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Today's News

  • Jeffco sees record turnout in all-mail primary

    Jefferson County voters responded in record numbers to the first all-mail-in primary election, with the 2010 voter turnout vastly surpassing that of previous years.

    An all-time high of 97,447 ballots — 47.41 percent of the 205,539 eligible voters — had been counted by early Wednesday morning, when all precincts had finished tallying votes.

    By contrast, the closely watched primary elections of 2004 and 2008 turned out only 32.14 percent and 36.74 percent of qualified voters, respectively.

  • Evergreen cries fowl: Dam Ducky Derby fills down-town with a deliriously daffy event

    It was billed as the Dam Ducky Derby, and the event on Bear Creek through downtown Evergreen last Saturday certainly left no one feeling down.

    In fact, you could say the race was all it was quacked up to be: 5,000 rubber waterfowl floated down Bear Creek in a cool competition for a very hot $5,000 grand prize. Hundreds of spectators cheered the ducks as they bobbed along the creek from the dam to the bridge near Highland Haven.

  • Evergreen’s Maes wins GOP gubernatorial nomination

    After jumping into the governor’s race with no political experience and no establishment credentials or support, Evergreen businessman Dan Maes defeated Scott McInnis on Tuesday in the Republican primary.

    Maes won by 50.6 percent to 49.3 percent, with a record number of Coloradans casting primary votes.

    After peaking in the final weeks, the Maes campaign was tantalizingly close to victory, but the race was still too close to call. Maes now faces Democrat John Hickenlooper and Constitution Party latecomer Tom Tancredo in November.

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  • South Jeffco’s Flerlage touts his fiscal approach

      South Jeffco Democrat John Flerlage began his lengthy campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in early 2009, only months after the newly elected congressman had taken office. With the general election now just four months away, Flerlage is confident he can sway voters in the historically Republican 6th District — despite having raised a fraction of the funds that Coffman has.

    The key to Flerlage’s approach, not surprisingly, is campaigning on ideas rather than divisive platforms, at least on fiscal issues.

  • Douglas fir got its name from fervent botanist

    The Douglas fir, pseudotsuga menziesii, is one of our loveliest trees. It is probably the largest tree growing in our forests today. It has a fascinating history that is closely woven with the man for whom it was named, David Douglas.

  • We can say no to negative ads

    Negative attacks, they say, have long been part of politics. In “Going Dirty: the Art of Negative Campaigning” by David Mark, we’re told that in the 1828 presidential election, Andrew Jackson’s political allies nicknamed John Quincy Adams “the Pimp,” a reference to “a rumor that while he was ambassador to Russia a decade earlier, he had coerced a young woman into having an affair with a czar.”

  • Senior Schillingburg talk of Evergreen golf team

    Taylor Schillingburg, by his own admission, is a compulsive talker. He’s not a bragger or anything like that, but the Evergreen senior is known to talk a time or two on the golf course.

  • Haave makes her way back home

    Tanya Haave, no matter where life has taken her, still called Colorado home. The 1980 Evergreen graduate still owned a home in Lafayette in spite of spending the past four years as head women’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco.

  • Driver who hit cyclist released to probation

    The Evergreen man who was driving drunk when he hit a cyclist on Evergreen Parkway last August is being allowed to leave prison after 120 days.

    Jeffrey Detlefs, 58, will be on probation for nine years and is forbidden to either drink or drive.

    The victim of the accident, Rex Hegyi, was thrown 125 feet and landed on the pavement. He spent 26 days in the hospital with five broken vertebrae, 15 broken bones, a shattered shoulder and a broken pelvis.