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Today's News

  • Arvada woman selected to fill empty school board seat

    Robin Johnson of Arvada will fill the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education seat vacated when former board president Scott Benefield resigned June 30.

    Johnson has three children in Jeffco Public Schools and has been active at her local parent-teacher association, according to a statement from the school district. She’ll take the oath of office at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at the district’s headquarters.

    Johnson will have to run for re-election Nov. 1 if she hopes to keep the seat.

  • Is it time already?

    Where o where did our summer go?

    In just eight short days, most kids in the Jefferson County school district will report back to school. Is it just me or does that seem entirely too early?

    Back in my day, school didn’t start until after Labor Day. Granted, we were also in school until the third week of June, but there’s something about having to start school in the middle of August that just doesn’t feel right.

  • Race ends in tie (sort of)

    IDAHO SPRINGS — An unusual act of sportsmanship developed Aug. 8 out of a game of long-legged brinkmanship.

    Jason Delaney and James McGown were neck and neck for the first 12 miles of the annual Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon.

    Delaney, of Golden, was the men’s defending champion and also won the race three years ago. He got out quickly from the start in Georgetown and set the early pace.

    “He’s younger, so he gets out fast,” said McGown, 34.

  • Jeffco Health celebrates 50 years with health party for Evergreen kids

    Learning how to cope with elk droppings was one of eight messages children heard about healthy living at a public-health demonstration last Thursday morning on the grounds of the Buchanan Park Rec Center in Evergreen.

    About 145 children ages 6 to 9 attended the outdoor event.

    Public Health in the Mountains, Sun Up to Sun Down stressed hand-washing, bicycle safety signals, helmet wearing, healthy snacking and how to avoid getting the H1N1 virus and the E. coli germ, among other things. It was open to the public.

  • Apex trail management policy taking shape

    As part of an ongoing effort to design a better plan for the 770-acre park that separates urban Golden from semi-rural foothills suburbs, the Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee recently solicited ideas from several major interest groups.

    The issue drew an overflow crowd of about 90 people to the regular meeting of the Jeffco Open Space board on Aug. 6 at the Open Space building in Golden.

  • Love or money? Employers face a choice

    American carmakers are desperately struggling to survive, and we are watching and hoping that the last bastion of our once proud manufacturing sector will not become extinct. There are many Monday morning quarterbacks who point out what might have given them a longer and better future. So I might as well offer my two cents.

    Twenty-five years ago I was part of running a business in Michigan. Even then I remember second-guessing the way Detroit worked.

  • 13 to walk in Breast Cancer 3-Day

    The 3-Day is a grueling event that entails walking 20 miles a day without benefit of iPods or even cell phones, except for an emergency. Participants commit to three days of pounding pavement with 1,000 other women, as well as sleeping overnight in a closed campground, where they shower in communal facilities and chow down on provided meals. No family support is allowed.

  • Rhodes to stage EChO benefit concert

    On the road to recovery after a devastating bicycle accident, Kevin Rhodes started writing songs and fiddling around with his guitar, which he has played since age 10.

    The result was enough original material to put on a concert at the Center/Stage on Friday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the benefit of Evergreen Christian Outreach, which has a food pantry and thrift shop.

  • Top EHS grads plan science careers

    Elizabeth Threlkeld was named valedictorian and Leah Huiting was named salutatorian of the Evergreen High School 2009 graduating class, and both are planning careers in science fields.

    Threlkeld will be attending the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts on a full-tuition scholarship. She plans to major in bioengineering or biomedical engineering.

    With high school completed, Threlkeld is looking forward to the challenges of college.

    “I’m excited to learn things that I can be more passionate about,” she said.

  • August brings late wildflowers, fall migration

    July has been a great month. Most of the days have been blue and sunny, with cool mornings and warm afternoons with scattered showers. The summers of 1965 and 1969 were much like this, and I had very little need to water to have a bountiful garden. It seemed like we had moved to Camelot.