County recognized for employment
One of two Colorado counties in the top 20, Douglas County was recognized by nerdwallet.com as the No. 6 county to work in in the U.S. The finance website based its study on 2012 numbers focusing on employment, salaries, growth and commute times. The unemployment rate in Douglas County, which has since dropped to 5.6 percent, was 6.4 percent in 2012, while the county boasted a population growth of 3.9 percent, a median income of $66,633 and an average commute time of 27.5 minutes each way.
“The employed population is divided fairly evenly amongst several industries, including education, health care, science, administrative services, finance, real estate and retail trade,” the site said, adding that Douglas County’s first-quarter economic development report of 2013 noted significant hiring increases at major companies in the area and improvements in the residential and commercial real estate markets. Boulder County was the other Colorado county ranked, coming in at No. 20.
Road project starts near Franktown
The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun upgrading State Highway 86 in the Franktown area. The project, which started Oct. 4, includes rotomilling the old surface and paving the six-mile segment between State Highway 83 in Franktown and the Douglas/Elbert county line. Project hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The work was scheduled to begin in Franktown and proceed east. A pilot car and flaggers will alternate eastbound and westbound traffic through the work zone, requiring stops of up to 15 minutes. The speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph in the project area during work hours.
“This is primarily for preventive maintenance that’ll extend the lifespan of the road surface about another 10 years and provide the traveling public with a much smoother roadway,” says CDOT project engineer Brock Johnson. “The new striping also will enhance safety by improving highway visibility and lane delineation, especially after dark.”
The $1 million project, contracted to Westminster-based Martin Marietta Materials, is scheduled for completion next month. Information about this or other CDOT projects can be found at www.cotrip.org or by calling 511.
Disabled adults to celebrate homecoming
Disabled young adults in the Parker area will have an opportunity to dance the night away on Oct. 18. Parker United Methodist Church and the Parker Rotary Community Corps are joining forces once again around a vision of music, lights, and excitement for special-needs young adults in the community.
Special-needs young adults 18 years old and up are invited to another Prom-Us dance. The event will feature a ‘homecoming’ theme. The last Prom-Us event drew 65 young people who enjoyed a fancy dance event. The dance is free to all who would like to attend. It will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Parker United Methodist Church, 11805 South Pine Drive. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the number of participants.
Legend to host band festival
The Legend High School Band Boosters group is presenting the Fourth Annual Legend Marching Festival on Oct. 12, at the Sports Authority Stadium in Parker, which is open to the public. The Festival is a Colorado Bandmasters Association-sanctioned event.
More than 900 students from 17 high school marching bands will compete for top honors in their division. Marching bands performing include Englewood, Elizabeth, Evergreen, Rangeview, Thunder Ridge, Castle View, Thompson Valley, Highlands Ranch and Smoky Hill.
The preliminary round begins at noon (gates open at 11 a.m.). The 12 highest-scoring bands will move on to the final competition, beginning at 5:30 p.m. (gates will open at 5 p.m.). Ticket prices are $15 ($10 students/seniors) for the preliminary competition, $15 ($10 students/seniors) for the final competition, or $20 for both rounds ($15 students/seniors). Concessions will be available. Programs, T-shirts, and patches also will be sold. All proceeds are used to pay for band program costs not covered by the school district.
The Legend High School Marching Band hosts the festival. They will perform their field show “Tension and Release” after the end of preliminary competition. The Legend Titan Marching Band program under the direction of Orlando Otis has been a top performer in Colorado’s competitive marching band circuit since the inaugural season in 2009.
Writers dive into crime scenes
Join the Parker Writers Group from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 in the meeting room at the Parker Library as local author, Jordyn Redwood, presents her workshop on crime scene writing.
During her workshop, attendees will learn how to write accurate medical scenes. Go on a journey that follows an author’s medical questions and learn tips and strategies for writing medically authentic scenes including treatment of the most common character injuries, like gunshot wounds, stabbings and fractures. Also learn about general ER protocols, what it takes to get admitted into the hospital, what type of unit the patient would be on and what specialists care for what type of injuries. Writing-related medical questions are welcome.