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Wheat Ridge Police Department badges have changed since the department began in 1969. At left is the first of nine badges, worn by acting chief Jack Bramble, issued in 1969-70. Numbered 1-9, these badges had no rank designation. At right is a special anniversary badge with a likeness of the first badges, surrounded by a circle with banners stating “50th Anniversary” and “1969–2019,” the U.S and Colorado flags. PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF WHEAT RIDGE.
One of the first City Councils of what is now Lakewood posed for this Lakewood Sentinel photo. Back row, left to right: Robert Clement, William Brown, Bill Stepp, Betty Miller, Robert Bailey, Gene Fortier and Galt McClurg. Front row, left to right: Charles Whitlock, Theodore Eaker, Mayor James Richey and Mel Flowers. Flowers replaced Gilbert Gfell, an original councilman representing the Green Mountain area with Bailey, after Gfell moved from his ward and resigned in 1972. PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF LAKEWOOD.
NEW WHEAT RIDGE DISTRICT 1 CITY COUNCILMAN David Kueter, wife Dawn Kral-Kueter, and Wallace the hound. PHOTO COURTESY DAVID KUETER. An avid cyclist, Kueter is a leading member of the Wheat Ridge Transport Advisory Team and has established himself as an active member of the community. So, when Monica Duran declared her candidacy for state representative, Kueter’s name was among those considered to take her spot.
TRUDY SWAIN AND RUSSEL DAINS with photos of kids mentored through Save Our Youth. “For an at-risk kid, a positive relationship with another adult can be a big fix,” says Dains. PHOTO BY LAURIE DUNKLEE. Save Our Youth matches struggling kids one-on-one with long-term mentors, who provide support with life skills and school pressures. “The bottom line is that kids who are lonely and failing in school need hope. So, we come alongside them,” said Trudy Swain, associate director, who co-founded Save Our Youth in 1994.