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Posted 6/14/12

City of Arvada announces new deputy city manager The city of Arvada named its chief information officer as its new deputy city manager, starting June …

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City of Arvada announces new deputy city manager

The city of Arvada named its chief information officer as its new deputy city manager, starting June 18.

Michele Hovet, who has worked for the city twice for a total of 17 years, was promoted from chief information officer. Hovet has a bachelor’s of arts degree in business administration from Fort Lewis College in Durango.

During her time as CIO, Hovet managed technology and communications, and Arvada was ranked as a ”National Top 10 Digital City” eight times by the Center for Digital Government. Hovet was named a ”Top Doer, Dreamer and Driver” by Government Technology Magazine in 2010.

She has served as an active member of the city’s executive management team and contributed organizational initiatives during her service. As deputy city manager, Hovet will oversee several departments and services.

AEDA seeking nominations to celebrate business achievement

The Arvada Economic Development Association is accepting local business nominations for the organization’s annual awards.

AEDA is looking for businesses that demonstrate dedication, innovation, community involvement and entrepreneurial spirit.

The awards are based on numerous aspects of business, including job growth, capital investment, innovation, community support, community involvement, community outreach and other exemplary recognitions. Those interested in nominating a business can go online to for a nomination form, or call AEDA at 720-898-7010. All nominations are due by Thursday, June 28.

Running Club supports college athletes’ education with scholarships

The Arvada Running Club awarded more than $2,100 in scholarships this year to two young women who plan to participate in a formal track and field or cross-country program in college.

Caroline Braun, a 2012 graduate of Mullen High School, will use her scholarship at the University of Northern Colorado, where she plans to major in education. Braun was voted MVP on Mullen’s cross-country team. She was also a member of the girls’ track team when they won the 2011 4A state championship and a member of the 2010 champion 4 x 800 relay team. She went All-State in both cross-country and track, and specializes in the 5k, 800-meter and mile events.

Maisie Larrabee, a 2012 graduate of Arvada West High School, has not yet decided where she will attend college.

Larrabee set three Arvada city track records in 2012. She also qualified for state in her sophomore and senior years. She has qualified for all-conference multiple times and was voted MVP sprinter her junior year. Larrabee was also on the girls varsity basketball team.Both women are also active members in their community, volunteering with different organizations.

Apex to host free yoga lessons in Majestic View Park all summer

Residents looking for a relaxing and healthy way to start their Saturdays can check out Apex Parks and Recreation District’s yoga in the park now through Sept. 29. Lessons are free to adults 18 and older, and all levels are welcome. Sessions are one hour and are lead by instructor Angela McLinden.

Classes will be hosted from 8:15-9:15 a.m. every Saturday through Sept. 29 at Majestic View Park, 8900 W. 72nd Ave. There will be no class Sept. 1.No registration is required, and participants must bring their own mat. Apex suggests wearing layered clothing that is easy to move in, and bringing sunscreen and water.

For more information about yoga in the park, go online to or call 303-424-2739.

DRCOG opens up registration for annual Bike to Work Day

The annual Bike to Work Day is quickly approaching, and the Denver Regional Council of Governments has opened up registration.

Bike to Work Day is Wednesday, June 27, and is hosted to promote healthy living and reduce car emissions. The city of Arvada will host two breakfast stations along popular bike trails during the morning commute. One will be located at Memorial Park, 7800 Barbara Ann Drive, and the other will be at Gold Strike Park, 5535 W. 56th Ave.

Participants can register and order an event T-shirt online at


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