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Today's News

  • Conifer food truck reopens after permit snafu

    The Abide Ride, a local purveyor of breakfast burritos, has returned to regular operations after a permit issue forced the owner to move out of sight for several weeks.

    According to owner Damon Scott, a formal complaint was filed with Jeffco Planning and Zoning a couple of months ago regarding Abide Ride’s presence at 26431 Main St. in Aspen Park. The food truck then faced being shut down for lack of a zoning permit.

  • Youth volunteers restore eroded trail at Chatfield State Park

    A heavily eroded section of trail near the Audubon Center, a bird sanctuary and educational center at Chatfield State Park, now has a smooth path for hikers thanks to the efforts of high school students in the Cairn Youth Program of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.

    South Jeffco resident Davis Bonner, a senior at Heritage High School, and others in the program worked April 23 to restore the trail, which had been washed out by rain.
    “Our job was to shovel crusher fine along the trail,” Bonner said.

  • Finches bring springtime joy to the Rockies

    (Reprinted from May 6, 2009)

    The big snow has come and gone. It was not quite as much as we had a few years ago, but it was more than we needed at one time. I measured 3½ feet at our house, but it was so warm that much of it melted as it fell, and it weighed so much that it compacted what had already fallen. So, measurements were less than accurate. I decided that the actual depth didn’t much matter. After you pass 2 feet of wet heavy snow, most of the roads are closed and the damage to power lines has been done.

  • Peiffer Elementary students rev up their reading skills

    Students at Peiffer Elementary School have logged thousands of hours in reading time while participating in Race to Read, a program sponsored by Bandimere Speedway in Morrison.

    “The kids are so excited about it,” said Peiffer first-grade teacher Tanya Rodgers. “They can read anything they want.”

    The six-week program that Tami Bandimere-Shrader, granddaughter of the speedway founder, began 20 years ago has been around the track many times while expanding among area schools.

  • Animals are people too

    StageDoor Theatre is bringing the search for the Great Pink Sea Snail to the stage with a production of “Dr. Dolittle, Jr.,” which will be performed by the middle school company May 6, 7, 13 and 14.

    Director Mike Kinnie has been a fan of the original movie and its soundtrack since childhood.

    “The story has a nice message: take care of the animals, don’t forget about the animals, animals are people too. So it’s a great story; it’s a great message.”

  • Foothills will acquire roller hockey facility

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is moving forward with plans to acquire the Rocky Mountain Roller Hockey League building at its Schaefer Athletic Complex on South Kipling Parkway.

    The pending $1.4 million purchase is expected to have a 10-year payback and net approximately $200,000 annually in revenues, said Ron Hopp, Foothills executive director.
    “This would provide a lot of unique opportunities we don’t have,” Hopp said at the district board’s April 25 meeting.

  • A lively festival for a chilly spring day

    “Hop, cross, turn,” dance teacher Joan Saliman said to a group learning an Israeli dance at Congregation B’nai Chaim in Morrison on Sunday morning.

    With music supplying a steady beat, the dancers moved across the room with fast-paced steps and turns.

    Israeli dance was just one of many activities that people enjoyed at the congregation’s first Israeli cultural festival.

  • Quick Hits

    Key regular season finale

  • Cougars thwarted by Valor’s young arms

    LAKEWOOD — The opening pitch proved to be a bad omen for Evergreen with the driver’s seat on the line in the Class 4A Jeffco League baseball race for the conference title.

    Cougars’ ace Dane Kapande plunked Valor Christian leadoff batter Joel Pierce to begin the showdown April 27 at All Star Park in Lakewood. The first four Eagles reached base in the top of the first inning on the way to a two-run first inning and eventual 3-1 victory over Evergreen (9-5 record, 4-1 in league).

  • Judge validates petitions of Keyser as GOP candidate in Senate primary

    After days of uncertainty about the validity of a petition that Morrison Republican Jon Keyser submitted as a U.S. Senate candidate, a Denver district judge ordered the secretary of state to place his name on the primary election ballot Friday.

    Secretary of State Wayne Williams had declared Keyser’s petition insufficient because he was 86 signatures short in Congressional District 3. Keyser was required to gather 1,500 valid signatures from GOP voters in each of the state’s seven congressional districts to qualify for the June GOP primary.