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Another Erie trustee quits post

By Brad Turner
The Daily Times-Call

ERIE — Saying she plans to devote more time to helping victims of the recent tsunami in southeast Asia, Erie Trustee Lisa Novak resigned from the town board Monday.

The departure by Novak, who owns and runs a Boulder-based international adoption agency, marks the second time in less than a month that an Erie trustee has stepped down.

Novak said her company will spend the next year helping volunteers to build orphanages in Thailand and Sri Lanka.

“My time will be absorbed by this project, and I will no longer be able to dedicate sufficient hours to serve on the board of trustees,” she wrote in a resignation letter obtained by the Daily Times-Call on Monday. “I expect our tsunami relief work to require considerable travel in the coming months.”

Novak could not be reached for comment Monday.

Mayor Andrew Moore praised Novak for bringing “a different perspective” to board discussions during her tenure.

“Lisa was an integral part of helping us make better decisions,” he said.

Novak’s departure comes on the heels of Trustee Ruth Schrichte’s resignation due to health problems. Their replacements could potentially tip the balance of power on the town board.

Schrichte and Novak are two of four trustees who typically support slow-growth measures, and hold a one-seat edge over the three trustees who are more favorable to residential developments.

If the pro-growth candidate ends up in either of the seats up for grabs, they will have control of the board.

The remaining board members will discuss setting a date for the special election to replace Schrichte, and possibly Novak, at tonight’s board meeting.

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Former Colorado placekicker Katie Hnida says she was raped by a teammate and terrified of telling her coach about it. AP file photo/Ed Andrieski

Hnida discusses CU on ‘Today Show’

By Bruce Plasket
The Daily Times-Call

DENVER — In her first public comments since accusing an unnamed University of Colorado teammate of raping her, former CU kicker Katie Hnida on Monday said an investigation into the five-year-old incident is “far from over.”

Hnida, who became the first woman to dress for a Division I college football game in 1999 at CU and who later became the first woman to score in a game when she kicked an extra point for the University of New Mexico Lobos, made the comment during a taped interview with Katie Couric on NBC’s “Today Show.”

“It was a minute that has changed my life forever,” she said of the alleged attack by a teammate with whom she said she was “watching a game” at his home in August 2000. “It’s still something I wake up to and have to deal with every day.”

Hnida, who kicked at Chatfield High School before walking on as a kicker at the request of then-CU coach Rick Neuheisel, said her male teammates disrespected and harassed her beginning her first day of practice.

“I was walking back to the locker room and was surrounded by five men who were much bigger than I was, asking me sexual questions,” she said.

Hnida also alleged that male teammates, while in the huddle, “would rub up against me” and claimed the men “would occasionally expose themselves.”

She said the player was someone she was “very close to” and that she tried to stop him.

“I literally pushed up onto his shoulder and told him to stop,” she said, claiming the attack stopped when the player stopped to answer a phone.

“I high-tailed it out of there,” she said. “I got in my car and was shaking. I backed my car into a pole.” Hnida said she was a 19-year-old virgin at the time of the alleged attack.

She said she didn’t notify police in fear of creating a “media storm” and didn’t tell head coach Gary Barnett for fear of being dismissed from the team.

“I knew that I couldn’t go to coach Barnett,” she said. “I literally was afraid he would have kicked me off the team.”

Barnett, who was suspended last February for telling reporters Hnida was “ a terrible kicker,” declined comment when reached on Monday.

“I can’t comment right now,” he said. Barnett earlier said he gave former quarterback Zack Colvin a verbal tongue-lashing when he heard that Colvin had called Hnida an off-color name and at that time Barnett said he wanted Hnida to make the team.

Upon leaving CU after her freshman year, Hnida attended a California junior college before enrolling at the University of New Mexico in 2002. She graduated from that school in December and is currently exploring book and movie deals, as well as a possible job as a sideline reporter, NBC said.

Hnida’s allegations came to light last February in a Sports Illustrated article.

CU, in a press release issued on Sunday, said, “The university has reached out to Katie to encourage her to provide information about her assault so that appropriate action could be taken. Regretfully, she has chosen not to respond to these calls.”

In the NBC interview, Hnida said she is currently “in the middle of an ongoing investigation with both the (Colorado) attorney general and some of the Boulder law enforcement,” but declined to elaborate.

“This is far from over,” she said. “This investigation is very far from being over.”

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Louisville Fire Department and Boulder Emergency Services rescuers work to save three dogs — Rosie, Lexus and Rowdy — who fell through the ice at Louisville Reservoir on Monday. The dogs were cold but OK after their adventure, which took place while their owner thought they were in a back yard. Times-Call/Richard M. Hackett

Dogs escape icy reservoir

By Amanda Arthur
The Daily Times-Call

LOUISVILLE — Lying on their stomachs on the ice-covered Louisville Reservoir, rescuers coaxed Rosie, Lexus and Rowdy from the freezing water.

The trio of Labrador retrievers slipped into an unfrozen part of the lake Monday morning after escaping from their back yard, thanks to a neighbor’s downed fence.

“Come on, Rosie! Come on!” one rescuer encouraged.

Cheers erupted when the chilly canine was helped out of the water onto a platform in the center of the reservoir that helps keep water churning.

“Good dog, good dog!” another rescuer said.

Two of the dogs needed assistance out of the water, while one made it on its own.

Watching the operation from the shore with the aid of a pair of binoculars, Louisville police Officer Robert Stuart cheered, too.

“When I got here, they were dog-paddling for their lives, like ‘Where do I go, where do I go?’” Stuart said.

One by one, the dogs were loaded into a rescue boat and tugged to safety.

Louisville water plant superintendent Sid Copeland said he was glad the dogs stayed near the solar platform.

“That’s probably what saved them,” he said. “And we’re lucky a neighbor called to tell us (the dogs were there).”

Working around water, Copeland said, he has dealt with similar situations many times.

Amid praise, hugs and cuddles, the dogs were toweled off and warmed up as an animal control officer contacted their owner.

“That’s the problem with a group of dogs, they keep following each other,” Boulder County animal control Officer Sara Spencer said.

Rescuers from the Louisville Fire Department and Boulder Emergency Services estimate the dogs were on the ice for about an hour. They were in the water for at least 20 minutes.

Approximately 24 rescuers were on scene.

Luckily, Spencer said, each of the dogs had a collar showing they all came from the same home.

Spencer called the dogs’ owner, Cathy Hanson, who thought her dogs were safe in the back yard.

“I had no idea they were out on the ice,” she said.

Racing to the reservoir, Hanson greeted her dogs with a wagging finger.

“You were bad,” she said, lovingly scolding Rosie, who leapt up to kiss Hanson’s face.

“Tell (the rescuers) thank you,” she advised her dogs.

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