Gulch erosion to be fixed

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Crews will attempt to fix an area of Sulphur Gulch that has eroded and compromised the integrity of a roadway crossing on Canterberry Parkway near Main Street.

A segment of Sulphur Gulch next to Canterberry Parkway has experienced severe erosion, mostly caused by a storm in June 2012. The erosion has caused a deep pool at the west face of the box culvert crossing under Canterberry Parkway. This erosion, along with further erosion, could impact the integrity of the roadway crossing, the Town of Parker said in a statement.

A second segment of Sulphur Gulch, located approximately 1,300 feet east of Riva Ridge Drive, has been identified as a location of limited floodplain capacity. A recently-constructed drop structure in Sulphur Gulch at this location also experienced heavy erosion during the June 2012 storm. The town’s Stormwater Utility and the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District is planning construction projects at both sites to repair the damage from the storm and also increase the flood conveyance capacity at the second site. The project is in the design and permitting phase, and construction is anticipated to begin in late February or March. The work is anticipated to be complete within two months.

During construction, the Sulphur Gulch trail will remain open with possible brief interruptions. A pedestrian crossing over Sulphur Gulch will be removed and replaced with a larger bridge that will have more capacity than the existing bridge. This may result in larger interruptions of the Hill Gail Way secondary trail access within the limits of the Sulphur Gulch Channel. For more information about the projects, contact the public works department at 303-840-9546.

Historian presents ‘Life andTimes of Daniel C. Oakes’

Spend an hour with Daniel Chessman “Chess” Oakes, an early and influential pioneer of Douglas County, in an informal, lively and free lecture at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Parker Senior Center, 10675 Longs Way.

“The Life and Times of Daniel Chessman Oakes” is presented by Larry Schlupp, co-founder and vice president of Historic Douglas County Inc., and sponsored by the Parker Area Historical Society. Schlupp will cover the background and contributions of Oakes, an important and historic Colorado figure. The school district’s alternative high school is named in honor of Oakes. All ages and non-members are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Class teaches teens to avoid distracted driving

A parent-teen safe driving workshop, designed for drivers age 14 to 18 and their parents, is from 7-8 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Parker Police Department, 18600 Lincoln Meadows Parkway. The goal of the course is to save lives by changing attitudes and behaviors that become lethal behind the wheel of a car. The course will focus on the dangers of reckless and distracted driving, the No. 1 killer of teens in America.

The epidemic claims the lives of 3,000 teens each year and seriously injures 30,000 more. The police department says this can be prevented with a combination of quality education, training and enforcement. The free workshop will provide information about good decision-making behind the wheel for drivers and passengers of all ages.

Highlands Ranch library renamed after LaRue

The library, at 9292 Ridgeline Blvd., is being renamed the James H. LaRue Branch, after Jamie LaRue, who is retiring. His last day is Jan. 17, after almost 23 years of service as library director.

The Douglas County Libraries’ board of trustees passed a resolution to honor him that way — and LaRue, upon hearing about the name change, was reportedly touched, according to a news release from Amber DeBerry, the libraries associate director of community relations.

LaRue said recently he’s pretty sure he doesn’t deserve the honor, “but I accept it on behalf of the many, many people who also played a big role in the establishment of the Highlands Ranch Branch,” according to the news release.

LaRue told staff he grew up in an age of mistrust of public institutions and that “it has been his great pleasure to work with a board and staff who have built an institution the community can be proud of, one whose leadership is recognized worldwide.”

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