Today's News

  • Did freedom or government come first?

    I recently overheard a conversation that went something like this: “Where does the right to free speech come from?” “The right to free speech,” came the reply, “was given to us by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”
    Is that accurate? Would our founders have agreed with that formulation? Take a closer look at the language of the First amendment itself: “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.”

  • Just woofing: Barking is a bear

    The hills are alive with the sound of barking dogs. Warm weather is surely upon us. The windows are open, the smells are fresh, but the sounds can be awful if you live in a neighborhood where people harbor bored or unhappy pets.
    Reading on the interwebs, you’ll learn there are three types of people who accommodate barking dogs: the uninformed, the lazy and reluctant, and the malicious and recalcitrant. Hmmm, could one of these be you?
    Hi Sparky. There you are again.

  • Hummingbirds make an appearance at area feeders

    In last week’s column, I promised to write about hummingbirds this week. To old-timers, I apologize for one more article about hummingbirds, but I receive more phone calls about hummingbirds than any other bird and most of these callers say, “I know you have written about hummingbirds before, but I didn’t save the article, so I need you to write about them again.” The most frequent request is the formula for making syrup to feed hummingbirds.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Roberta Ludlum

  • Shakespeare is a dream on a midsummer night

    Some of my first and greatest memories of Shakespeare were of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. I was a youthful theatergoer — maybe 11 or 12 — and too young to be intimidated by the alleged inaccessibility of Shakespeare’s works.

  • YESTERYEAR: Mount Rosalie, before and after its peak

    Carved into the gentle slope of “Summit Flats” is a canyon ringed with cliffs, which is home to the small but noisy Tumbling Creek. Into the updraft, out of this alpine valley, is my choice for a good measure of my cremains to be released to the winds. While, as a first-grader, I had started to explore this waterfall of a creek, instead of fishing, it was along this cliff edge that my Forest Service trails crew, in 1962, was directed to restore the original Mount Evans Trail that connected the Shelter Meadow Cabin with the Stone Shelter at Summit Lake.

  • School board candidate Fellman touts teaching, administrative experience

    Jill Fellman spent 18 years teaching math in Jeffco schools and another 12 as an administrator before she retired in 2009.


    Now, the 53-year-old Arvada resident is running for a seat on the Jeffco school board in November’s election.

    Fellman, currently facing no opposition, is seeking to replace Dave Thomas, who is not seeking a second term. Fellman is running in District 3, which encompasses north Jeffco.

  • Former reporter seeks school board seat

    Former Colorado Public Radio reporter Lesley Dahlkemper is running for the Jeffco school board, and she says she would take the district in a more decisive and cohesive direction.


    Community dialogue should be given more emphasis, Dahlkemper said, and the board needs to take a hard-line stance on cost-saving measures — even if it means closing more schools.

  • Evergreen Rodeo event schedule

    Saturday, June 11

    • Royalty contestants' horsemanship competition, 10 a.m. at the rodeo grounds.

    Wednesday, June 15

    • Blood drive to benefit Children's Hospital from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the downtown Evergreen parking lot.

    Thursday, June 16:

    • Chamber Mixer and Buck-Off at the Design Center at I-70 and Beaver Brook, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., $5.

    Friday, June 17

    • Royal Regatta, Evergreen Lake House, 2:30 to 4 p.m.

  • Students plant wildflowers at waste transfer station

    Earth Day activities culminated June 4 for about a dozen students at two Marshdale schools when they planted wildflower seedlings in a garden at the EDS Waste Solutions transfer station.