RTD to update bus system

RTD buses in need of updates

RTD buses are in need of updates.

According to the Denver Post, the RTD has recently proposed a plan on renovating about 60 of their buses traveling on U.S. 36, or parts of I-70 from Denver to Boulder. For Heritage graduates who have chosen to go to University of Colorado at Boulder, the ride back home during every break has been rough and stuffy.

  “The possiblilty that they’re adding new resources is really good. These buses will help more than just students too,” says Kaitlin Davis ‘14 as she considers CU Boulder as her new school.

  With this new change, it’ll be positively different, but at a cost. The Regional Transportation District, or the RTD, will choose to spend 35 million dollars on the 59 buses that will be replaced with bigger intercity buses which will make the ride smoother and leave plenty of room for their passengers.

  According to the Denver Post, RTD spokesman Scott Reed said that the new buses will have a greater carrying capacity for bikes and luggage.

   The buses are planning on making the trip with their stops on time even when they go over Davidson Mesa which usually delays the stop and pick up times. This improvement will help any travelers that frequently have to make the trip between Boulder, Broomfield and Denver.

  Next year, many seniors will be making this commute from Boulder to Denver and the other way around on weekends and during breaks. This improvement will really help the trip back and forth to be comfy and flexible for the Heritage alumni going to CU Boulder.

  Senior Austin Bell agrees as he considers CU Boulder as his new college, “I’m glad that they’re offering more services. It’ll be very beneficial to the community and the university.”

 

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Indie Spotlight – New Politics

New Politics's #1 single, "Harlem," is bound to get stuck in anyone's head.

New Politics’s #1 single, “Harlem,” is bound to get stuck in anyone’s head.

   Pop punk has really made a comeback lately, with Fall Out Boy and Blink 182 dominating the radio and a flurry of new bands showing up in unexpected places with their own unique styles and takes on the genre. One of these fresh new bands that nobody seems to know about is New Politics, from none other than Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

   I wouldn’t say I’m a dedicated fan of pop punk or dance punk, but I love New Politics. Their electric guitar-centered instrumentals, heavy beats, and upbeat sound have completely won me over. Their sophomore album, A Bad Girl in Harlem, is bringing well-deserved public attention to New Politics this year, and I’ve already been hearing “Harlem” and “Tonight You’re Perfect” on 93.3 every once in a while.

   By far, my favorite song by New Politics is also their most popular song- “Harlem.” It starts full-out like any poppy earworm should, with a heavy beat and a driving bass. The hook is extremely upbeat and catchy. My only complaint about the song is that it’s only 2:43 minutes long, but that only makes me want to listen to it again.

   The rest of the album is also fantastic. “Berlin” has more of a 90s alternative rock sound than other tracks on the album, and it’s loud and catchy enough to be a favorite for many fans. “Tonight You’re Perfect” is a classic love song with a charming melody and an upbeat tempo like “Harlem.” Overall, New Politics is well worth checking out and I’ve heard they’re also really good live. Paramore and Fall Out Boy fans will get to see New Politics open at Red Rocks on August 12, 2014. I’ll be shamelessly listening to “Harlem” on repeat until then.

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Riddle

My eye is dark,
and my mane is yellow.
You can see me at the mart,
and I’m probably taller than you fellow.
 Sunflower
Answer: Sunflower
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January 27th marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

"The Copper Scroll" and "Epicenter" are among the many written works of New York Times bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg. He is among several world leaders doing their part this International Holocaust Remembrance Day  to commemorate the tragic event.

“The Copper Scroll” and “Epicenter” are among the many written works of New York Times bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg. He is among several world leaders doing their part this International Holocaust Remembrance Day to commemorate the tragic event.

Seeing as January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, many world leaders are doing their part in honoring and commemorating the tragic event which began over eighty years ago.

Officials from such countries as the U.S., Canada and Israel are among those remembering the Holocaust.

Joel C. Rosenberg, a New York Times bestselling author of twelve books, including seven novels as well as five works of nonfiction, makes a good point on his official Flash Traffic blog regarding this year’s particular importance of commemorating the Holocaust.

“This is going to be a very important year in Holocaust education, with notable anniversaries of major events, including D-Day and the 70th anniversary of the escape of several actual heroes from Auschwitz, which inspired [my new] novel,” said Rosenberg in a January 21 post.

Rosenberg too is taking part in remembrance through his new novel, The Auschwitz Escape, which is set to be released on March 18. The book, which is his first piece of historical fiction, is based off of two true stories from the era: one involving a group of German Jews and the other involving a group of pastors of the Protestant Christian faith, according to his blog. Both groups worked to rescue Jews from the terrifying circumstances around them.

Rosenberg also mentioned in his blog numerous ways to show support and to commemorate the Holocaust, ranging anywhere from visiting the U.S. Holocaust Museum in D.C. to watching movies and reading books on the topic to praying for survivors of the tragic event.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day has come at a key time.

“Today we face an alarming rise in Holocaust denial and antisemitism—even in the very lands where the Holocaust happened—as well as genocide and threats of genocide in other parts of the world,” says the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website.

“As more time goes by, fewer and fewer people have really learned much about the Holocaust. We are in danger of forgetting history and its lessons,” said Rosenberg in his blog.

Let this Remembrance Day serve to honor the past and to prevent a repeat of history.

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Water main break floods Heritage

Heritage suffered a water main break that flooded under the swimming pool. Water was rushing in at 150 gallons per minute.

Heritage suffered a water main break that flooded under the swimming pool. Water was rushing in at 150 gallons per minute.

On January 2 at 2:30 a.m. Principal Ms. Stacey Riendeau received a call concerning a major water main break and news that there was flooding under the swimming pool.

Heritage took immediate action by shutting the water off and bringing in contractors. They fixed the problem in sixteen hours by pumping water and mud out of the lower areas of the pool, moving furniture and drying everything out.

Unfortunately, after that, there were more water leakage problems in rooms 322, 214 and the ceilings in the main office that have now been resolved.

“The district and corporate restoration worked around the clock to get everything fixed before school started. The staff meeting on Monday went as planned and delaying the semester was never in question,” says Principal Riendeau.

Water was originally rushing in at 150 gallons per minute and there was a 25-30 foot deep hole made  near the front of the building. After pumping out all of the water and filling in the hole with cement, Heritage is back to normal.

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High schoolers- you’re doing it wrong

Balance is needed, therefore we need to think about what is really important at this stage in life.

Balance is needed, therefore we need to think about what is really important at this stage in life.

  High school–the place where people “find themselves.” Well, the only way that people  are told that they can find and define themselves is through their relationships with others. Who they choose as friends can have a lasting impact. This whole notion has been pounded into our brains countless times over the years so now it’s all mush and a dead topic. What about the other side though? What about if a person stays away from a relationship? This has an equally powerful effect.  Did you know that people can actually figure out a lot about themselves without  getting caught up in the dramatic choices of others? Some can actually learn much more from  being independent.

  Sometimes all that is needed is to just sit back and view the world in a fishbowl kind of way and figure out what is actually important.

  Dating–what does that do for us while in high school?

There’s no benefit, and to some it’s a massive strain that  puts on unessential  pressures. For some it’s comparable to throwing the scrawniest kid in the world into AP Weights and then  telling him to bench two football  players who are also benching at the same time. Too much to handle and too much to balance in the already crazy world. Dating adds unnecessary stress and takes up too much occupation in our  minds than we realize. This is mainly because of the drama. If we don’t focus on what’s really important, we will get lost in ourselves.

  More often than not there’s a girl crying in the bathroom over a guy who just dumped her or a friend that called her fat,or maybe even both. Word gets out about this and soon after multitudes of people are playing telephone with twisted information they don’t even know to be true.  Sound familiar? It’s sad. There’s no other way to put it than just sad. Humans are capable of so much more, yet we limit ourselves to such a  primitive pastime as gossip.

Point is, there are too many drama-mamas, and the only way to cut down on the ever-increasing number of cases is to choose which relationships are actually worth it, and which ones are not.

  To help decide which relationships to really dive into, first consider this: What do you really want? If you answer “To be in this relationship,” rethink this. What does your future self want? Does your future self really want a distraction during some of the most critical years of your life? Think about college. Think about life after college. Weigh out the options: fun now? Or dream job later? There’s so much time for dating and having committed relationships after graduation.

  So many kids think that this is the end-all, and if they don’t date that girl in their Physics class then life has lost meaning. Or the classic: “If you don’t go on that date with that guy from Chem now, then you’ll miss your chance.” You can study later, right? Wrong. Study now while he figures out if you’re worth it enough to reschedule. If he realizes you are, then maybe pay some attention, if not–well, it looks like you’ve just skipped a ridiculous three-week-long soap opera starring you.

  Let me tell you now, this is not the end-all. The end-all will actually be the end of all, and somehow dating (or the absence of) doesn’t quite compare to that.

  Plenty of adults look back and wish they spent less time in the drama department of life and a little more time  in the academic department. It may be a hard concept to grasp, but they’ve been there and they have a finish-line perspective. They know exactly what they want, and often the only limitations to their dreams of success were rooted in distractions in school.

  If the only reason to be in a relationship is “to live for the moment” or it’s “fun,” then that is not a withstanding argument. “Living for the moment” can have the aftermath of  possibly wrecking  your entire future. So again we arrive at this question: is it all worth it?

Sure, a little drama and dating adds more interest to life, but don’t make dating and drama the only reason your life is of any interest. You are so much smarter and complex than to just let these distractions get in your way. View the overall picture. Make the most of it. In the end you’ll thank yourself.

  High school relationships have a horrible reputation of hurting people, and yet we fling ourselves towards them. The media glorifies it, our friends glorify it, but really, what is there to be glorified? Here’s what happens: boy meets girl, they go on a date, and kiss. Then they think it’ll last, so they build their hopes up. Soon after however, boy might meet another girl or vice versa, or boy and girl might lose interest in general. Then the whole thing goes up in smoke like a forest fire. A forest fire because the flames and the dramatic breakup are usually way bigger than the spark that actually started the whole relationship.

  Cynical? Maybe. Realistic? Definitely.

  The message was not encouraging people to end their relationships,  rather it was to help emphasize the importance of spending time where it really matters. If you feel hopelessly caught up in all the drama, there’s a solution: put down the phone and pick up the textbook. Find something that triggers your interest and passion besides other people’s dating habits. Start making your life about you and your future, not the dramatic present that will die tomorrow with the next tidal wave of misery. Do not waste any more time, so break free of the typical heartbreaking cycle and do something incredible.

*Copyright 2014 Devan and Co.

*No animals were harmed during the production of “High Schoolers-you’re doing it wrong.”

 

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The economics of pot

Colorado’s economic future is now looking better than ever with a very unlikely candidate to boost our economy: marijuana. Yes, in the eyes of Colorado lawmakers, cannabis equals cash, and a lot of it. According to9News, pot sales exceeded $1 million on first day. With estimated revenue of over $70 million by the end of this year according to Huffington Post, this profit means big things for the state of Colorado.

First the school systems will benefit from this new legalization. The first $40 million of pot sales tax revenues will go to school construction projects. The 25% tax on marijuana products will allow the state to meet this amount for the schools in no time.Ronnie online

The tourism benefit is another positive of the legalization. Colorado now has a certain reputation of being a cannabis–encouraging state, but good comes from this. Local businesses have been starting up with the recent legalization offering out-of-staters bus tours of local dispensaries and glass-blowing shops, as well as other Colorado attractions. According to the Associated Press some of these tours can be rather pricey costing as much as $10,000 with a full dispensary tour as well as a trip to one of Colorado’s famous ski resorts. These tours aren’t for everyone, and for me, they seem a bit ridiculous that people would shell out this much money for a few days in Colorful Colorado. But I am but a native Coloradoan and if the masses have a bit of cannabis-curiosity, the locals should embrace it. Small business prosperity as well as the tax revenue will benefit the state in the long run.

What started out as a big deal for the nation as Colorado legalizes recreational marijuana still resonates as a big deal for the state. The financial benefits that the state gains from this new law will pay off in the long run, guaranteed.

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In Line for iN-TEA

iN-TEA is located right next to Littleton Towne Hall Arts Center on Main Street.

iN-TEA is located right next to Littleton Towne Hall Arts Center on Main Street.

During weekends full of playoff games, it’s often difficult for busy students to find a quiet place to study. Homes full of family members cheering on their football team don’t exactly provide the best environment for focusing on schoolwork. But never fear, a new business in Downtown Littleton, iN-TEA provides the perfect place to do homework while enjoying a nice cup of freshly brewed tea.

This charming tea house opened last April on Main Street after moving from the Chatfield area, where they originally opened in 2008. Their new space includes a larger seating area, with comfortable bench and couch areas as well as tables, making it ideal for both studying and socializing with friends. The shop also includes private meeting rooms that groups can rent out for book clubs, parties and even business meetings.

iN-TEA offers over 100 different loose-leaf teas that can be ordered hot, iced or as a slush. Hot tea comes in a personal tea pot with a cup that guests can refill at their leisure, making it a perfect study companion. Also, a tea pot refill is only $0.50, so students will not go thirsty should they choose to stay and study for hours on hours.

Along with tea, iN-TEA offers a variety of snacks and meals that they order in from various establishments around town. This includes sandwiches and salads from Wild Thyme Naturals, and tapas and gluten free options from Taste of Denmark and Cinnafusions.

The tea house is located on Main Street next to Littleton Towne Hall Performing Arts Center.

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Belles win State Championship

The Varsity Belles team celebrates after their victory at this year’s state competition at the Denver Coliseum.

The Varsity Belles team celebrates after their victory at this year’s state competition at the Denver Coliseum.

“A Little Party Never Killed Nobody,” and the Heritage Liberty Belles will certainly be celebrating after their 5A state championship win in the Jazz category.

“Our routine was inspired by the party scene in Baz Luhrmann’s movie ‘The Great Gastby’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Our song is a mix including ‘A Little Party Never Killed Nobody’ by Fergie and ‘Bang Bang’ by Will.I.Am. We have had fun with the music, the costumes, dancing the Charleston and calling each other ‘Old Sport.’ We all love Jay Gatsby!” says head coach Julie Cantwell.

The Belles started off their competition on Friday, December 6 against eighteen other teams in the 5A division before making it to finals. Competitors included Legend, Chaparral, Columbine, Douglas County, Castle View, Highlands Ranch and Cherokee Trail. Each team is evaluated on a one hundred point scale. Out of the division, four teams were chosen to move onto finals: Heritage, with a score of 91.33, Rock Canyon, with a score of 90.67, Ponderosa, with a score of 90.50,  and Golden High School, with a score of 90.33. They were evaluated in five different categories: Dance Technique, Choreography, Execution, Showmanship and Overall Effect.

 The girls performed again for the final round,this time against only the top four teams. They improved their score to 93.33, pulling ahead of second place Ponderosa, who scored 93.19.

 Under the supervision of Cantwell and Assistant Coach Rachael Davis, Anna Gerze ‘14, Megan McLeod ‘14 and Colby Suta ‘14 are the captains of the team and led them to their triumphant victory at state.

  “When we heard that we won we were all crying and speechless. It was the best feeling!” says Suta.

 The girls are now looking forward to their national competition in February of 2014 in Orlando, Florida.

 “Now that we’re State Champions, our next move is to work towards Nationals and make it to finals,” comments Suta.

 But the road to state was not easy. The team had to overcome much adversity before achieving this dream.

“One of the biggest factors was overcoming disappointment at past competitions not placing as high as we would have liked. We didn’t get discouraged and stayed focused on our common goal of winning state! We came together as a team and had great energy. All of our hard work and focus paid off on Friday night when we won state,” comments Kennady Simpson ’15, a member of the team.

The girls will perform their state-winning  routine for the school at the Winter Pep Assembly in January.

 

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