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DPS Board Candidates Respond To East High Cheerleading Firestorm

Responses Range From Calls For Transparency To Hands Off By Lynn Kalinauskas GPHC Education Chair In an October editorial, the Greater Park Hill News weighed in on the events that led to the retirement of East High School Principal Andy Mendelsberg and the resignation of athletic director Lisa Porter. Their departures followed the cheerleading forced […]

PARK HILL CHARACTER: A Likely Love Story

Harold And Claudia Fields On Race, Justice, and Building Bridges The sculpture that was handed to Harold Fields stands discretely on a bookshelf. It’s in the corner of the dining room, in the tidy Park Hill bungalow he shares with his wife, Claudia. It joins several other statuettes, testaments to Harold’s decades-long quest for racial […]

7,000 Hours This Year, And Counting

Highlights Of A Year In The Neighborhood By Sierra Fleenor Executive Director, GPHC Every October, GPHC celebrates our achievements, elects new and returning board leaders, and recognizes our outstanding volunteers at our annual meeting. This year, we met at Park Hill Golf Club on Thursday, Oct. 5, for dinner and great conversation. If you were […]

Birdland: Bold and Sassy

Steller’s Jays are bold, inquisitive, intelligent, and noisy. These jay birds, dark blue with stunning dark crowns, are found in the evergreen forests of Colorado and throughout the mountainous West. They are graceful in flight, swooping through the forest canopy, patrolling the woods. This Steller’s Jay was photographed at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in the north-central […]

City Park Golf Course To Close Nov. 1

Lawsuit To Halt Stormwater Project Fails, Judge Calls Loss Of Trees ‘Materially Detrimental’ by Cara DeGette  A legal challenge to stop the city from proceeding with an extensive drainage project at City Park Golf Course failed in late October, giving the green light to the City of Denver to proceed with plans to redesign the […]

Dialing For DPS Dollars

A Breakdown Of Money Flowing into School Board Races You know the saying. Follow the money. The candidates running for DPS Board of Education filed their first campaign finance reports with the Colorado Secretary of State on Oct. 17. What do they reveal? District 3 – Park Hill South Of Montview Boulevard Carrie Olson, a […]

The Mayor Says ‘Yes’

Bond Measures Would Help Zoo, Museums, Transit, Colfax By Michael B. Hancock Special to the GPHN It’s no secret we live in one of the greatest cities in America. Our economy is booming, our neighborhoods are vibrant and we have the Rocky Mountains on our doorstep. To keep pace with the growth and opportunity we’re […]

Letters to the Editor

The Lungs Of Our City Regarding what is happening at City Park Golf Course: As a former 17-year member of the Denver Parks & Recreation Advisory Board back when it had solid participatory inputs from all council districts, it is extraordinarily painful for me to see what is happening to the very lungs of our […]

Getting Ready To Rumble

Early Political Hijinks A Harbinger Of What’s To Come It seems that everything is early this year. Our first snowfall in the neighborhood came on Oct. 9. Everybody knows that in Denver it waits to snow until Halloween night. The 2018 legislative session started early, sort of, with a two-day special session that yielded bupkis. […]

Earth Matters:At 28th And Fairfax, We Could Have Both

Creative Solutions For Adding Parks and Greenspace By Tracey MacDermott Across the street from Greater Park Hill Community’s office at 28th and Fairfax, the developer HM Capital has acquired and torn down the east side of the block. The developer, Ben Maxwell, has all but landed a deal with Denver Parks & Recreation director Scott Gilmore […]

Fairfax Land Swap Deal Heats Up

by Cara DeGette A proposed land swap that would move a proposed neighborhood park inside a high-end development project at 28th and Fairfax has drawn the ire of neighbors who say they were not properly notified of the plan and also fear gentrification of the neighborhood. In response to heated pushback during the September Greater […]

KEEP IT OPEN SPACE: Keep Denver’s Legacy Alive

Park Hill Golf Course Should Be Open Space By Alice Kelly, Maggie Price, and Woody Garnsey Special to the GPHN In 1882, Denver’s elected officials had the vision to pay $57,000 (roughly equivalent to $1.27 million in 2016 dollars) to purchase 320 acres of land for City Park. This isolated land was in the prairie […]

BUILD ON IT: Don’t Shut The Doors To Newcomers

Balance Green Space With Housing At Park Hill Golf Course By Andrew Sense Special to the GPHN At the annual meeting of the Greater Park Hill Community on Oct. 7, the theme of the night was Park Hill’s history of inclusivity. Dick Young’s keynote address provided a brief history of the practice of red-lining in […]

Tips On Hiring a Contractor

Avoiding Construction Nightmares In Boom Times By Erik Carman Special to the GPHN Jackie is a Denver homeowner who wanted to update the tile in her upstairs bathroom. She called a contractor she had known for a while, one she had referred to friends in the past. Jackie’s contractor showed up the first day and […]

Community Announcements

Denver Now and Tomorrow The League of Women Voters Denver is hosting first-term City Council members Jolon Clark (District 7), Kevin Flynn (District 2), Stacie Gilmore (District 11), and Paul Kashmann (District 6), to discuss the city of Denver’s current issues and to forecast how the city will need to prepare for future growth of our […]

23rd and Dexter: Mike Mackey

By  Jack Farrar You’ve probably seen Mike Mackey in the vicinity of 23rd and Dexter.  Browsing the literature at the Park Hill Community Bookstore, or licking an ice cream cone from Spinelli’s, or waiting for the No. 20 bus. A former substitute in the Denver Public Schools system and a telecommunications salesman, he says he’s […]

Reading In Friendship, Reading In Joy

Pauline Robinson Library Book Club Closing In On 20 Years By Becky Corning Librarian, Pauline Robinson Branch Library “It was a good book,” noted one club member. “I liked it, I read it all,” she said with a grin. “It was a little soap opera-y, but the author shows promise,” added another. “I’d call it […]

East High Soccer: No. 1 and No. 1

Success Is A Continuation Of A Near-Flawless 2016 Season Photos and story by Reid Neureiter Special to the GPHN    On Oct. 10, Colorado’s No. 1-ranked Denver East Boys varsity soccer team won its 12th game out of 13 against the Far Northeast Warriors. The Warriors were ranked number five in Colorado and the match represented […]

Giving Thanks For Our Volunteers

Gearing Up To Share Thanksgiving Meals By Sierra Fleenor Executive Director, GPHC October was an incredible month here at Greater Park Hill Community. We had new volunteers, members and donors join us in our work, and we give thanks to each and every one of you. Early in October, we had master composter volunteers from […]

Caring for the Senior Alien

Our Cats Own Us; Here’s What To Do Seniors are special in all species, but today we are going to focus on the felines. I hope you are all familiar with some of the cat memes and jokes going around where we humans are the alien captors, because those are the goggles I want you […]

District 4 Candidate Jennifer Bacon Q&A

Website: www.BaconforDenverKids.com Biographical information Jennifer Bacon is a classroom teacher, school administrator, lawyer, and parent advocate, She earned a JD from the College of William & Mary, a master’s in education from Florida International University, and bachelor’s in business management from Tulane University. When looking at the past four years, how would you describe DPS’ […]

District 4 Candidate Tay Anderson Q&A

Website: www.tayanderson.org Biographical information Auontai (Tay) Anderson is the former student body president of Manual High School. He currently attends Metropolitan State University of Denver, studying political science. When looking at the past four years, how would you describe DPS’ legacy? DPS has been hacked by the “reform” movement. Essentially, outside interests have hijacked our district, implementing high […]

District 4 Candidate Rachele Espiritu

Website: www.rachelefordenver.com Biographical information Rachele Espiritu is a parent of two DPS students. She was appointed last year to fill an opening on the board and is running for her first full term. She lives in Stapleton with her husband and two sons. Espiritu received her B.A. from the University of California at San Diego […]

District 3 Candidate Mike Johnson Q&A

Website: www.mikefordenverkids.com Biographical information Mark Johnson graduated from Georgetown Law School and has practiced law for more than 40 years. He is running for a second term on the board. He lives near Cheesman Park with his wife, Carol Friesen. They have three daughters, who have all graduated from DPS schools. When looking at the […]

District 3 Candidate Carrie Olson Q&A

Website: www.carrieaolson.com Biographical information Carrie Olson is a middle and high school teacher at West Leadership Academy. She has been teaching in Denver Public Schools since 1985. She received a BA from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and a master’s from the University of Colorado at Denver. When looking at the past four years, how […]

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