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Today's News

  • A child of the Great Depression

    Editor’s note: As our country fights its way out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the Courier is remembering those who fought for their very survival through the days following Black Tuesday into the winds of the Dust Bowl and onto the beaches of the Second World War.

    What Ann Binkley remembers about the Great Depression is the hallmark of today's lingering recession. "There were basically no jobs," unless you were working for the railroad, Binkley said.

  • Albertsons eyes rezoning for vacant supermarket

    In another attempt to lease the empty Albertsons building, the owner is applying to Jefferson County for permission to allow a tenant bigger than 20,000 square feet and to eliminate the restriction on lumber yards and exterior sales and storage.

    A community meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the store, 30931 Stagecoach Boulevard, in the shopping center off Evergreen Parkway. Chairs will be provided.

  • Elk Creek recall supporters say two-thirds of signatures collected

    More than two-thirds of the signatures needed to force a recall election of Elk Creek Fire Protection District board president Tim Biglen have been collected in the two weeks since the petition drive started.
    More than 200 signatures were collected in nine days, mostly by two dozen workers going door to door in the district. The group needs at least 300 signatures and has 60 days to collect them.

  • School board candidate forums

    • Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Wheat Ridge: City Council Chambers, Wheat Ridge United Neighborhoods

    • Oct. 2, 12:30 p.m., Golden: Jefferson Unitarian Church (JUC), 14350 W. 32nd Ave., JUC Social Responsibility Council

    • Oct. 3, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Lakewood: Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W.20th Ave., Jeffco League of Women Voters

    • Oct. 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Littleton: Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave., League of Women Voters

  • Artists’ ideas keep new gallery vibrant

    Most art galleries are vibrant by nature — the walls packed with colorful or inspiring art that grabs the visitor’s attention. But not all galleries have a vibrant atmosphere in addition to eye-catching art. The Main Street Fine Art Gallery, the latest endeavor of the Evergreen Artists Association, is a lively gallery whose art as well as atmosphere change frequently thanks to a dedicated group of artists.

  • New state House map is unfair to Jeffco

    As this newspaper reported, last week, the Colorado Reapportionment Commission approved a map redrawing this state’s legislative districts. Not only does the map deprive Jefferson County of its allotted number of whole House seats, it carves up significant natural, cultural and administrative communities of interest.

  • Info wars: The empire strikes back

    A short time ago in a county very, very nearby, a group of small weekly newspapers launched an investigation into a land deal that the Jeffco empire presented as a routine open-space purchase.

  • Trees turn on their vibrant fall colors

    It’s that time of year again when everyone is out looking at aspen leaves. Nothing makes Colorado’s scenery more beautiful than the gold of aspen leaves. We have aspen bowls through mile upon mile of our mountain country, nestled among the dark green of pines, spruces and firs. They are golden treasure for everyone to admire and share.

    I am amazed that Denver has not long since built and sponsored an Aspen Bowl where it could host and play major football games.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A nasal engagement

  • Board hopeful Powers concerned with school closings, need for options

    Lakewood architect Jim Powers opted to run against District 4 school board candidate Lesley Dahlkemper at virtually the last possible minute, filing an affidavit with the state on Aug. 29, the day such documents were due.