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Today's News

  • Know something about wild mushrooms before you pick them

    August is usually a rainy month. I had thought that it might be drier this year due to all the rain we have had in June and July, but the rain seems to be continuing into August.

  • A victory for open government

    Chalk up another victory for open government. The Board of Governors of Colorado State University has released the tapes of an obviously illegal executive session and paid the legal fees of newspapers in Fort Collins and Pueblo.

  • Beer with president was a great idea

    Although I don’t agree with President Obama on many policy issues, his “beer summit” last week turned out to be a novel and very effective way of using the power of the presidency to defuse a potentially volatile situation.

    And while it remains to be seen what the longer term effects will be, it may turn out to have a significant positive impact on race relations going forward.

    The controversy erupted a few days earlier, when African-American Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates accused Boston police Sgt. James Crowley of racial profiling.

  • Annual Grove Sale a proven winner

    Many events aspire to be described as “win-win.” But Evergreen Lutheran Church’s annual Grove Sale is described by organizers as “win-win-win” — because generous donors, bargain-hungry shoppers and mountain area charitable beneficiaries all come out ahead.

    This year the church, south of Evergreen on Highway 73, will celebrate its 20th year presenting what has become known as “the best garage sale in the mountains.” It will be open for business from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

  • County hopes to get cities involved in funding new animal shelter

    Jeffco officials are trying to broker a deal that would ease the county's financial obligation for funding a new animal shelter and shift some of the burden to cities in the county.

  • Jeffco investment manager projects 2.3 percent return in 2009

    Jeffco’s investment managers expect to earn $7 million in investment income in 2009, which would be an average 2.3 percent return.

    Jeffco treasury officer and portfolio manager Mark Hubbard told the county commissioners Aug. 4 that the county’s investment portfolio was at about $304 million at the end of June and that the county had already earned nearly $4.3 million on interest in 2009. Earnings are expected to rise to $7 million by the end of 2009, Hubbard said.

  • County files motion to restrict former attorney’s testimony in lawsuit

    Former county attorney Frank Hutfless may have violated attorney-client privilege by offering to testify against the county in a federal wiretapping lawsuit, according to the Jefferson County Attorney's Office, and the county is now asking a federal judge to make sure it doesn't happen again.

  • 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.