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Today's News

  • Formerly homeless Conifer man hopeful he gets to remain on his property

    For Clem Smith, home isn’t just where the heart is. Home has been the streets, home has been his car, home has been an RV parked at a campground or in a Walmart parking lot in any number of cities and towns across Colorado and other states. Earlier this year, home took another form when Smith used inheritance money from his late mother’s estate to purchase 11 ½ acres of land just south of Conifer with the intent to build a house of his own — the first real home he’s had as an adult.

  • Evergreen contractor pleads guilty to theft

    Jonathan Paul McMillan, the Evergreen contractor indicted in March for theft from homeowners through his roofing business, pleaded guilty July 31 to two felony counts of theft from an at-risk adult and two felony counts of theft.

    McMillan, 41, the owner of Lifetime Roofing and Restoration, faces up to 36 years in prison and will be sentenced Oct. 6.

  • South Jeffco PR exec joins race for HD 25

    Lisa Cutter, a longtime Jefferson County resident and 25-year public relations veteran, is challenging Republican Tim Leonard for the House District 25 seat in 2018.

    Confirming her candidacy for office in a phone interview last Friday, Cutter said a desire to serve the community in a way that extends beyond volunteer work drove her decision to run for public office.

  • Rolling Stones, ghosts and the Red Rocks Award

    Christie Greene

    In addition to living in the midst of some of the most spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing in the state, Denver’s foothills residents also enjoy close proximity to one of the country’s most famous and beloved outdoor event venues.
    Red Rocks has been touted as the country’s best outdoor amphitheatre by Rolling Stone Magazine, though the Rolling Stones, themselves, have never played there.

  • Fitness on the Rocks draws a crowd to Red Rocks

    Up and down. Up and down. Up and down.
    Seven up-and-downs made 1 mile for those participating in the mile run up the stairs of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre during Saturday’s annual Fitness on the Rocks event.
    Along the way, there was blood, sweat and maybe even some tears. Many called it quits before completing the trek. But not Nikita Cordier. The 18-year-old runner from Denver came in first in the male division with a time of 5 minutes, 40 seconds.

  • For NHRA star, racing at Bandimere is a unique experience

    MORRISON — Even though the Mopar Mile-High Nationals NHRA race is the most difficult on the 24-race tour every year, national Pro Stock star Jeg Coughlin Jr. always looks forward to racing and reuniting with old friends at Bandimere Speedway.
    “This is probably one of my favorite races on the tour,” Coughlin said. “I get guilty of saying that, though, from race to race, but this is a great event.”

  • Local racer barely misses out on first NHRA victory

    MORRISON — Although every active weekend at Bandimere Speedway promises plenty of thrills, local Idledale Super Gas driver Morgan Minor finished off perhaps the most thrilling weekend of his racing career at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals race after narrowly missing out on his first national victory.
    “We had a great weekend,” Minor, 50, said. “It was such an exciting experience to make it to the final round at my home race track. Definitely my best race ever.”

  • Our Readers Write

    Working to be bipartisan
    Editor:
    Some questions have come to my mind and might have come to yours:  What does it mean to be a leader? A senator? A representative of the people? A  
    servant of the people? A caretaker for the people? A person in this world?
    Such questions have, I hope, occupied our senators and congressmen — and president — on more than a few occasions while in their elected positions. They would be large questions for anyone, but especially for the political leaders in our country.

  • A tribute to an American maverick

    Millions of Americans have Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, on their minds as he again fights for his life. This time, he is battling a brain tumor. I admit that he is my favorite among modern-day politicians. He is a war hero, a maverick who is driven by his conscience, and a father figure who demonstrates exceptional character. You have to love his self-deprecating communication style.

  • The shaping of a journalist, staff

    I woke up Saturday morning to the news of the passing of Jim Vance. Who you may ask? Let me explain.
    Vance, for as long as I can remember, was the news anchor for NBC4, the local affiliate in Washington, D.C. The 75-year-old started at WRC-TV in 1969, two years before I was born. He was one of the first African-Americans to sit in the news anchor chair. No, he doesn’t have a nationally recognizable name like Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather or Peter Jennings, but he was a staple in Washington, D.C., television news.