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Today's News

  • Man has close encounter with coyotes

    A man walking in Alderfer-Three Sisters Park on May 13 was stunned to see a coyote attempt to lure his two dogs into what he thought was a three-against-two ambush.

    Sighting coyotes working in packs in the mountains is extremely unusual, said Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Wildlife. Mostly they are solitary creatures, Churchill said.

    In the last six months, five people in the Denver area have reported being bitten by coyotes.

  • Passing the buck: Cervi Ranch has provided generations of gyrating beasts for the Evergreen Rodeo

    Sparse patches of brush and dry grass dot the nearly featureless horizon of Sterling, where a hint of the Old West remains untainted from decades of development and technological progression. It may not seem like the ideal place to find a modern, world-class athlete, but rodeo man Binion Cervi would disagree.

  • Jeffco teachers union at an impasse with district over pay

    The union representing Jeffco Public Schools' teachers has voted to declare an impasse in negotiations with the district over pay increases.

    "The major sticking point in the negotiations is the fact that while our workload has continued to increase, the district is not willing to add a cost-of-living adjustment to the salary schedule," JCEA president Kerrie Dallman said in a May 19 interview. "They prefer instead to give a one-time stipend."

  • This show is a wicked good time

    Tickets for a Broadway production of “Wicked,” the legendary precursor to the “Wizard of Oz,” can run $300 each. Even if you have that kind of money lying around, chances are that most weekend shows are already sold out. The Center for the Performing Arts Studies has solved this theatrical dilemma by bringing a taste of the wildly popular show to Evergreen.

  • Rudy ducks are rowdy in mating season

    Editor’s note: Sylvia Brockner is under the weather this week. We’re reprinting a column from May 16, 2007.

    It is a lovely May morning as I write, a bit cooler than yesterday but still very spring-like. After throwing her last temper-tantrum snowstorm on April 24, April decided to behave herself, and the last few days were warm and beautiful. As a farewell gift, she brought back the sora and a flock of 14 ruddy ducks to Evergreen Lake on Monday, April 30.

  • LARASA helping Latinos apply for food stamps in Jeffco

    A Denver-based Latino advocacy organization is helping Latino residents apply for food stamps in Jefferson County, and the county says the project has been a huge help.

    The Latin American Research and Service Agency recently was awarded a federal grant to help low-income Latino households apply for food stamps in Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder and Denver counties.

    The nonprofit group initially planned to use the money to encourage more Latinos to apply for benefits but after meeting with county officials, it became clear the mission had to change.

  • County awarded $213,000 in suit over investments

    A district judge awarded Jefferson County more than $213,000 after ruling that investments made by former treasurer Mark Paschall were unlawful.

    The county sued Ohio-based Capital Securities of America Inc. in 2007 after two of its brokers sold then-Treasurer Mark Paschall four collateralized mortgage obligations worth more than $114 million.

  • Jeffco teachers union at an impasse with district over pay

    The union representing Jeffco Public Schools' teachers has voted to declare an impasse in negotiations with the district over pay increases.

    However, both sides say they want to resolve the pay issues so the teachers have a contract and are willing to go to a state negotiator if necessary.

  • County releases first quarter 2009 financial numbers: Revenues down slightly, expenditures up over 2008 first quarter

    Jefferson County's general fund maintained a healthy balance in the first quarter of 2009, but it reflects some of the country's economic woes when compared with the first three months of 2008, according to a recent presentation by the county's top budget official.

    The county's general fund is doing fine, even though revenues are down or flat and expenditures are up, County Administration and Services Director Todd Leopold told county commissioners May 19.

  • No title, but Cougars fare well at state

    Chance Forbes and Christina Spinzig did amazing things at the Class 4A state golf tournament, and yet they were still disappointed.

    It’s all relative, however.

    Forbes was looking to go out her senior season with either an individual title, or at the very least, place second to improve upon last year’s personal best of third place. Forbes shot an 82 on May 18 and an 83 on May 19 to card a two-day total of 165 and place in a tie for sixth.