Highlands Ranch News in a Hurry

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Xcel Energy lifts banner ban

The Highlands Ranch Metro District was one of many organizations and municipalities to receive written notice late in 2012 from Xcel Energy that they needed to cease attaching signs and banners to utility poles by the first of the year.

The Minnesota-based energy company appears to have had a change of heart after receiving protest from many of those municipalities, and has stated that as long as the poles are in good shape and safety standards are being met, banners can fly.

“Xcel has agreed to inspect the poles we use and if they are in good shape allow us to continue to use them,” said HRMD General Manager Terry Nolan. “I have submitted a list of the poles and presumably they are in the process of inspecting them.”

Local Author Showcase slated

The Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd., will host the first Douglas County Libraries Local Author Showcase at 2 p.m. March 10, featuring 10 local authors who will discuss their books.

Authors presenting include Ernie Carwile, Anthonette Klinkerman, Kristen DeBeer, Michael Hanna and Tami Leino Hanna, Quinn Kayser-Cochran, Davin Colten, Rebecca Green Gasper, Robin Nolet, Pat McNulty and Mark Stevens on behalf of the late Gary Reilly. All of the authors will have their books for sale and sign copies afterwards.

For information, contact Lisa Casper at lcasper@dclibraries.org or 720-348-9522.

Timberline Park gets facelift

Demolition is set to begin in March on the playground equipment at Timberline Park in Highland Ranch. Plans call for a new playground to be constructed in April and May. During demolition and construction the area will be fenced off. The trail that loops Timberline Park will not be impacted and will remain open for park guests.

Timberline Park receives a lot of activity and the renovations are necessary in order for the equipment to comply with new standards for playground equipment. Plans for the new playground include creating opportunities for inclusive play, the objective of which is to create an environment for all ages and abilities. Timberline Park is located at 7250 Timberline Road. For more information about the renovation, please contact Brian Muller, Metro District park planning manager, at 303-791-2710.

5K combats drug abuse

The 2013 Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk is slated for 8:30 a.m. May 12 at Northridge Community Park in Highlands Ranch. Supporting the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, walkers and runners will raise money to help women and children in unfortunate situations caused by drug abuse.

For information on volunteer opportunities or to become a sponsor, call 720-341-9082 or email info@pae-denversouth.com. To pre-register to participate in the event, visit www.imathlete.com/events/MomsDay5KHR or call the above number. Registration will also be available on the day of the event. The rolling course will consist of 2.5 miles of pavement and 0.6 miles of dirt path.