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Offered by Brighton Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory R. McMahon

An Arapahoe County jury recently convicted James Holmes of 24 counts of First Degree Murder. Many people expected that he would receive the death penalty.

But, following the penalty phase of his trial, the jurors did not reach unanimous agreement on death. The result is that Holmes will face life without parole in the Colorado Department of Corrections. This raises the question of whether prosecutors will continue to seek the death penalty in future cases.

Consider the following: There are currently only three people on death row in Colorado; Robert Ray (sentenced to death in 2009), Sir Mario Owens (sentenced to death in 2008), and Nathan Dunlap (sentenced to death in 1996).

Colorado’s last execution was in 1997, almost 20 years ago, when Gary Lee Davis, 53, was executed by lethal injection.

In 2013, Governor Hickenlooper granted Nathan Dunlap a Death Sentence Reprieve, stating, “If the State of Colorado is going to undertake the responsibility of executing a human being, the system must operate flawlessly. Colorado’s system for capital punishment is not flawless.”

Given Hickenlooper’s action, the difficulty involved in persuading juries to impose the death penalty, and the inevitable time and expense that death penalty cases involve, it may be that many District Attorneys in Colorado will be less inclined to seek the death penalty in the near future.

(At time of this writing, the high-profile death penalty trial of Dexter Lewis is underway in Denver. Lewis has been found guilty of murdering five people. However, the jury has yet to decide if he should be sentenced to death, or life in prison.)

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Offered by Advanced Environmental Consulting

Advanced Environmental Consulting, LLC (AEC) offers a full range of professional services related to environmental compliance. We have extensive experience in all phases of asbestos management services including sampling, abatement design and project monitoring including air, ambient, OSHA and abatement clearance monitoring.

AEC was founded as a Colorado company in October of 2013. All of our technical staff has advanced degrees or professional certifications in their discipline. AEC has over 11 years’ of project management experience and is dedicated to providing the highest level of personal commitment and technical expertise to your project. With this experience, AEC can offer clients qualified and experienced project professionals with direct project management experience in your areas of environmental concern.

AEC’s team has extensive expertise working on various construction and environmental remediation projects on residential, commercial, municipal, and government projects. We have intimate knowledge working with clients ranging from individual homeowners to private contractors to regulatory agencies in dealing with varying types of environmental contaminations and cleanup procedures.
Call today to find out more about how we can help you solve your environmental compliance needs. 303-257-8994.

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Offered by Brighton Smiles, PC

Research has shown that Sleep Disordered Breathing (SBD)- induced oxygen deprivation is a major contributing factor to childhood health disorders such as ADD/ADHD, Chronic Allergies, Aggressive or Bullying Behavior, Mouth Breathing, Poor Academic Performance, Daytime Drowsiness, Snoring, Morning Headaches, Dark Circles Under the Eyes and more.

Perfect StartThe Perfect Start System™ is an all-natural appliance therapy which address the root causes of SBD by promoting the proper growth and development of the oral cavity, the jaw, and the upper palate. When these areas develop naturally with the Perfect Start System, the child’s airways open, and many symptoms of SBD disappear.

The Perfect Start System will not only address SBD, but it can also straighten teeth, and can prevent the need for braces in about 9 out of 10 kids! Best of all, when treatment with Perfect Start begins early, the perfect smiles that it creates will never relapse.






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Offered by Colorado Country Homes

Originally owned by the Hosey family in the 60’s and purchased from the Blehm family in 1977, Barbara and David Andersen have owned Andersen Star Market for 38 years. In that period of time, they’ve gone through many transitions, built two additions and have become a much appreciated “go to” place in the Hudson community.

In the beginning, they offered home items as well as groceries and many people did a good deal of their shopping at their market. As shopping became more widely done elsewhere, Andersen Star Market has still retained many of their daily and weekly shoppers, and gained a good many convenience store visitors. What can you find today in this small country store? “You can eat quite well from our market,” says Barbara Andersen. They tout freezer wrapped cuts of meat, a rarity today, and are happy to order special items that you might need. How nice to be able to pop in and out without the crowd at the larger markets!

In reminiscing about their ownership, Barbara mentioned that over the years they’ve adjusted their offerings to people’s needs. Many of the locals have either worked at the market or their children have put in their time working at Andersen Star Market. With the sale of the property, the Andersens hope that new life will be breathed into the property and whether the store remains a grocery or becomes some other kind of business, that it remains a cornerstone of the community.

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Offered by SolarCity

More and more homeowners are switching over to solar power. Several experts have stated in the media that 2015 is the year to make the switch, and here’s why: Solar is not just good for the planet; it’s good for your bank account.

Switch over to solar, and you’ll save money in other ways too. Not only will you earn a sizable rebate check from your utility company, but you’ll also receive a 30% federal tax credit and enjoy predictable energy rates for years to come and increase your home’s property value. Simply put, solar is now the cheaper, cleaner, smarter way to power your home and put cash back in your pocket.

Don’t wait! Switch to solar now before your Rebate with United Power decrease further and the 30% federal tax credit lasts. The sooner you get onboard and switch, the more money you’ll save.

For more information on how you can make the switch to solar, contact your local SolarCity Field Energy Consultant, Eric Kleffner to schedule your free consultation. Click here to view SolarCity on The Brighton Buzz Business Directory


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Offered by Jan Giuliano

As we continue from last month with the DO’s and DON’Ts when applying for a loan, let’s take a look at the DON’Ts. We covered the DO’s so we need to give equal time to the DON’Ts because they are just as important:


  • DON’T change your employment status.
  • DON’T make any major purchases (car, furniture, jewelry, etc.).
  • DON’T change bank accounts.
  • DON’T make any large cash deposits into your bank account.
  • DON’T transfer any balances from one account to another (please keep to a low minimum).
  • DON’T close any credit card accounts.
  • DON’T consolidate your debt onto one or two credit cards.
  • DON’T apply for any new credit or open a new credit card (without consulting your loan officer).
  • DON’T max out or overcharge on your credit card accounts.
  • DON’T take out a new loan or co-sign on a loan.
  • DON’T pay off any loans or credit cards, charge offs, or collections without discussing it with your Loan Officer first.
  • DON’T finance any elective medical procedures.
  • DON’T join a new fitness club or contract on a timeshare.
  • DON’T open a new cellular phone account.
  • DON’T start any home improvement projects.
  • DON’T dispute any information on your credit report or have your credit pulled without consulting your Loan Officer.

Any time you have questions, pick up the phone and call Frank and Jan Giuliano at Academy Mortgage Corp. at 303-450-1650.

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Offered by Michael A. Dolan

Estate planning is more than avoiding probate and saving taxes. A properly designed estate plan can provide so much more to protect your family. Most of these protections are ignored in cookie-cutter, form driven estate plans. For example….

Mary and Bill left their son John a substantial inheritance. John had grown up, gotten married, completed college, and had a good job. Then came the accident. As John was rushing to work on a wintery morning, he lost control of his car and crashed into a school bus full of children. Many were hurt. John was sued and found negligent. The resulting claim far exceeded his auto insurance limits, and even after the insurance paid $1,000,000 to those injured, he was staring at a court judgment of more than $3,000,000. His assets would have to go to pay the amount due. John was looking at bankruptcy. Then he learned the good news.

Bill and Mary had sought legal advice before their deaths. The first lawyer they spoke with said they did not need estate planning because their estate was worth less than the estate tax exemption. He told them to put everything in joint tenancy, because “it is simple and avoids probate.” They weren’t comfortable with that advice, and sought advice from a counseling oriented attorney who took the time to learn more about them, their estate, and their goals.

Their primary objective was to protect John after their deaths. So Bill and Mary left their assets in trust for John, not directly to him. As a result, John was able to keep his inheritance. While they never thought this would happen to their son, their foresight was now going to pay off.

Bill and Mary had sometimes wondered if the planning they did was worth the extra time and effort. Clearly it was.

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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck

Brighton is growing, rather quickly, and there’s just no denying it. From school over-crowding issues to larger employers—especially in the energy, transportation, and retail sectors—relocating to our area, and of course, with the new home developments popping up in pretty much all directions, we tend to forget the fact that Brighton still retains a lot of that small town charm that larger, far more developed municipalities lack.

Observing last month’s Annual Brighton Fire Rescue District Pancake Breakfast and Open Houses at our five stations really brought this home for me! As it happens, we have residents of Brighton employed as fire fighters in some of the surrounding fire districts. They are a bit envious of the fact that they don’t have that level of opportunity to engage in community building activities the way the Brighton fire fighters do. Fire departments in neighboring cities cover much more densely populated areas, and as such, the prospect of doing things like offering free, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to the public becomes logistically unrealistic.

Our area is one of the fastest growing, not only in Colorado, but across the nation. Although many residents don’t embrace the concept, Brighton is now technically a suburb of the Denver Metro area. How much longer we will be able to enjoy the little things that come with small town charm remains to be seen. But it’s safe to say that the more we fully engage and support our community, the better the chance of preserving that charm for as long as possible.

For proven expertise in establishing your home value and/or searching for a new or existing home, please call Jan at (303) 520-4340.

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Offered by Jim Vincent

The Brighton Elks have begun their annual big game hide collection to benefit Our Nation’s Veterans. Local hunters have the opportunity to lend a helping hand to Veterans in need. The Elks have begun their annual collection of deer, elk, and other animal hides which will be tanned and made into fingerless wheelchair gloves that will be given to Our Nation’s wheelchair bound Veterans. The Elks also have a program in place where tanned leather is made into craft kits that are distributed through the VA Hospital and Clinic system. The drive is part of a nation-wide leather program that the Elks have been operating since 1948. The motto of the Elks National Veterans Service Commission is: “So Long as There Are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Will Never Forget Them.”

Once donated, volunteers clean, salt, fold and stack the hides. They are then transported to tanneries for processing. After cleaning and tanning, a portion of the leather is made available in craft kits to Veterans to make wallets, clothing, belts and moccasins for personal use or to enter in arts and crafts shows. The remainder of the leather is made into fingerless wheelchair gloves for disabled Vets and distributed through the VA system by representatives of the Elks. The program is funded by the Elks at no cost to Veterans or the government. Hides can be dropped off at the Brighton Elk’s Lodge, 101 N Main St, Brighton, CO. Please place the hides in the hide container next to the metal building in the Elk’s parking lot behind the building. For more information, contact Jim Vincent, Chairman of the Colorado Elk’s Leather Program at

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Offered by Right Fitt Nutrition @ The Platte

Your local “Fitt Coaches” are excited to introduce their first full service nutrition bar – RightFitt Nutrition @ The Platte! Our convenient location will provide healthy and delicious smoothies, teas and protein snacks that assist in weight loss and energy! Brownie Blast Shake…Thin Mint Cookie Shake… healthy Caramel Frappuccino? Who would have thought eating healthy could taste so good! Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – we offer a high energy, family-friendly, cozy, coffee shop hangout ambiance!

While you can stop in any time for your go-to meal, Fitt Coaches also focus on personal relationships with their clients and coach individuals one-to-one to help them achieve THEIR goals! We provide a FREE PROFILE for everyone who stops in to help educate you on your bodies nutrition and fitness needs. We can help you lose weight, gain muscle, increase energy, lose pants sizes and FEEL GREAT!

In addition, RightFitt offers FREE workouts daily for all levels, ages and sizes! We provide motivating challenges and accountability tools that will get you moving in the right direction. Our goal is to bring our community together to find the support you need to get REAL RESULTS. Real Nutrition, Real Fitness, Real Results!

We can’t wait for you to come by and check it out! Take a break from your stressful day and stop on in! Your friendly Fitt Coach will greet you with a smile and be your local GO-TO coach for all of your nutrition and fitness questions!

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