr. Gallegos presented his idea to the proper authorities at CSP and to Ken Padilla, a Denver lawyer, and to Julius Martinez, a full time volunteer at Pinto Project.
According to Julius Martinez, the toys will be repaired by the inmates at CSP. To date, 5 truckloads have been sent to Camp George West near Golden, where they are checked out for contraband and then they are forwarded to Canon City.
The response has been very good and Mr. Martinez feels that the project will be a great success.
The tentative plans are to have a Christmas party for children of the inmates as well as some community children, depending on how many children the CSP Administration will permit to enter the penetentiary for
ment of curriculum, programs, and personnel
d. Assistance in both the 1973 and 1974 school budgets
e. Planning for the new building at Del Pueblo and West High School
a. Assistance to develop and coordinate a junior high school, now housed in our main building, formerly housed in our staff house
b. Personal counseling at both levels, junior and senior high, and encouragement for college goals
c. Same as elementary ADULT LEVEL
c. Christian principles
d. Classes: language, sewing, cooking,
e. Assistance in other programs in Adult Education, such asG.E.D.
f. Awareness of other ethnic groups, their problems and their heeds
b. Self improvement: physically, mentally, morally
c. Drug education
d. Participation as groups with other groups, especially (church groups
ORGANIZATION of the community for their issues
d. Drug awareness
e. Police problems
i. Business awareness
k. Unity of community and community agencies.
the party. Any toys left over will be distributed throughout Denver to needy families.
Operation Project Santa Claus is also being sponsored in other cities such as Boulder, Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
Julius Martinez feels that it is very good that the inmates are trying to help themselves as well as thinking of others. In the past, the inmates were responsible for raising approximately $1,000 for the Lucille Portillos Fund and donated 200 pints of blood for a hemophillia patient.
There is a desire by some people to make this an ongoing program for the CSP inmates because, according to Mr. Martinez, programs by inmates and community are more effective and successful than the programs forced on the inmates by the Administration at the Penetentiary.
For further information call 534-6892, or if you have any toys which you would like to donate to this worthy project, drop them off at 1312 Santa Fe Drive.
of the Master
The Neighborhood Church of the Master (Baptist) has been in the west side community for approximately two years. For its first year of existence, it met in a west side home. Last November it moved to its present location at 325 West Irvington. A large house serves as its gathering place.
The church offers worship and preaching services at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday, with discussion and instruction groups following at 11:15. Classes are provided for each age group. There fi?';;a Bible stud||Â§ every Sunday evening at 6:00 and a sharing and prayer meeting every Thursday at 7:^30 p.m. All people are invited to attend any of the regular church meetings.
; i||s the ^hir^h growsv it is anxious to expand its services to the community. Last summer, activities for community children were provided each Tuesday evening. This fall, a girls club was started pill Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and periodic activities for boys will be provided by the boys Sunday School class.
The pastor, Donald R. Davis, and people of the church are anxious to help meet the spiritual and social needs of people and invite the calls of neighbors. For further information, call 744-2231 or 233-7449.
Hirschfeld Community Center is a recreation center for older persons and is located in Hirschfeld Apartments (333 W. Ellsworth) on the first floor. The program is open to residents of the apartments but also to older persons throughout the city of Denver, and especially the Westside.
Hirschfeld Towers Ladies Club is preparing for a Bazaar to be held on Friday, November 9th, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Various booths will have goods for sale, including food, candy, and a huge rummage sale. Contributions are welcome and the public is invited.
On October 31st, there was a Halloween Dance in costume. A big fun affair with all the ghosts, goblins and wierdos. Intermission was a fun time with lots of games, tricks and treats. A prize was given, for the best costume and those who didnt wear one really had to watch out!
Hirschfeld Towers is looking alive with a new dynamic fall program coming up. Ceramics, a popular activity, has a large class meeting on Mondays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Silver Sounds on Tuesday morning is an enjoyable group open to anyone who likes
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to sing. A new exercise class is being formed and is geared to the senior citizens ability. Soon to be investigated is the possibility of classes in writing, crafts, and any other activity requested by older persons. We need your ideas.
The card party for October was a sell-out, so if you want in next month, be sure and make your reservations early. The card party will be November 28th at the Community Center.
Thanksgiving Dinner will be served on Monday, November 19th at noon. The cost is two dollars ($2.00) for the meal and reservations are necessary.
MINOR IN CHICANO
Byers Library at 675 Santa Fe Drive is attempting to meet the needs of the community by expanding its services. Since June, Byers has served as Right to Read headquarters.
Right to Read is a unique volunteer program which teaches adults to read in order that they may get along better in lifes everyday situations. If needed, Spanish speaking students can first take part in Byers English as a Second Language Program (ESL), before beginning their reading studies.
The library is also in the process of increasing its Chicano
heritage collection, as well as its Spanish language collection. Other services offered include Spanish translations and a referral service for other social needs.
On October 26, 1973,
Colorado Right to Read Day, Byers Library was rededicated and renamed Community Learning Center. The entire Right to Read staff extends a warm invitation to the entire community. We hope they visit us at the Community Learning Center to either join the Right to Read Program or take advantage of one of its other services.
Outreach Services far
Contacts with community groups and agencies throughout Denver are being enlarged by Outreach Services for the Aging, Inc. The project seeks to locate lonely, withdrawn older persons and encourage them to obtain the assistance they need from services available in the community. An Outreach staff member could, for instance, help an older person with sight problems obtain an eye examination and eyeglasses, .or assist in reading or writing letters, shopping, and many other services.
Outreach staff members are asking friends, family members, ministers and others interested in older persons who need help
to call the project at 573-9631. Outreach Services for the Aging has outposts conveniently located in northwest, northeast and southwest Denver in an effort to better serve our community. Residents should call the central number to have a senior counselor or volunteer worker call on you. Spanish speaking friends may call 934-4289 for assistance.
STUDIES AT METRO
It will now be possible to earn a minor in Chicano Studies by attending night classes at Metropolitan State College.
This announcement was made this week by Prof. Rueben Aguirre, Chairman of the department. In the past years the department has offered classes in this area only on a limited basis.
Effective the winter quarter all required and elective courses for a minor will be offered at night on a rotating basis. The total required hours for a minor in Chicano Studies is 27 quarter hours. In order to avoid full time instructors from teaching over-* loads. The majority of the night classes will be taught by part-time instructors.
It is anticipated that many night students will take advantage of this opportunity. The need for bilingual and bicultural trained personnel is in great demand. Those desiring further information should call 292-5190, ext. 255, or visit the offices of the department located at 1300 Glenarm in the AA Building between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Chicano students to attend Metropolitan State College for the winter quarter: APPLY NOW.
Grants and scholarships available for those in need of financial assistance. For information call 292-5190, ext. 255, or visit the department of Chicano Studies at 1300 Glenarm at the the AA Building, room 215 or 216.
The Westside Action Center has been providing services to
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The Action Center in the past has been open during the hours of 8-5, but just recently the staff at the Center has decided to keep the Center open until 6 p.m.
Although the Counselors at the Action Center are on call 24 hours a day, there are many people coming to the Center for services after 5 p.m. There are also numerous phone calls for advice, information, etc.
The staff members feel that their job at the Westside Action Center is to Serve the People and this is just another step in that direction.
The Counselors at the Action Center are Muriel Ashmore, Senior Counselor; Rita Lucero, Mary Villafuerte, and Victor Cordova.
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Quotes Worth Questioning Wages Concern You?
The following quotes were compiled by the Sensible Water Use For some time now argu-Coalition which has been encouraging area residents to defeat the ments exist that the Federal Water Bond Election on November 6. These quotes hopefully will Government wage freeze laws point out to voters the need for defeating this bond proposal. prevent a company (corp.) from
granting wage increases greater
Effectiveness of Water Metering: than 5,5% across the board. This
It would cost water customers $20 million to install meters in the type of federal control allows older areas of Denver and the net benefit appears marginal. for expansion either at the em-
Colorado Public Expenditures Council ployee level or production level Special Report; July 27,1973 or both.
Average per capita use (of water) dropped about 40% in Boulder The fact is that NOT since when universal metering became fully effective. the governments Phase II have
Black and Veatch Report to the DWB; wages been legally limited to a January 29,1973
5.5% increase per year. Currently, Phase II limits wages in the health, food, and construction industries.
All other industry falls under voluntary regulations applying to workers who number more than 5,000. Wage adjustments for workers in smaller plants (less than 5,000) are excluded to the rules of voluntary compliance. At this point, if wages concern you, maybe the idea of
contracting for your services is evident. Of course, legal counseling and organizing come into the picture. If youre thinking less than 5,000 consult your legal aid office or labor representative (union rep). Remember that the Economic Stabilization Act of 1970 was based on a myth, wages cause inflation, while prices, profits and salaries boomed, and today we face the problem of a balanced economy.
Service Beyond Authority?
It is the policy of the Denver Water Board to provide an adequate water supply ... to meet the needs of the Denver Metropolitan Area...
TWB Campaign brochure Questions and Answers, used during the election, July 11,1972 .. said Corporation (City and County of Denver)... shall have the power... to conduct and operate water works ... for the use of said city and county and the inhabitants thereof...
Colorado Constitution, Article XX, Section 1
Don't Let the Water Run Out?
On July 12, 1971, Denvers use of water for a single day came periously close to exceeding the amount processed.
Campaign brochure by the Water Is Necessary Committee in support of the 1972 Water Bond Election ... the people of Denver, as distinguished from the entire metropolitan area, will have water coming out their ears in the year 2010 even if there are no further developments in the system at all! James R. Ogilvie, Secretary-Manager, Denver Water Board as quoted in Sen. Berminghams press release before the July 11,1972, bond election
Colorado's Mountain Streams?
Its inaccurate to say we have or will dry up streams.
James Ogilvie, Secretary-Manager, DWB quoted in The Denver Post June 25,1973, p. 35 A tour of high mountain streams near Winter Park confirmed that the (Denver) water board dried up some streams completely....
The Rocky Mountain News September 19,1973, p. 8
Water: A Planning Tool or Not?
Therefore, the Board reaffirms its long established policy that the waters and facilities it administers shall not become a tool for directing or controlling population growth or distribution.. ..
DWB Resolution, July 25, 1973 It seems apparent to me that the ultimate tool of control is the availability of water.
The Denver Water Board ... has perhaps had more to do with the size and shape and configuration of the metropolitan area than any planning or zoning board.
Former Governor John Love 1972 Message to the General Assembly
Disregard for Citizen Advisory Recommendations:
You can be sure we (Denver Water Board) look forward to receiving your thoughts and will weigh them very carefully as we finalize plans for the future.
DWB President Temple, addressing the Capital Improvements Advisory Committee (a citizen advisory board formulated by the DWB) as quoted in the CIAC report, May 23,1973
Water Unlimited? Or an Economic Trade-off?
We believe it (the 12-year water program) will be a sound foundation on which the people of Denver can rely in building for the needs of succeeding generations, while at the same time protecting the rights and needs of all Coloradoans and preserving the environment.
DWB Press release, May 13,1973 It seems clear, however, that we cannot support both the irrigated agricultural industry and a heavily urbanized population. Some choice may have to be made between the two.
Colorado, Options for the Future (Final report of the Colo. Environmental Commission), p. 38; March, 1972
Juvenile Court and COPE News
The Field Probation Unit of Denver Juvenile Court has moved to 770 Grant St. The new telephone number is 892-7941. Probation officers will be workr ing from this office as well as from the COPE offices in the community.
There are two COPE offices in the Southwest quadrant of the city. The Westside office is at 1000 Navajo and the telephone number is 623-1118. Joe Cruz and Anthony Hermosillo are the workers at the office and in the community. Richard Cardenas and Mrs. Eleanor (Marti) Lopez are the probation officers who work at the center as well as the new office on Grant Street.
Martha Wadsworth is the
COPE worker at the Southwest Community Center, 1000 S. Lowell, and the telephone number is 936-2368.
Presently there is an opening for a trainee in the COPE program. The person will work in the Southwest office. The trainee works under the supervision of a probation officer and carries a case load of seven persons. The work is 20 hours per week at a salary of $252.50 to $358.00 per month. The applicant should be a community resident and know the community he is to work in. His work will be home visits, counseling with children, and meeting with other COPE staff. Any person interested in the job should call Rose Cox at COPE office (892-1230).
Mr. Max Salas, owner of the Star Barber Shop, poses in front of his newly remodeled quarters at 666 Santa Fe Drive. The West-side Recorder would like to commend Mr. Salas for his efforts at improving the appearance of Santa Fe Drive, and we would encourage businessmen in the area to follow his example.
Eight homes will be restored on West 9th Street and will be used by students attending Auraria Higher Education Complex. The residents of the structures were displaced by Denver Urban Renewal Authority.
First Mennonite Church
The annual bazaar at First Mennonite Church will be held Saturday, November 3rd, from 4:00 8:00 p.m. at the Church-Community Center, 430 West Ninth Avenue.
Women from the church have made several quilts which will beau ctioned off during the evening. For sale, there will be baked and canned goods, hand sewn items, toys, arts and crafts items, Christmas decorations, etc. A chili supper will also be served.
Profit from the bazaar this year wgj|& be .donated fcp Mennonite Central Committee and its program to feed families
This housing unit at 508 West 8th poses as a danger to children in the area; it is abandoned and the owner has not taken precautions to board the structure up securely. H. D. Lynch of 1869 Coronado Parkway is the owner.
in North Africa who are suffering from the famine there.
The items for sale have been made by members of the church. A number of people use this occasion to begin Christmas shopping for family and friends.
The United Farm Workers held their First Constitutional Convention from September 21-23 in Fresno, California. There was a very strong feeling of solidarity as 414 delegates of all races met to adopt a constitution, pass resolutions, and elect officers. Cesar Chavez was unanimously acclaimed as President of the Union.
All around the country, the boycotts on table grapes, head lettuce, Safeway, and various small chains are in full force. Last summer the Teamsters Union signed sweetheart contracts with the growers without allowing farmworkers to vote for the union of their choice. In protest, the workers struck the grape fields for four months, until the murders of two strikers forced us to call off picketing to prevent further violence. At the end of August, 500 farmworkers left California to join the boycott staffs in 40 cities.
In addition to boycotting Safeway, we in Denver are working hard to get the smaller food chains to agree not to sell grapes. As of October 22, all Target, K-Mart, and Friendly markets have taken grapes off their shelves. Were now picketing Albertsons until they, too, promise to sell their grapes. So, please, dont do your shopping at either Albertsons or Safeway.
The proposed agreement between the Teamsters and UFW IS NOT IN EFFECT. Frank Fitzsimmons of the Teamsters has refused to sign. Therefore, the situation hasnt changed at all: continue to BOYCOTT LETTUCE, GRAPES, SAFEWAY, and until further notice ALBERTSONS. The chain stores and growers are hurting. Our power as consumers is great when we stick together! The boycott here in the city will win our struggle in the fields!
If you want to do more for the farmworkers movement or if you want more information, call 534-2562 or 534-2471.
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of the hospital at this writing. She expresses her deep appreciation to the congregation for
daughter. Melody Mosely, of 1114 Inca Street presented her with her second grandchild, an 8 lb. 7 oz. baby girl born Aug. 26, 1973. The baby was named Cheyleian Dain Mosely. Her little brother, Stephen celebrated his first birthday the 4th of September.
Flloyd Gallegos, son of Antonio and Clorinda Gallegos wed Esperanza Sigala, daughter of Francisco and Ascencion Sigala on September 22, 1973. Witnesses were Michael and Maxine Meastes. May they have a long and beautiful marriage.
Anthony Becerra, son of Amelia Becerra was married to Margaret Rubio, daughter of Anthony and Tillie Rubio on October 6, 1973, at St. Josephs Church. We wish them a long and happy marriage. Witnesses were Dennis and Frances Gomez.
We extend our care and concern to Mrs. Grace Gibson who since Sept. 23 has been confined to Presbyterian Hospital with pneumonia. She has gained strength to be enabled to move to the minimum care unit
their interest and prayers.
We follow Mrs. Edna Stewart with our care and concern as she is now at home from her recent Stay in St. Lukes Hospital and the prospect she had in the near future for a return to the hospital for surgery. We hope and pray that ail will go well with her.
We extend our sympathy to Warren Johnston who suffered the painful loss of the second toe on his right foot by the accidental discharge of his shotgun as he was out on a hunting trip. We understand at this writing he is facing the need for some skin grafting to close the wound. We hope and pray for his speedy healing.
We extend our care to Mrs, Etta Reynolds who sustained a painful injury to her right leg in a fall downtown in August and because of the painfully slow healing requiring daily medical dressing was hindered in her long laid plans to make the trip to the Holy Land. We are glad to report at this writing that she is recov-
Steve. Nunez of 245 Delaware and John Richman Olvera of 431 Fox died on October 15th and 16th from sleeping in a ear that was running while parked in a garage. Mr. and Mrs, John Olvera are the parents of John and are very grateful to the Emergency Services and Intensive Care facilities at Denver G e nera 1 Hospital for their around the clock care for John. LaRasa and Auraria Headstart staffs wish to express their sympathy to both families, and especially to Mrs. Olvera since she has contributed so much time to the Headstart Program.
Mrs. Mabel Cecil, 74, a long time resident of the Westside who resided at 814 West 11th Ave. since 1945, passed away at 7 a.m., October 20, 1973, at the Mile High Medical Center. Mr. and Mrs. Cecil raised their children here on the Westside, and were very fine neighbors. All of our sympathy goes to the Cecil family ... gone but not forgotten by her neighbors.
Mrs. Gertrude Churchill of 1113 Inca suffered a light heart attack while attending church service October 18, 1973. She is home now and recuperating. The neignbors wish you well, Mrs. Churchill.
Mrs. Tekla Larson, senior citizen of 1127 Inca, underwent surgery on her eye October 11, 1973. She has returned home and is being cared for by her sons and daughters. She has lived at her present address for over 50 years. We wish you a speedy recovery, Mrs. Larson.
Mrs. Elizabeth Tipton and Sister Mrs. Ethel Lemon, senior citizens of the Westside who live at 619 Lipan St., got off the bus on 7th and Kalamath 3 teenage girls followed them home, knocking down Mrs. Lemon who is recuperating from a broken hip, and tried to snatch her purse (which they did NOT get). She screamed, and the girls ran. This was in broad daylight, 3 p.m., October 20,1973.
Mrs. Dick Helm, daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Tipton, who had resided with Mrs. Tipton for years, experienced tragedy on a recent vacation to Canada. Her husband, Dick Helm, passed away from a heart attack. The body was shipped to Grand Junction for burial October 16, 1973. He belonged to the Masons Lodge. All of our sympathy, .
Mrs. Ida Moseley, after some absence, will be back in the neighborhood selling Watkins products. Shell be seeing you.
The Westside Action Center are serving lunches every Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at 1100 Santa Fe Drive. Profits from the lunches will be donated to the fund raising for Christmas baskets. Help us to help the community?
POLICE JOB OPENINGS
The most important man in America today is the Police Officer. This statement was made by Chief Justice Arthur. .. And in these times this fact is still true, so with this, I would like to extend an invitation to those men to apply for a position on the Denver Police Department. A job with a challenge, promotion, and future.
Please call Officer Gil Ortiz, 825-1531 or 297-2378.
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South West Denver Youth Services Bureau
A planning group has been meeting for the past six months to write up a youth services bureau for the Southwest quadrant of the city of Denver. This youth service bureau will work with youth who have problems and have been sent through juvenile court.
The planning group includes persons from Southwest Denver, Westwood, Platte Valley, Sun ValleyLas Casitas, and Westside communities. Mr. Gabriel Mason from the Southwest Action Center is chairman of the planning group. Meetings of the committees and planning group are usually held at Auraria Community Center or Westside Welfare office at noon on Tuesday or Thursday.
The youth service bureau will include counseling, referrals, coordination of services to youth, development of new services in the community, and
evaluation of organizations serving youth.
The other three quadrants of the city have youth service bureaus which have been funded or are already in operation. Southwest Denver is the last area of the city to develop this concept which has been promoted and funded by LEAA or Denver High Impact City Program.
Members of the planning group from the Westside include Brice Balmer, Adolph Gomez, Fred DeHerrera, Sonny Soriano, Andy Garcia, and Bob Gazotti.
When funded, the program will serve youth between ages 10-18. The program does not conflict with the Youth Development program on the Westside since the new program will serve the whole Southwest quadrant of the city and it will be working with youth who have more serious problems.
Mark Anthony Morehead, son of Richard and Mary Jane Morehead of 317 Delaware. Sponsors were Trinidad and Martha Montoya.
Tammy Rene Martinez, daughter of Martin and Eleanor Barros of 219 Galapago. Sponsors were Raymond and Mary Martinez.
Leroy Julian Abeyta, son of Leroy and Patricia Abeyta of 910 Lipan St. Sponsors were Joe and Julia Ruiz.
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James Jonathan Payne, son of James and Laura Payne of 30 W. 11th Ave. Sponsors were James and Charlotte Payne. t
Michael Anthony Romero, son of Edward and Gloria Romero of 1304 Winona Ct. Sponsors were Bennie and Alice Lucero.
Antonia Justicia Martinez, daughter of Rudolfo and Dora Martinez of 154 W. 2nd Ave. Sponsors were Nick and Amy Ulibarri.
Ronald Mark Finn, son of Joseph and Lydia Finn of 1370
S. Stuart Way, Sponsors were Lawrence and Mary Martinez.
Atlee Andrew Timothy Candelaria, son of Anthony and Sherry Candelaria of 903 Lipan St. Sponsors were Wilfred and Erlanda Baca.
Eric Michael Paul Ortegon, son of Michael and Dorothy Ortegon of 18 Fox St. Sponsors were Paul Quintana and Maria Ortegon.
Janice Clarita Sanchez, daughter of Martin and Florietta Sanchez of 530 Galapago St. Sponsors were Joseph and Erla Duarte.
Mr. and Mrs. John Kemm, 560 Kalamath, celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary June 21st. The couple has three children: Jennette Trujillo, Shirley Bennett, and John Kemm, Jr.
They were married June 21, 1924, at St. Leos Catholic Church. This was at a time that St. Cajetans wasnt even built. They have six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
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