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Today's News

  • Big Chili Cook-off bigger than ever

    The September 2011 Big Chili Cook-off was more about Sept. 11, 2001, and only partly about the more than 100 kinds of chili on parade for the thousands of participants who attended the annual event benefiting five area fire districts.

    An estimated 5,000 people attended the event this year, up from 4,000 last year, although final figures weren't available at press time. Some 300 volunteers helped make it all happen.

    "We ran out of ballots, wrist bands and everything," said event director Kristin Witt.

  • Off-leash area at Elk Meadow will celebrate 10 (dog) years with party

    Jeffco Open Space is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Elk Meadow Bark Park, as well as the completion of a major makeover, with a birthday party for the dog park at noon Sunday, Sept. 18. The public and all their dogs are welcome.

    The Open Space Division is providing birthday cake and dog treats, and ranger Jason Hamburg will talk about the park. Parking is limited, and carpooling is advised.

  • Grant to help pay for bike racks on Lariat Loop

    With the Pro Cycling Challenge in particular and cycling in general both in the limelight, the Lariat Loop successfully obtained $25,000 to install 25 bike racks at various points along the 40-mile-long National Scenic Byway.

    The grant requires a matching fund contribution of $6,000. The money comes through the Colorado Department of Transportation from the Federal Highway Administration, which is responsible for the Scenic Byways Program.

  • Firefighter won't face charges in Soda Creek blaze

    The West Metro firefighter who was burning slash as a caretaker in the forest off Soda Creek Road three days before a fire broke out is no longer facing charges.

    The Jefferson County district attorney’s office dropped the charges against Joel Worley, 37, during a motions hearing Sept. 1. Worley previously said he would rather face trial than accept a plea bargain or plead guilty.

  • Designer bird houses make benefit sing

    The stars of the second annual Bird House Bash, a benefit for Evergreen Audubon's Nature Center on Sept. 7, did not disappoint.

    Artistic creativity was exceptional among 19 professionally decorated and fabricated birdhouses available for auction at the evening affair, which included drinks at the Nature Center (or the Warming Hut in the winter) and dinner at the Lake House.

  • Falling rocks injure seven at Red Rocks

    Investigators have not identified a reason for the rock fall at Red Rocks Amphitheatre that injured seven people at a concert by Sound Tribe Sector 9 after midnight on Saturday.

    Four people were taken to hospitals after seven were hit by rocks that fell from Creation Rock on the north side of the amphitheater about 1 a.m. Sunday. The monolith is 300 feet tall.

    There were unconfirmed reports of people climbing illegally on the rocks in that area, which can trigger a $999 fine.

    The rocks came down between rows 20 and 40.

  • Late tally lifts Cougars past Mullen

    Maybe it wasn’t  bound to happen, even though Evergreen controlled much of the possession time in its season opener with Mullen at Evergreen High School. But Scott Boland certainly was in the right place at the right time.
    The Cougars senior punched home an Ethan Jackson rebound in the 73rd minute and Evergreen opened the 2011 season with a 1-0 victory over Mullen, avenging a loss in last year’s season opener.
    “We had a really hard shot at the keeper. He couldn’t control it and it came right back out,” Boland said.

  • Skold, Cougars off and running

    AURORA — Sammy Skold wasn’t trying to make a statement, so the Evergreen junior said. She was just getting back into the rhythm of running cross county, but her third-place finish at the Lori Fitgerald Pre-State Invitational would say otherwise.
    Skold’s season-opening time of 19 minutes, 39.41 seconds at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds on Sept. 3 was only topped by Canon City freshman Aubrey Till (19:02.40) and Discovery Canyon senior Allie Morgan (19:33.24) in the 4A girls race.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS GOLF
    Moore’s 78 helps Cougars to another second-place finish
    ARVADA
    — Sophomore Ben Moore shot an 8-over 78 at Indian Tree Golf Course on Sept. 2 to lead the Cougars to a third-straight second-place finish behind Valor Christian in 4A Jeffco League competition.
    Sam Theil fired a 79, Kyle Peterson shot 80, Luke Hadsell scored an 88 and Adam Zuckerman shot a 91.
    Evergreen finished with a 325 team total, one shot better than Golden and three shots ahead of D’Evelyn.

  • Our state is in a heap of trouble, boys

    During a series of commercials for Dodge Challengers in the early 1970s, a rural sheriff who usually said, “Boy, you’re in a heap of trouble,” stopped Challenger drivers because they must have been speeding in a car that looked so hot. As I read the latest report of the University of Denver’s Center for Colorado’s Economic Future, I found myself thinking all future residents of Colorado share the drivers’ dilemma. We are definitely in a heap of trouble.