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Today's News

  • Primaries: a double-edged sword

    The year 2010 is shaping up to be one of the most active primary seasons in recent Colorado history. In the U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (who was appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter when Ken Salazar became secretary of the interior) faces a spirited challenge from within his own party from Andrew Romanoff, former speaker of the state House.

  • Higher ed wears target in budget battle

    Whenever Colorado’s budget is in distress, it seems that the biggest target is always on the back of higher education. The four biggest pots of general-fund moneys in the state budget are Medicaid, prisons, K-12 education and higher education. For practical, political and legal reasons, the first three are generally pretty protected. Higher education is often left to bear the biggest brunt of the reductions.

  • County wants registry for foreclosed properties

    Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink says the county should have the authority to require banks and other property owners to maintain foreclosed and abandoned properties to help head off crime and preserve property values.

    "With all these foreclosures out there, there's a lot of additional criminal activity," Mink told the county commissioners Sept. 15. "They attract crime, and the neighbors get upset. Some cities have authority to force banks to do something with the properties; counties don't."

  • Lobos spoil homecoming

    EVERGREEN — Surrounded by a sea of people, the Conifer Lobos and Evergreen Cougars played the biggest football game these parts have seen since 1978.

    None of the current players were even alive the last time the Cougars hosted a varsity game. Heck, Conifer High wasn’t even built.

    But the Mountain Bowl, with its shiny new trophy, replaced the King of the Mountain, Backyard Brawl, or any other name this rivalry has picked up over the years.

  • Reminder why home games rule

    The first annual Mountain Bowl was a not-so-subtle reminder of many things worth applauding.

    You think community spirit is dying? Maybe, but not when it comes to the football programs at Evergreen and Conifer high schools.

    Longtime Conifer coach Larry Fitzmaurice has lobbied for years to try and get this rivalry game moved up to the schools and away from the sterile district environment at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood.

  • Cougars give Lobos the boot

    EVERGREEN — The crowd of girls waiting to grab the attention of Chris Roggow was both giggling and needy.

    Such is the life of an Evergreen senior after scoring two goals and setting up a third against an old rival.

    Roggow and the Cougars played like a car stuck in overdrive against the Conifer Lobos. They flew up and down and all around their home field, stretched the Lobos’ defense and cruised to a 4-2 Class 4A Jefferson County League victory on Sept. 30.

  • Cougars continue to dominate

    LITTLETON — Nothing, it seems, can slow down the Evergreen girls cross-country team.

    Battling through illness, the Cougars picked up a pair of wins last week, including one at the Dave Sanders Invitational at Clement Park on Oct. 2. The Cougars dominated the field — even with top runner Tayler Warren out of the lineup — placing four runners in the top-11.

  • Panel OKs alternate-day plan for Apex Park

    The consensus was reached at 12:30 a.m. after about 40 people presented their views, the majority against Open Space’s plan.

    The main feature of a compromise plan unveiled Sept. 21 involved restricting cyclists to an uphill one-way route on the Enchanted Forest Trail on alternating, odd-numbered days. That may change to alternating even-numbered days in the final version of the plan.

    Any changes will take effect in spring 2010.

  • Ken Berry ruled competent to stand trial in fraud case

    A preliminary hearing was later set for Nov. 12 in Courtroom 5C at the Jefferson County courthouse. The trial judge will be District Judge Tamara Russell.

    Kenneth Berry appeared in court on Monday, Sept. 28, at 1:30 p.m. with his attorney, John Tinder, in front of District Judge Brian Boatright in Division 10.

    Berry’s wife, Anne Wakeford Berry, a co-defendant in the case, was also present, along with her attorney, Jeremy Reed. The two are expected to face trial concurrently.

    Tinder said he had no objection to the competency ruling.

  • Park district goes forward with plan for operations building

    The resolution comes with a stipulation that the $125,000 expense is considered a loan that must be paid back by March 1, 2010, as part of next year’s capital improvements.

    Park officials hope that if the work begins this fall, they will have at least a bare-bones shelter on a cement slab enclosed by February, so park workers can make vehicle repairs indoors.

    The building is expected to cost about $250,000, or $100,000 more than originally planned. It will be located on land the district owns in Buchanan Park behind the administration building.