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Today's News

  • Cordilleran flycatchers have little luck with nesting spots

    Although spring migration has long been over, we had a bit of excitement in the yard this week.

    The house wrens have long been nesting in a swallow box on the supporting post of the front porch. In fact, they are feeding young. Although it is supposed to be a swallow box, the swallows have never had a chance to use it because the wrens arrive earlier and have already taken it over. They usually have eggs in the box by the time the violet-green swallows arrive. That was the case this year.

  • Good teachers change lives

    Did you ever have a really great teacher? Someone who changed your life?

    I’ve been lucky to have more than one. In elementary school, I wasn’t the easiest kid — you could say I was pretty tough. These days I’d surely be diagnosed with ADD (actually, to say I had an attention deficit is a huge understatement). But Mrs. Arnold and Mrs. Ballangee stuck with me. It would have been easy to ignore this rowdy kid, but they put in extra hours, helping me learn what I couldn’t have learned on my own. I’m grateful they did.

  • Jeffco plans joint venture with land developers

      Almost a third of the land owned by Jeffco’s airport would be commercially developed under an unprecedented plan in which any ultimate profits would be split with a private firm based in Denver.

    Details of a contract for the joint venture, the first public-private partnership land deal in Jefferson County’s 148-year history, may not be finalized for months.

  • Democrat Schulz challenging incumbent treasurer

      Jeffco treasurer candidate Larry Schulz boasts 44 years of public service — all of which he attributes to childhood allergies. Schulz, incumbent treasurer for the city of Wheat Ridge, was headed for a life in agriculture until fits of sneezing prodded him toward higher education and a career away from his family’s farm.

    “I grew up on a dairy farm in southeastern Minnesota,” said Schulz, 66. “I learned about hard work there, and about honesty.”

  • Kauffman touts experience in treasurer race

      Republican Tim Kauffman was working as a commercial banker when he was called in 2008 and asked to replace newly elected Commissioner Faye Griffin as Jeffco treasurer. And though he was not new to politics, it took a bit of coaxing before he agreed to fill the office.

    “My phone rang after the election in 2008. … They kept calling, and I realized this might be a really good fit,” said Kauffman, 42, a Westminster resident who served on the city council for seven years, four of which he was mayor pro tem.

  • Incumbent Coffman says voters have clear choice in 6th CD

      Republican Congressman Mike Coffman, up for re-election to a potential second term in November, paints himself as a distinct partisan politician, one unmistakably different from Democratic challenger John Flerlage in Colorado’s 6th District.

    “This race is not about two Marines campaigning against each other but one where a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat happen to be running for the same office,” Coffman said in an e-mail to the Courier. “We are polar opposites, and the

  • Benefit to honor two suicide victims

    Two area residents who committed suicide will be remembered on Saturday, July 24, at a benefit motorcycle run and rally sponsored by Cactus Jack’s Saloon in downtown Evergreen.

    The motorcycle run in honor of Tom Karsell begins with registration at 9 a.m. and the ride at 10 a.m. The start is at Crossroads in Pine Junction. Stops include the Holiday Bar in Morrison, Susie’s in Golden, Mother’s in Georgetown and ending at Cactus Jack’s in Evergreen.

  • Johnson speeds to another Mile-High victory
  • NHRA notebook: Berry hopes return home helped solve mechanical woes

     

  • Cougars wake up to win before season ends

    Jake Murphy was at the ball field by 6:30 a.m. on July 23 for an 8 o’clock game. The Evergreen left-hander said that the early start time makes him feel refreshed and awake. It helps him to pitch a lot better, he said.

    No kidding.