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Car shows were just one of many activities celebrated by tens of thousands throughout the North Metro area this past Independence Day. Weather was perfect for the holiday weekend, with rains coming late and skies remaining clear when it mattered most. Fireworks displays were held in most major North Metro cities, including Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster. See more photos on page 5. Photo by Stefan Brodsky
More I-25 road work underway Express lanes extension begins as tolling on newly laid section starts
Staff report Crews broke ground last week
on a project to extend the express lanes along the North I-25 cor-ridor all the way to where one of
the states most-traveled inter-states meets with the Northwest Parkway/E-470 tollway.
City and county representatives joined transportation offi cials July 7 for a groundbreaking ceremony as the Colorado Department of Transportation begins the $97.5 million project to extend the North I-25 express lanes.
Paul Jesaitis, transportation director of CDOT Region 1, delivers re-marks July 7 in front of a tanker for Hamon Infrastructure, the contrac-tors in charge of the $97.5 million project to extend I-25 express lanes north to the tollway. The project is slated for completion by winter of 2018. Courtesy photo
Colorado leaders react to Dallas police slayings Staff report
Colorado law enforcement agencies and elected offi cials offered their support for Dallas police and called for unity the morning after fi ve offi cers were killed and seven others were
wounded during a protest in the nations ninth-largest city.
As of July 11, Dallas police believe the shoot-ings were carried out by a gunman later
Ready, set, ride: Testing begins on B Line Final phase iniated for commuter rail providing 11-minute ride to Denver
Staff report The fi nal testing phase has be-
gun for a new commuter rail net-work that is likely to transform
the transportation landscape of bustling Westminster.
The Regional Transportation District and its contractor, Denver Transit Partners, have initiated the fi nal testing phase before opening the B Line from lower downtown Denver to
B Line continues on Page 4
I-25 continues on Page 7
DUI continues on Page 7Shooting continues on Page 6
Independence Day DUI case nearly turns deadly Suspect reportedly targeted cops with speeding vehicle
By Jeremy Johnson email@example.com
A late-night Independence Day incident in Thornton alleg-edly involving an alcohol-im-
paired and aggressive driver who tried to hit a motorcycle police offi cer with his vehicle resulted in no injuries, police say.
Joseph Albert Ferguson, 30, of Glencoe Street in Thornton, faces charges that include fi rst-degree assault on a police offi cer, eluding, harassment and driving under the infl uence. He is also suspected of other possible
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Join me as I sit down each week for a cup of Joe with somebody who helps shape Northglenn, Thornton and West-minster.
This week, I sat down with Westmin-sters Lisa Steven, the Hope House co-founder who has helped empower more than 600 metro area teen moms and their kids in the 13 years since launch-ing the nonprofi t in 2003. Once a teen
mother herself and more recently a new grandma, Steven talked about lessons learned raising her own three children and how those lessons have trans-lated to her advocacy and drive to see Denver-area teenage mothers succeed.
For a lack of a better word, youre quite the overachiever: Founder of Hope House, 2014 Arvada Woman of the Year, 2010 West Jeffco Chambers Outstanding Woman of the Year. What motivates, moves and inspires you?
First and foremost, I do what I do because I feel called to do it. My faith is a big part of my life, and I feel that this may not necessarily be the career path I would have chosen for myself, but its defi nitely the path that I feel God called me to.
Secondly, having been a teenage mom, I have a passion for our girls and a passion for seeing them have the op-portunity to succeed. I believe deeply they can succeed. They need a healthy support system around them in order to do that, but they are motivated and bright and amazing young women and
they motivate me every day.
I tend to assume perhaps wrongly of teen pregnancy as something on the decline.
It is actually true in Colorado. There was a recent decision made by the state to continue to cover what had been previously, privately covered, in terms of birth control being made available to teenagers. Thats now going to be covered by the state. And theres lots of evidence that that program is working and teen pregnancies are dropping.
What we tend to focus on is that theres still 3,000 babies born to teenage moms in the metro area every year and thats a signifi cant number, even with the drop in pregnancy rates.
What we primarily focus on (is) par-enting teenage moms. So, all the girls that come into our programs come in voluntarily, theyre not court-ordered to attend, they come because they want to and theyre already parenting. We dont work with girls who are making a birth decision wed refer them to someone whose specialty is working with them in helping them make a birth decision. When they come to us theyve already decided to parent, theyre motivated to have that child, and theyre willing to do whatever it takes to build a better life
for their little ones.
Do you think the lower numbers have to do with any changes, say, in resources or education or stigma?
Well, Im not an expert on what education was available to women many, many years ago, so I guess I dont know for sure. But probably
the biggest change thats happened in Colorado is the
funding for birth control. And the pri-mary change in terms of ability of teen moms to go to school is the availability of childcare in some schools. So, that is important.
However, I would say the idea of there being a change in stigma its probably different than it was in the 1950s or 60s, but its no different from when I was a teenage mom to today in terms of the amount of judgment they face. And its daily.
Doctors offi ces are terribly hard for our moms, too. Theyre often judged when they take their child in, theyre spoken down to. Nobody believes they can make it. They get that message loud and clear: Youre now going to be a statistic, your kid is going to be a statistic and youre never going to make anything of yourself.
So your kids are all adults now, but you were a mother, too. What lessons did you learn that you most like to share with the teens you now assist?
I think, primarily, the idea that becoming teenage mom is some sort of mistake that is going to cost you your entire future its so ridiculous.
(My husband and I) faced a lot of
skeptics we got married at 17 and have been married for 30 years and so thats another life lesson I guess: Choos-ing your relationships wisely. I was very fortunate in that. We got a lot of support from his family.
I defi nitely believe that one life lesson is, whether youre blessed with a family that supports you and is your advocate or if you have to go out and fi nd those advocates and support system yourself, you have to have that support system. You cant do it alone. Sometimes our teen moms feel like theyre on their own and they can do it on their own which is great determination, but its not true. You have to have a support system.
And I think that the people you sur-round yourself with is one of the life les-sons I learned. The people you surround yourself with are so important And thats not easy when youre a teenager and, honestly, most of the people in your world are not healthy. How do you even go out and fi nd some healthy folks when youve maybe not been exposed to many of them and dont know what they look like or where to fi nd them? So, its always a privilege to see the girls at Hope House connect with staff and con-nect with volunteers, and you can sort of watch this shift in the way they view the world.
Finally, what do you do to detach and shut mom mode off?
We hike, and we have dogs we enjoy. I also really enjoy just sitting on the back deck with a book and just kind of unplugging.
And we spend a lot of time with our family. I really enjoy my nieces and nephews and now, being a grandma, thats a great privilege. She is a joy. Get-ting to grandparenthood is the reward for being a parent none of the hard work and all of the fun.
Keeping up with theNorth Metro communityone cup at a time
On teen troubles, motherhood and being Grandma