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Today's News

  • I, the jury: Service a privilege

    I’m one of those people who can’t help but shift into lecture mode whenever people complain about jury duty. I automatically launch into how jury duty is a privilege and that it and voting make living in our democratic society so special. Despite my civic pride, I hadn’t been called for jury duty since 1994 and hadn’t been on a jury since 1992.

  • Fiscal responsibility is the key to 2010

    I recently spoke to a political pollster, who told me he is seeing strong evidence that Americans (and Coloradans in particular) are increasingly frustrated with their government’s culture of reckless spending, both at the state and federal levels. This is not a partisan issue, he said, since significant numbers of Republicans, Democrats and independents all share this concern to one degree or another.

  • Commissioners backpedaling on bike restrictions?

    Jefferson County commissioners appear to be rethinking a plan to seek legislation that would allow them to regulate bicycles on county roads.

    After several public meetings about a proposed cycling event through Deer Creek Canyon - and amid a continuing debate about the safety of bikes and cars co-existing on narrow foothills roads - the commissioners had announced they would seek legislative authority to regulate cycling.

  • Commissioners’ e-mail exchange may have violated law - again

    The Jeffco commissioners may have once again run afoul of the Colorado Open Meetings Law by using e-mail to discuss a common statement regarding the board’s controversial effort to seek authority to regulate bicyclists on county roads.

    The apparent violation comes less than two years after the Courier successfully sued the Board of Commissioners over a violation of the law in July 2007. In a settlement of that lawsuit, the commissioners acknowledged they violated the Open Meetings Law and agreed to follow all of the law’s provisions in the future.

  • County's share of cultural funding drops 16 percent

    Jeffco's share of Scientific and Cultural Facilities District funds dropped 16 percent from 2008 to 2009, but the district still awarded more than $820,000 to various organizations and events.

  • Littleton investment banker running for state treasurer

    Littleton investment banker J.J. Ament has thrown his hat into the 2010 race for state treasurer.

    Ament, who is running as a Republican, has spent years in the private banking industry working mostly with governments on major investment projects, and he says taxpayers' dollars can be used and invested more efficiently.

    "I've worked with this treasurer (and) with this governor," Ament said. "And it was frustrating for me to show them the right things to do and have them not do them, and then have to sit there afterward and show them the losses."

  • Watch your fundamentals when chipping

    Every golfer knows the frustrations of getting around the green and not being able to put the ball into the hole. A skulled chip shot across the green can destroy your score. By concentrating on some key fundamentals, you will be able to have a new found success around the green.

  • Kick up some dirt on these trails

    PINE and BUFFALO CREEK — There’s something about asking a local. Whether it be skiing, snowboarding or mountain biking, getting tips from a local can turn the average day into something epic.

    So when I met a local mountain biker near the Pike National Forest work station in Buffalo Creek, I hoped for a few pointers. I got about 30.

  • Horn wins world championship

    It’s been nearly a decade, but Jody Horn can again call himself a current world champion.

    Horn, who is a fifth-degree black belt and chief instructor at Paragon Martial Arts, was crowned world champion for the third time – the first since 2000 – at the American Taekwondo Association’s world championships held last month in Little Rock, Ark. Horn earned a world championship in sparring, one of four disciplines open for competition.

  • Kickin’ it: Kids chase down fun at Stingers soccer camp

    It was a beautiful morning in Evergreen on July 27.

    The sky was blue, the sun was shining, the mountains and trees were in full view, and the temperature was just right. A perfect recipe for summer fun.

    And have fun they did.

    From 9 to 11 a.m., a group of 20 or so kids between the ages of 6 and 12 gathered at Marshdale Elementary School to partake in the week-long Stingers Soccer Skills Camp. The youngsters ran through a bevy of drills that were all designed to not only teach the kids new skills but to get them outside and enjoying life.