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Today's News

  • Rebels deny Cougars share of title

    LAKEWOOD — Winning a boys lacrosse conference championship is uncharted territory for Columbine. It had never happened before. And though the Rebels knew what was on the line when they played Evergreen on April 25 at Trailblazer Stadium, they also knew it wouldn’t come easy.
    And it didn’t. But Columbine stayed the course and a third-period flurry would be all it would need to make history.

  • Nature’s privileges do come with responsibility

    The naturalist John Muir wrote, “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” Many of us came to the Front Range foothills to find ourselves, and nature has been the common path. Our mountain community is just about paradise on Earth, and as the Denver Post weather page and building both acclaim, “ ’Tis a privilege to live in Colorado.”
    The Lower North Fork fire was a reminder that with privilege comes responsibility. Fire mitigation is on everyone’s minds, but will it be enough?

  • League opposes Jefferson Parkway proposal

    The proposed Jefferson Parkway does not meet smart 21st-century sustainable transportation goals, according to the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County. “We oppose the proposed private toll road on many levels,” said League president Ann Roux. “It fails our tests for adequate public input and transparency, government accountability, and economic sustainability.”
    The League’s opposition to the proposed parkway stems from its in-depth study of the toll road, and is based on its consensus-driven standards for evaluating any highway proposal.

  • Teaching students the wrong lesson

  • A tax hike by any other name …

    I always make it a practice to ask my Metro State journalism students to explain what a mill levy is, because few things are more central to covering governments than understanding how taxing entities get money from the public.

  • Virginia rail makes its way back to Evergreen Lake

    Last week, Loie Evans phoned to tell me there was a Virginia rail at Evergreen Lake. They have been seen and heard at the lake before, but they are not as regularly seen as the sora.
    Rails are difficult to see for they live among the reeds and grasses in marshes and seldom come out in the open where you can have a good look at them. They are not particularly shy or afraid of people; they just like to stay in their marsh where they find the food they need.

  • Park district candidates forum planned May 3

    A candidates forum for the election for two seats on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Evergreen Lake House.

    The forum, sponsored by the Canyon Courier, will feature the three candidates for two seats up for election. Incumbent Janet Heck Doyle is seeking a second term. Architect Keith Parker and landscape manager Andrew Adamowski are the other two candidates.

  • Website now available to confirm emergency-notification information

    Great minds think alike.

    Or maybe I should say, Ask and you shall receive.

    Last week, I wrote a story saying the only way to check whether your phone numbers were in the Jeffco emergency-notification system was by calling the FirstCall Network directly and how frustrated I was that I couldn’t do the verification from a website.

    That was true when I tried to verify that my numbers were in the system on April 20.

    That was then; this is now.

  • iPads kind to learning at Wilmot

    Being kind to others has its own intrinsic rewards, but a second-grade class at Wilmot Elementary School got a more tangible bonus for being kind: the opportunity to learn to operate iPads.

     

    The iPad class before spring break was special for students in Mary Gordon’s class, who had marked more than 500 times when they had shown generosity, integrity, responsibility or respect. Those four traits are part of GIRR, the school’s kindness program.

  • Performances in school play are anything but flat

    Flat Stanley has jumped out of the pages of the book by the same name and is visiting Bergen Valley Elementary School.

    The plot from the book has been turned into a musical called “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.,” and fifth-graders are performing it this week for classmates and parents.

    “I stumbled upon (the musical) in a catalog,” said music teacher Samantha Shall. “It was something new, and I knew it would tie into what they’ve been doing in class.”