Colorado oil and gas companies are throwing cash to fight, support 2018 ballot measures

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DENVER — Big threat equals big money, that’s the name of the game for Colorado oil and gas companies for the upcoming November elections.

Campaign finance records show operators are spending millions of dollars to fight back against ballot initiatives aimed at limiting drilling across the Front Range.

Initiative 97 would push setback requirements for new wells to 2,500 feet from neighborhoods – five times the current restrictions of 500 feet from homes.

"The reason we’re doing this as communities is we’re our own last line of defense," said initiative 97 organizer Suzanne Spiegel.

It’s a move opponents say would halt drilling in the state and have significant economic impacts.

"This initiative is economically devastating to the state of Colorado," said Protect Colorado spokeswoman Karen Crummy. "Not only would it cost thousands of jobs, but it would cost billions in actual economic impact."

To fight back, oil and gas companies are throwing cash at Protect Colorado, a political action committee supporting industry-friendly initiatives and opposing any limits on drilling. Since January, records show the industry has doled out $8.4 million. Anadarko, the state’s largest oil and gas company, wrote a check for more than $2 million. Noble Energy and Extraction Oil and Gas contributed another $4 million in May.

"We are the largest oil and natural gas producer in Colorado, directly employing more than 1,000 Coloradans and investing hundreds of millions of dollars each year in the state to develop the resources we all use every day," said Anadarko spokeswoman Jennifer Brice. "The financial support provided to these industry coalitions is available to the public and essential in providing information to voters about the benefits our industry provides to the state and supporting the livelihoods of the thousands of people and dozens of communities that depend upon our business."

While it’s clear which measures the industry — and Protect Colorado are against — the group is also helping fund other initiatives that favor the industry.

Initiatives 108 through 113 would essentially hedge their bets. They all strengthen property owner rights and would force the state to compensate companies and property owners if new regulations diminish the value of their land or keep them from being able to use their mineral rights.

"A number of our members benefit from being able to generate that kind of energy on their property," said vice president of advocacy for the Colorado Farm Bureau Shawn Martini.

The Colorado Farm Bureau is the organization behind initiative 108 and said it has a team of volunteers actively gathering signatures in rural parts of the state.

"Allowing all Coloradans at least the chance to say, ‘look I’ve been damaged and I should be compensated,’" explained Martini.

None of these state initiatives are on the November ballot yet, and are all still at the signature gathering phase.

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Taylor Dental brings Dentistry from the Heart to Pensacola

Our community has a generosity of spirit throughout the year. Here are good things happening in the area and opportunities to help organizations trying to make life brighter for people in need:

THANK YOU FOR GIVING

Taylor Dental recently partnered with nonprofit Dentistry from the Heart to provide a day of free dental care.

Patients started lining up 14 hours in advance to reserve their place in line for cleanings, extractions and fillings. The dental team started work at 7 a.m. Friday and served more than 100 patients for free.

“We are truly thankful for the dentists, hygienists, assistants and front office team that gave their time and for the generous donations from local businesses that helped us successfully reach those in the community that could not otherwise afford dental care,” said Dr. Andrew Taylor in a news release.

Local businesses partnered with Taylor Dental to provide dental supplies, drinks, snacks and food for the volunteers and patients. Those businesses included Harvesters Credit Union, ECUA’s Quench Buggy, Boyett’s, Honey Baked Ham, Firehouse Subs, Milton Bakery, Dunkin Donuts, Chick fil A, Winn Dixie, Sonny’s BBQ, Henry Schein, Patterson Dental, DDR Properties, Lamar Advertising and My Father’s Vineyard.

WHS supports Covenant Hospice through annual run

Booker T. Washington High School’s Student Government Association raised $8,000 this year — its largest amount ever — through its 5K charity run for Covenant Hospice.

The school’s Student Government Association has hosted the run for the past 13 years, and on average, the students have raised $6,000 each year.

"This year’s $8,000 was the largest amount we have netted," said Pamela Hicks, Booker T. Washington High School’s SGA sponsor, in a news release.

On Wednesday morning, the students presented a check to representatives from Covenant Hospice.

Episcopal District makes large donation to Waterfront

On May 17, the 11th Episcopal District — consisting of more than 480 churches from Florida and the Bahamas — made a huge donation of goods to the Waterfront Rescue Mission.

Members of the 11th Episcopal District Sons of Allen recently donated socks, underwear, and boxed lunches to Waterfront Rescue Mission.

(Photo: Waterfront Rescue Mission Facebook page)

Attendees at the 11th Episcopal District Sons of Allen Men’s Retreat at Bethel AM.E. Church were asked to bring new men’s socks and underwear; they also donated 100 box lunches.

In addition, men on the Waterfront Rescue Mission Recovery Program were invited to all three days of the 17th annual retreat free of charge.

EVENTS THAT HELP
‘Mission: Transmission’ hopes to rescue radio ministry

WOW Radio ministry is planning a one-day fundraiser from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24, to raise support for repairs to the station’s transmission line. The project is called "Mission: Transmission."

Last October, WOW 90.9 was off the air for more than a week after taking a direct lightning strike on its tower. Some damage was sustained to the transmitter and major damage to the transmission line that goes from the transmitter to the antenna. WOW’s engineer determined more than 500 feet of expensive copper transmission line had to be replaced.

Over several months, WOW Radio tried to find used replacement line, and eventually WKRG News 5 — and their parent organization NexStar — donated all the line needed for the repair.

The fundraiser will help to transport the cable from Mobile to WOW 90.9’s transmitter site in Castleberry; purchase new mounting brackets; hire a tower climbing crew to climb up the 500-plus foot tower to take down the damaged line and install the new line; and complete additional repairs and parts replacements to the existing transmitter.

To donate, visit www.wowradio.org or use the donate button on the WOW90.9 Facebook page. Listeners will be provided a toll-free number to call to give by telephone during "Mission: Transmission."

Baptist Cancer Institute to host summer social

Baptist Cancer Institute is throwing a summer social from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St.

The social, which is being held on National Cancer Survivors Day, provides an opportunity for local cancer survivors to connect with other survivors to celebrate milestones.

Cancer survivors and a guest are encouraged to wear Hawaiian attire to the event, which is supported by the Baptist Health Care Foundation. There will be hula lessons and a live steel drum performance. Refreshments will be provided.

Admission is free and space is limited. Register by calling 850-469-2224.

Beauty students use talents to help cancer survivors

Students from V’s Student Cosmetology Services at Virginia College in Pensacola are finding ways to use their gifts and talents to make a difference in honor of those affected by cancer.

As a part of national Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day, the cosmetology students at the campus will offer complimentary haircuts, styling, facials, deep conditioning treatments roller sets and blowouts from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the campus at 312 E. Nine Mile Road, Suite 34C.

Survivors interested in receiving the services are asked to call 850-266-2268 to make an appointment. Light refreshments will be offered.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
PSC Kids’ College looking for teen helpers

Is your teen looking for service hours? Consider letting them volunteer with Chain Reaction this summer at Pensacola State College’s Kids’ College.

Teens serve as teaching assistants to professors at PSC for youth ages 6-12. Professors will teach a variety of fun subjects such as sports exploration, fashion design, video game development, photography, arts and crafts and more.

Teens must be a member of Chain Reaction to participate. They can join by visiting mychainreaction.org and clicking Sign Up to fill out their membership application.

For more information call 850-471-4685, or email info@mychainreaction.org to register for Kids’ College.

Volunteers needed to foster homeless pets

The Pensacola Humane Society needs individuals and families who are willing to open their homes to animals that are not quite ready for adoption.

In addition to foster homes for kittens and puppies, temporary homes are also needed for adult cats and dogs with special needs; those that require a bit more patience or hands-on care; those recovering from surgery or undergoing medical treatment; and older or stressed animals that need a quieter home setting.

Fostering has benefits for humans as well: the joy of raising a litter of puppies or kittens without a long-term commitment; the opportunity to teach your children responsible pet care and ownership; the knowledge that you are helping to nurture and socialize an animal that might otherwise be difficult to adopt.

The Humane Society will provide foster parent training and advice, veterinary care, medications, medical supplies, carriers and any other necessary equipment. Foster parents must be able to transport animals to and from the Humane Society or to a veterinarian as needed. Fostering is a perfect fit for retired persons or those who work from home or part-time.

For more information or a foster application, visit pensacolahumane.org/become-a-foster.

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Colorado and Colorado State reportedly have “handshake agreement” to continue Rocky Mountain Showdown

Colorado and Colorado State do not have any future games officially scheduled beyond 2020, but the two schools may have a verbal agreement to add future games in 2023 and 2024.

The Mercury News shared a look at the upcoming schedule rotation for the Pac-12 over the next eight seasons. Those with a close eye on Colorado’s upcoming schedule rotation took note of a pair of games scheduled against Colorado State that has not yet been officially announced. According to a Daily Camera report, that is because those games still have to have a contract signed by representatives from both schools. Despite the lack of a contract, it does appear Colorado and Colorado State will manage to add at least two additional games in the rivalry moving forward.

The CSU games in 2023 and 2024 are in red because those dates are not official and no contract has been signed between the schools. However, the athletic directors at both schools have told Buffzone that there is a handshake agreement to play those games, and it’s just a matter of drawing up and signing the contract.

Colorado’s non-conference schedule is booked in 2021 and 2022 without Colorado State. Colorado State has three vacancies currently in 2022 to fill, as well as in 2023. The Rams will be playing Washington State in each of those two seasons. Colorado State has generally scheduled at least two power conference opponents on its non-conference schedule, so the addition of Colorado on top of Washington State is an ideal outcome for the Rams.

Here’s hoping this fun in-state rivalry does continue, whether it is played in Denver on a neutral field or between campus locations.

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Mayfield Heights dentist travels to Belize to offer her services to children in need

Dr. Marie Calabrese, a Mayfield Village resident, traveled in February to Belize City in Belize offering her professional skills to underprivileged children at St. Mary’s Primary School. Here, Calabrese poses with some of those children.(
Dr. Marie Calabrese

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — When dentist Dr. Marie Calabrese was completing her residency program at the Cleveland Clinic 20 years ago she spotted on the wall of the specialist with whom she was studying an article telling of doctors working abroad to help the underprivileged.

"I thought then that that’s what I wanted to do some day," she remembers today.

That "some day" has come to pass — twice — and Calabrese has felt the experience so rewarding that she is looking forward to traveling and offering her services once more.

Specifically, Calabrese has traveled, in 2016 and again in February of this year, to Belize City in Belize. Formerly known as British Honduras, and still a British commonwealth, Belize is located in Central America, along the Caribbean Sea. To the west of the city are jungles.

Many people in Belize speak English, while some speak Spanish. There are also people living there of Mayan heritage.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Calabrese, a few years ago, came across an old college friend, fellow dentist Dr. Jay McCaslin, who practices in Savannah, Ga. McCaslin is friends with Dr. Steve Acuff and his wife, Monti, who formed 25 years ago the program Project Smile.

McCaslin told Calabrese of his work with Project Smile in Belize City. The program focuses on preventative dentistry. Volunteer dentists and hygienists clean teeth, offer fluoride treatment, administer sealant, provide fillings and remove baby teeth from young people.

The Acuff’s church, Christ Episcopal Church in Savannah, had formed a relationship with St. Mary’s Primary School in Belize City, which has led volunteer dentists to travel to that city to provide free dental care once per year in the month of February.

On her most recent trip, Calabrese was one of two dentists to volunteer. She worked for three-and-a-half days during her week-long trip.

"Most people in Belize City are living day-to-day," Calabrese said. "There’s not a lot of wealth there. There are street vendors who will try to sell you things. You’ll see clothes drying on lines.

"A lot of their children have (tooth) decay. It’s from a combination of a lack of education about hygiene and their increased access to sweets. Their diets are consisting more and more of processed foods."

The volunteer dentists set up in a classroom at the older building that is home to St. Mary’s School and see students ages 4-14. In addition to St. Mary’s students, a few children from a neighboring school also receive care.

"We saw 275 kids this year," Calabrese said. Two years ago, she saw 175 young patients.

While seeing a dentist is not enjoyable to most people, aching teeth can make one more appreciative of their skills.

"One girl asked me if I was going to pull her aching tooth, which made me wonder how long she had been in pain that she was willing to come up to a stranger and hug me."

The youngsters, Calabrese said, are, for the most part, happy to see her and fellow volunteers. The dentists don’t usually see the children’s parents but, Calabrese said, "One mother thanked me and said she was grateful because to see a dentist (in Belize City) would be very expensive."

Calabrese didn’t head south alone. Making the trip with her were two hygienists from her office, Nicole Clevery and Heather Fields, and her administrative assistant Liz Rickrode.

"I was so proud of my team," Calabrese said. "They did such a great job."

Making the trip even better was that Calabrese’s brother, Chris Pawlowski, traveled from his New Jersey home to meet her in Belize.

Calabrese is thankful to Lee Buck, a representative of Patterson Dental, who donated $1,000 worth of dental supplies she purchased for the trip.

Calabrese and husband, Don, are parents of two children, Devan, 10, and Juliana, 7. Her practice is located in the Landerbrook Dental Professionals building, 5825 Landerbrook Drive.

When she returns in 2020, Calabrese is hoping to take along her son.

She encourages other dentists to volunteer and said that the trip makes one more appreciative of what one has in life.

"What we have here compared to some others around the world — I live in a relatively safe area and I know that I’m going to eat that day. Some people don’t have those things.

"It’s a good feeling to be able to use my skills to help people," she said. "I always try to live life with gratitude, but sometimes gratitude isn’t enough."

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3 people hurt after car crashes into Elyria dentist office

ELYRIA- Three people are recovering after a car crashed into the Leidenheimer Dental Group in Elyria Monday.

It happened just before noon on North Ridge Road. Dr. Leidenheimer said the car careened into the building where his employees’ desks are.

One person in the office was injured. Two people in the car were also hurt. All of the injuries are non-life threatening.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. The Leidenheimer Dental office is expected to reopen to patients Tuesday.

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Denver Broncos draft capsule

5. DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)

LAST SEASON: Coach Vance Joseph’s first season was a debacle in every phase. Denver’s anemic offense cycled through three QBs during season that included franchise’s longest skid (eight games) in 50 years and featured eight double-digit losses. Joseph eventually replaced offensive coordinator Mike McCoy with Bill Musgrave. An exhausted defense led by first-time coordinator Joe Woods surrendered 29 TD passes after allowing average of 16 in Wade Phillips’ two seasons in Denver. Joseph stuck with rookie special teams coordinator Brock Olivo despite awful season that included six fumbles by rookie returner Isaiah McKenzie and game against New England in which Denver’s blunders in kicking game led to astounding 24 points by Patriots. Olivo was among six assistants Joseph fired after season — once GM John Elway had decided to keep Joseph rather than embark on search for fourth head coach in five years.

THEY NEED: OG, DE, CB, QB, ILB, PR.

THEY DON’T NEED: S, K, P, OT, C, DT.

POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: DE Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State; G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame; CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State; RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State; QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma.

OUTLOOK: Joseph knows he has to bounce back in big way, so it would seem he’d push for non-QB with team’s first pick, player who can help right away rather than another quarterback who wouldn’t get on field this year after addition of Case Keenum in free agency. Chubb would help LB Von Miller, who missed DeMarcus Ware’s presence last year. Ward would give Broncos four outstanding cornerbacks like group that led them to Super Bowl in 2015. Nelson would solidify line that’s been Elway’s bugaboo for six years. Barkley would give Broncos kind of running back they haven’t had since Hall of Famer Terrell Davis was helping Elway win consecutive Super Bowls in 1990s.

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Colorado’s Ascent Capital Group undergoes CEO change – Denver Business Journal

Ascent Capital Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ASCMA) announced Thursday that its CEO has stepped down and a replacement has been named.

William Fitzgerald, who has been with the Greenwood Village-based home security systems provider for 18 years, will be replaced by William Niles. Niles has since 2008 serves as executive vice president and general counsel and secretary at Ascent.

"Bill and I have been partners together at Ascent for nearly 18 years and I have tremendous respect for him and all he has provided the company during that time,” said William Fitzgerald, Chairman of Ascent Capital Group. “I’m confident he will serve us very well in his new capacity as CEO.”

Niles also served as director of Dallas-based Monitronics Inc. (MONI) Smart Security since its 2013 acquisition by Ascent Capital Group.

Fitzgerald will continue in his role as chairman of the board.

Ascent Capital Group Inc. is a spinoff of John Malone’s Liberty Media empire.

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San Benito man accused of stealing thousands from Los Fresnos dentist

Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said investigators arrested Francisco Hernandez-Limon on Wednesday on Rio Hondo Independent School District property.

According to the district’s website, Hernandez-Limon worked as a bookkeeper.

The allegations, however, stem from when Hernandez-Limon worked at Los Fresnos Family Dentistry.

In June 2016, Lucio said that office’s owner contacted him to file a report about $48,000 that was missing from the books.

Investigators later discovered a total of $308,000 that was missing and accuse Hernandez-Limon of stealing it through various methods.

“He found different means to go ahead and take money,” Lucio said at a Thursday news conference.

Hernandez-Limon took cash from Los Fresnos Family Dentistry, forged checks, used the company credit card to charge personal items and gave himself unauthorized bonuses, Lucio explained.

“It didn’t happen overnight,” Lucio said of the allegations.

As far as recovering the stolen money, Lucio said a court may take up restitution and the victim can always try to recover damages through the civil process. Hernandez-Limon was arraigned at 2 p.m. Thursday on a charge of misapplication of fiduciary property.

Lucio said the suspect, if convicted, could be sentenced up to 99 years in prison, but not less than five years, and also face a $10,000 fine.

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