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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 […]

At-Large Candidate Julie Bañuelos Q&A

Website:   www.banuelos4education.org Biographical information Julie Bañuelos has served 15 years in Denver classrooms as a teacher, a union leader and a community advocate.   When looking at the past four years, how would you describe DPS’ legacy? Since I spent 2000-2016 in DPS classrooms as a teacher, union leader and community advocate, the last […]

At Large Candidate Barbara O’Brien Q&A

Website: www.barbarafordenverkids.com Biographical information Barbara O’Brien is currently vice president of the school board and is running for re-election. She served as lieutenant governor of Colorado from 2007 to 2011. When looking at the past four years, how would you describe DPS’ legacy?  I’m proud of the unprecedented growth in K-3rd reading for all groups […]

At-Large Candidate Robert Speth Q&A

Website: www.spethforstudents.org Biographical information Robert Speth holds a civil engineering degree along with a materials science program Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked for various technology companies over the years. He and his wife Kristen are DPS parents with two children in neighborhood schools. When looking at the past four years, […]

GPHC Annual Meeting Oct. 5

Catch Up With Friends; Get Updates On The ‘Hood By Cara DeGette Editor, GPHC It’s October, and that means it’s time for the annual meeting of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. Every year the volunteer-based Registered Neighborhood Organization sponsors an annual meeting, to provide members and neighbors with a general update on work done over […]

Life On Colfax

Will Denver Voters Give This Old Wicked Street Some Love On Nov. 7? By Cara DeGette, Editor, GPHC Colfax Avenue, traversing along the southern boundary of Park Hill, is 26.1 miles long, the longest commercial street in the United States. The street was named in honor of Schuyler Colfax, the long-ago Speaker of the U.S. House […]

$20.5 Million Hole In One

Denver Buys Park Hill Golf Course; Future Of Property Uncertain On Sept. 21, Clayton Early Learning announced plans to sell the 155 acres of land that currently comprises the Park Hill Golf Course to the City of Denver, for $20.5 million. The historic Clayton Campus, at Colorado Boulevard and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, was […]

Cash In Mind: The Sky Is The Limit

Oct. 16 Forum To Highlight School Board Campaign Finance, Ballot Issues By Sally Augden League of Women Voters A large chunk of everyone’s state income and local property taxes goes to support public schools, making it incumbent, one would think, on voters to pay close attention to the election of school board members who will […]

Opinion: Questions Linger Over East High Cheer Report

By Cara DeGette and Lynn Kalinauskas On Sept. 22, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg held a late Friday afternoon press conference to announce the findings of what he has repeatedly called an “independent” investigation into the events at East High School. The investigation involved cheer coach Ozell Williams and graphic videotapes showing young female […]

Birdland: Hello, Chickadee

The Black-Capped Chickadee is bouncy and acrobatic, swooping in to grab a seed and calling out its distinctive “chickadee-dee-dee-dee.” A flock of chickadees is called a banditry, a nod to their masklike appearances complete with black caps and bibs, and white cheeks. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology notes this bird is “almost universally considered cute […]

Opinion: Green Space Should Not Be A Card Game

Mapping The Future Of Park Hill Golf Course By Georgia Garnsey, Special to the GPHN I’ve served on the Park Hill Golf Course Citizen’s Advisory Committee over the past year representing the parks advocacy group City Park Friends and Neighbors. Other members of the committee include residents from around the Park Hill Golf Course, from Park […]

The Artists Are In

Annual Open Studio Tour To Benefit A.R.K. Special to the GPHN This year, more than a dozen artists will participate in 10 open studios, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All studios are accessible by bike and admission is free to browsers. Ten percent of sales will be […]

Opinion: Why We Stand With Araceli

Providing Sanctuary Is The Human Thing To Do By Rabbi Adam Morris Special to the GPHN Araceli Velasquez physically entered into sanctuary in Park Hill United Methodist Church and Temple Micah on Tuesday, Aug. 8. In my mind and my heart, her spirit first entered into Sanctuary with our communities last Tuesday, Nov. 8 — […]

Earth Matters: Diversity And Sustainability

We Need To Preserve Park Hill’s Legacy As you’ve no doubt read about in recent issues, earlier this year Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. was accepted into the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program with the City of Denver. The program focuses on areas that include ways to preserve and protect energy, air, water, land and people. Over […]

School Board Election: Eight Candidates, Three Seats

Park Hill To Help Decide DPS Future On Nov. 8 Editor’s Note: For the past several years, the Denver Public School board has been comprised of seven members who have exhibited unanimous decision-making on nearly every issue that has come before the elected body. On Nov. 7, Denver voters will decide whether to continue the […]

Community Announcements

Conversations On Race Colorado Humanities will present conversations in Park Hill and Five Points designed to dive deeply into changing the legacy of race in our communities. Two groups will each meet twice to view film clips and have discussion during two Saturdays in October. The series culminates in a potluck at Blair Caldwell African-American […]

Giving Thanks, Through The Years

Holiday Meal Boxes Expected To Exceed 300 This Year By Sierra Fleenor, GPHC Executive Director Right about now you may be contemplating your Halloween costume or your Dia de Los Muertos sugar skulls, but here at Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., Thanksgiving is just around the corner. That means we are hoarding cans of vegetables, counting […]

Spilling the Beans: They Call Her Judy ‘Bungalow’ Wolfe

40 Years: 450 Homes Sold  By Cara DeGette Editor, GPHC Like any realtor worth her salt, Judy Wolfe knows better than to rattle the skeletons in the closets she’s been showing for 40 years. But, decades of selling homes in Park Hill – some of them multiple times – makes for some good stories. Fourteen […]

Delicious Autumn

Time To Snuggle Up With A Book Or Three By Becky Corning Librarian, Pauline Robinson Branch Apple picking, hayrides, pumpkin drinks. Fall is in the air! With the leaves just beginning to change, it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with your favorite child and share some fall stories. Following are a few favorite fall […]

Home Tour & Street Fair Exceeds Expectations

Preliminary calculations indicate that under the leadership of Lana Cordes and Rob Barber, the Sept. 10 Home Tour and Street Fair exceeded its goal by about 20 percent. The Home Tour is the largest fundraiser for Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., a registered neighborhood organization, and the funds help to pay for programs and the […]

Squash As Big As My Head

Fall Has Arrived; Thanks To All By Sierra Fleenor GPHC Executive Director Fall has finally arrived and with it comes dropping temperatures and gardens producing squash the size of my head. While we can’t do much about the former, we’ve been distributing more produce than ever this year including several varieties of the latter. Our […]

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