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  • ArvadaPress.com

    J E F F E R S O N C O U N T Y, C O L O R A D OA publication of

    October 30, 2014VOLUME 10 | ISSUE 22

    The ninth-annual Paws n Play Howl-oween Trick or Treat and Costume Contest saw more than 100 creatively dressed pooches. Strutting around Olde Town Arvada, these costumed revelers showed off their style by charming merchants for treats. From traditional monsters, dragons and superheroes to the unconventional mariachi and chia pet characters, these canines hap-pily stole the show this Halloween. The event is an annual fundraiser for local pet charities and is sponsored by Paws n Play, 7403 Grandview Ave.

    Vinny, a canine chia pet, struts his stu strolling along the other costumed pooches. Photos by Crystal Anderson

    Taking a ride with his owner, the Wild Hog Dog drives in style.

    Its up, up, and not away for this Solar Up pup.

    Happy howl-oween!

    Global stature on the rise Business leaders weigh 3 million mark for Denver metro By Amy Woodward awoodward@coloradocommunitymedia.com

    Denver may be home to more than 600,000 people, but add the surrounding cities and counties, and the Denver metro area is expected to collectively grow to 3 million people.

    In fact, it may have already happened, a milestone that fi rmly places the area on the international radar in the global com-petition for jobs.

    According to estimates from the State Demographers Offi ce, the population may have hit the 3 million mark in mid-August, but demographers wont know for sure un-til next July, said Elizabeth Garner, a state demographer.

    In July, the estimated population of the Denver area was 2.951 million people.

    The growth that Colorado is experi-encing right now is not that unusual, said Garner, reporting an increase of 78,000 people last year compared to 120,000 peo-ple at one time during the 1990s.

    Typical or not, local political and busi-ness leaders are taking notice of the popu-lation growth and weighing in about that means for the area.

    Its a brave new world for us, said Tom Clark, chief executive of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. and execu-tive vice president of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

    At 2 million people, a metropolitan re-gion becomes a perpetual job machine, he said, citing a study conducted by a re-search economist in the early 1990s.

    At the 2 million mark, a city begins to grow its own jobs and becomes self-sustaining, Clark explained. Money stays within the community longer and exits lat-

    er while wealth and income tend to go up.But at 3 million, a city or in this case

    a metropolitan area makes its debut on the world stage.

    Three million begins to put you into a global competition for jobs, Clark said.

    In the past, Colorados biggest competi-tors for job locations were Phoenix and Dallas. Today, Colorados direct competi-tors to the south are overshadowed by cit-ies much farther away such as Dublin, Sin-gapore and Toronto.

    Clark credits transportation build-out, infrastructure and a highly diverse econ-omy for putting the Denver area on the global market. He pinpointed specifi c ar-eas of the states economy that are in line with the U.S. economy green and fossil

    Riders exit the light rail train for the W line at Wadsworth and Colfax in Lakewood on Friday, Oct. 24. Currently, the light rail supports 83,000 riders for the whole system, 14,000 trips a day for the W line with a projected 600,000 rail trips a day in 2035 once the whole FasTracks program is built out and operating. Photos by Amy Woodward

    Workers construct new homes known as the Lennar Homes at Table Rock at 58th St. and Hwy 93. Eight homes have already been built in the area with square footage starting at 2,142 to 3,498.

    A GREAT PLACE TO BE Colorado ranked rst in the country for the lowest

    obesity rate.A study released by Trust for Americas Health and

    the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation considered adult obesity rates by state and reported that every state had obesity rates above 20 percent. Colorado reported the lowest rate of 21.3 percent.

    A recent study by WalletHub ranked Colorado as the fourth happiest state in the country. The study considered 26 key metrics including emotional health, income levels, and sports participation rates. The top three happiest states in order were Utah, Minnesota and North Dakota.

    Outside magazine released a ranking of the 100 best companies to work, with 28 of those businesses located in Colorado. Four of the top 10 spots and half of the top 20 were Colorado companies. Sphero, a Boulder-based robotic toy manufacturer, ranked third, the highest spot of all Colorado companies. Also in the top 20 was GroundFloor Media (4th), Zen Planner (6th), New Belgium Brewing (7th), ReadyTalk (11th), Global Works (14th), RoundPegg (15th), Cloud 9 Living (16th), TDA_Boulder (18th), and Adaptive Sports Center (20th).

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  • 2 Arvada Press October 30, 2014

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    States two big races closer than expectedGubernatorial, Senate contests have incumbents on edgeBy Vic Velavvela@coloradocommunitymedia.com

    There will be no need for manicure ap-pointments this week for the four candi-dates involved in Colorados gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races because Election Night is expected to be a real nail-biter.

    This is one of the most exciting elec-tions in Colorado history, said Bob Loevy, a longtime state political observer and political science professor from Colorado College. I cant recall a governors race and a Senate race neck-and-neck, right at the same time.

    The question for the Demo-cratic incum-bents, Gov. John Hicken-looper and Sen. Mark Udall, is whether they will be able to ride out a n expected national Republican wave on Nov. 4.

    Loevy said the wave historically is a re-liable one, and its one that could sweep U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner into the Senate and could help former Congressman Bob Beauprez become the next governor of Colorado.

    Loevy calls it the six-year pushback, which occurs every sixth year of a U.S. presidency. The pushback is born from a midterm election political environment that historically favors the party that does not control the White House.

    Loevy said the wave goes back as far as 1938, when Democrats lost seats in Con-gress during Franklin Delano Roosevelts presidency. More recently, Democrats dominated the 2006 midterm elections, which were held during George W. Bushs

    sixth year as president.Bill Clinton proved to be the exception

    in 1998, when Democrats performed well during that years mid-term election cycle, a result of voter backlash against the per-ceived overreach of Republicans response to Clintons affair with Monica Lewinsky.

    The wave doesnt just just impact fed-eral races, Loevy said.

    If you back me into a corner, I would say I think the Republicans are going to win the governorship because of the six-year pushback, he said.

    If that happens, Hickenlooper support-ers surely will be asking themselves how things ever got to that point.

    That would be most inexplicable to me, said Eric Sondermann, an indepen-dent political analyst. If you would have told people six months ago that when bal-lots are being sent to mailboxes, it would be a dead-heat race, a lot of people would have taken that bet.

    Odds did not favor a Republican gu-bernatorial win this spring. Hickenloop-ers quirky personality and his insistence on never running a negative campaign seemed to resonate with voters through the early part of his first term.

    The states economy had been gain-ing steam under Hickenloopers steward-ship, and early Republican primary polls showed polarizing former Congressman Tom Tancredo leading the pack of GOP primary hopefuls.

    Instead it was Beauprez who won the nomination in June the man tagged as both ways Bob when he was badly beat-en by Bill Ritter in the 2006 gubernatorial race. Beauprezs baggage from his previous run left Hickenlooper supporters feeling good about their chances come November.

    However,