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Today's News

  • The many and varied forms of clematis

    Last week we took a brief look at the white clematis, or Western virgin’s bower. This week we will take a look at a very similar plant known as yellow clematis or Chinese clematis, formerly Clematis orientalis. This is the plant that is on the noxious weed list and which so many people are concerned about.

  • Finding justice for Native Americans

    By Hannah Hayes

    Native America is not immune to modern troubles, although the advent of gaming might indicate otherwise to some. Will President Obama create the kind of change desired by the American Indian Movement? It seems he is poised to please.

  • Rookie riders take on mechanical bull

    Six hometown “celebrities” faced the fear of public humiliation and physical impairment to try their luck at riding a mechanical bull on the opening night of the 2009 Evergreen Rodeo on June 19.

    Their combined efforts generated about $6,000 for the rodeo association coffers. It was a fitting attempt to warm up the crowd before the evening’s main event, the Evergreen debut of Professional Bull Riders tour.

  • Cactus dollhouse will benefit Rocky Mountain PBS

    Imagine a 3-foot-tall saguaro cactus that is home to a family of mice.

    This particular cactus happens to be blue, and the mice are dressed in sombreros. Their cactus home has a bedroom, living room and kitchen and is complete with furniture, dishes, tile floors and wall decorations.

  • Jeffco school board president resigns, cites personal reasons

    Scott Benefield, president of the Jeffco school board, is resigning effective June 30.

    "I'm resigning for personal reasons," Benefield said in a June 20 interview. "There's things going on in my family, and with the board work, it was the right thing to do. I enjoyed my time working on the school board and feel we've made a lot of progress and done a lot of good things."

    Benefield was elected to the school board in 2005, representing the northern parts of the county, including portions of Arvada, Standley Lake and Westminster.

  • Congrove legal fees still being paid by the county

    Jefferson County taxpayers continue to fund former county commissioner Jim Congrove's legal bills, even though he hasn't worked for the county in nearly six months.

  • Democratic challengers in CD6 race face tough time raising dough

    Although nearly 18 months remain in the race for the 6th Congressional District seat, an early look shows that the two Democratic challengers are facing hurdles when it comes to fund-raising.

    "It's been slow," says John Flerlage, one of two Democrats running to oust Rep. Mike Coffman from his congressional perch in November 2010. Flerlage, a South Jeffco Democrat, says his fund-raising has been difficult because of the economy.

  • Designers of new pretrial bond program get grilled at town hall

    The architects of a program aimed at releasing more defendants before their trials were grilled June 20 about how it would work and if it would really save the county money.

    Mike Jones, manager of the county's criminal justice strategic planning staff, told county residents and several elected officials that the program will increase public safety and court appearances by defendants while safeguarding due process.

  • Rodeo goes to the bulls

    EVERGREEN — The bulls left their marks this past weekend in the annual Evergreen Rodeo.

    The Professional Bull Riders event on June 19 began with a successful ride by a young man from Illinois. The poor soul got knocked off around the 9-second mark, only to land face first in a pile of, well, stuff. Green, smelly stuff from his eyebrow to his shirt collar and packed nicely in his right ear.

    Sunday’s final event of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event saw Jeston Mead stay on for eight seconds, only to fall down and have his bull step on his neck.

  • Busy summer for Shirley

    EVERGREEN — It takes a lot longer now to introduce Tim Shirley.

    Back when the Conifer resident first started competing at the Evergreen Rodeo in 2001, it was just Shirley the local kid.

    Now it’s Shirley the local kid with blond hair who went to the prestigious Nationals in Las Vegas this past winter and placed sixth, pocketed more than $111,000 and is currently ranked 14th in the nation in the bareback event.