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Today's News

  • Romney rips Obama economic record in Jeffco visit

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came to the Jeffco Fairgrounds on Thursday and promoted his job-creating and deficit-cutting policies, while blasting President Barack Obama’s inability to turn around the economy.

    “He had a lot of people excited. But look at the results. It’s been a disappointment. His policies have not worked,” Romney said.

  • Former Evergreen man gets 45-day sentence for improper sexual contact

    A former Evergreen man found guilty of unlawful sexual contact involving an at-risk adult has received a sentence of 45 days in prison and 3½ years of intensely supervised probation.

    During his sentencing hearing Aug. 2 in Jefferson County Court, Ronald Ruhoff, 73, acknowledged having physical contact with the 29-year-old victim, whom he met while working as a driver for an area organization.

  • Evergreen man charged in father’s slaying

    An Evergreen man is being held without bond, accused of killing his 90-year-old father and of trying to torch the home they shared.

    Kenneth James Elmgreen, 53, remains in the Jefferson County jail on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree arson and two counts of a crime of violence. Elmgreen is suspected in the slaying of his father, Evergreen resident Kenneth Arthur Elmgreen.

    The crime-of-violence charges filed by the district attorney allege that the elder Elmgreen was killed “with hands and/or a pillow.”

  • Colorado should head off trouble at the pass

    There are 110 seats in the Michigan House of Representatives. Penises occupy 83 of them. Vaginas are sadly underrepresented, and indeed two of them were recently prohibited from speaking out on, of all topics, women’s reproductive rights.

  • Fresh faces headed for legislature

    Combine term limits and redistricting, and you get the biggest infusion of fresh faces anyone can remember when the Colorado General Assembly convenes next January.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    The stranger beside me

  • Warehouse Gang exhibit a study in gestalt

    Bantering about the term “gestalt” at cocktail parties is a good way to send people running for the hills. The word stems from studies conducted in 1920s Germany, and in its most complex form, gestalt is a form of psychology that is interested in higher-order cognitive process relative to behaviorism. When boiled down to its essence, gestalt theory holds that the whole is more than the sum of its parts.

  • Reform of teacher pay part of tax-hike debate

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property tax increase.

     

    Opponents of a proposed tax increase for Jeffco schools say that speeding up teacher pay reform would go a long way toward closing a budget gap that proponents hope to fill with the tax hike.

  • Michael Aldridge Band’s new CD features Evergreen drummer

    “We’re just a self-contained, rolling machine,” Evergreen resident Mike Eaton says of his country rock band.

    As the drummer for the Michael Aldridge Band, Eaton provides the dynamic rhythms for the upbeat and heartfelt music the group performs at area venues.

    The group of friends that make up the band has been performing at concerts featuring country music icons Toby Keith and Tim McGraw, and is looking forward to a Sept. 8 concert featuring Rascal Flatts at the Comfort Dental Amphitheatre in Englewood.

  • Setting priorities for a park that’s ‘about play’

    “Who’s really coming?” asked board member Janet Heck Doyle during a discussion of plans for Wulf Park improvements at the July 24 Evergreen Park and Recreation District meeting. “For me, the question is: Who is going to use this and what are the ages?”

    “It seems to me we’re energetically developing this park without objectives,” remarked board member Kit Darrow.