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Today's News

  • ‘Balloon boy’: Media inflate sensational

    I was on a flight back to Denver when the pilot came on the speaker with an announcement. 

    “For those of you following the ‘balloon boy’ story,” he said, “I’ve got great news — they found him in the garage, safe and sound.”

    There was some scattered applause and a little excited conversation. 

  • Term limits appear to have their own limits

    The bloom of term limits in Colorado seems to be off the rose.

  • Orchestral workshop could have life-changing sounds

    As a middle-school clarinetist, I remember setting a timer for my practice sessions. Tooting out squeaky versions of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean,” it seemed to take 90 minutes for those 30 minutes of rehearsal to be complete.

  • What next for the world's nukes?

    Hannah Hayes

    When Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who directed the Manhattan Project, witnessed the first atomic explosion, he quoted a line from the Bhagavad-Gita, “I am become Death, the shatterer of worlds.” The military smiled, and the rest of us started worrying.

  • October's fickle weather

    The circular table on the patio looks like a humongous marshmallow or a giant birthday cake. The weathermen are predicting more snow tonight. I can’t believe we have this much snow in October. It looks more like the storm and quantity of snow that we usually get in spring storms. Kind neighbors have kept my driveway plowed. Three times today!

  • Gymnasts finish third

    THORNTON — A year after winning the Class 4A gymnastics state championship, Evergreen coach Monnya Silver is allowed to call her shots.

    “Third was -- it sounds kind of bratty -- but it‘s kind of what we expected to get,” said Silver, who co-coaches the Cougars with Marnie Bello. “But we were pushing for more.”

  • State race full of surprises

    FORT COLLINS — Rob Wright has learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to the biggest race of the fall prep season.

    Still, it’s tough to imagine that anyone thought the Cougars would have one runner go to the hospital, and another stop mid-race to get sick during the Class 4A state cross-country championships on Nov. 7 at Fossil Ridge High School.

    Afterwards, the veteran coach was pragmatic.

    “You know, stuff like that just happens,” he said.

  • Wah Keeney developer reaches accord with county

    In an effort to clear land for a condo development, Barbachano cut down several hundred trees and built a road in the vicinity of 3066 Yucca Lane and Spruce Road on the eastern edge of Wah Keeney.

    Under terms of the agreement signed Oct. 27, Barbachano agreed to the following:

    • To install additional erosion-control fence around the newly extended portion of the access on the property.

  • Idledale water storage tank to be retired after 30 years

    The Idledale Water and Sanitation District is ready to begin work this winter on building a new 250,000-gallon water tank to supply the 125 homeowners in the district west of Morrison.

    The existing concrete tank isn’t leaking but is “at the end of its useful life,” said AJ Beckman, district manager with Special District Management Services of Lakewood, a consulting firm that handles 35 special districts.

  • Park district budget shows no increases in wages

    Under the preliminary park district budget for 2010, there will be no furlough days or reduced hours, but district employees are getting no raises or cost-of-living increases. The district has about 35 full-time employees and about 60 contract employees.

    The new budget assumes the Evergreen Park and Recreation District will take in nearly $5 million from taxes and operations, an increase of 2 percent compared to $4.85 million in 2009.

    The hourly charge to use Marshdale fields, which was proposed in the last draft, has been eliminated, but per-player charges will rise.