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Today's News

  • The lessons to learn from a down economy

    The other day, a friend told me he believes there’s a good chance our kids’ generation will face the same kind of Depression-era challenges our grandparents did. I don’t know whether that’s true. I sure hope not.

    If we had our way, of course, our kids would never face economic hardship. Difficult times lead to deferred dreams, missed opportunities, strained relationships and, in some cases, poverty. There’s nothing good about job losses and a stagnant market.  

  • Earmark reform, not elimination

    When President Obama signed a $410 billion budget bill last week, the story might have been that Congress failed to pass its fiscal 2009 budget until almost half the fiscal year was over. Instead, the discussion was about earmarks.

    Earmark has become a dirty word. Candidates badmouthed earmarks in the last election, and John McCain said Obama should have vetoed the budget compromise because it contained them.

  • Goshawks again brooding over Evergreen

    While I was visiting Bosque del Apache, an exceptionally fine photograph of a northern goshawk was printed in the Community Eye feature of the Canyon Courier. It was taken by Richard Gristak on Bear Mountain. I was pleased to see this beautiful bird’s photo for two reasons: one, because I have not seen a goshawk in the area for some time, and secondly, because I had been wondering what hawk was making the birds at my feeder so antsy.

  • Open Space could save $5 million by refinancing loans

    The Jefferson County Open Space Division might be able to buy more land after it refinances more than $70 million in loans to take advantage of low interest rates.

    “Unfortunately, the economy is bad, but it also creates the opportunity for us to do better with our bonds,” said Open Space Director Ralph Schell.

    Schell said the open space program took out about $160 million in loans in 1999 to buy land. The county currently pays an average interest rate of 4.94 percent on the remaining debt, but prevailing rates are nearly 2 points lower.

  • County ‘sales pitch’ irks citizen budgeters

    Some members of the citizen panel asked to prioritize $277 million in county spending over the next four years are growing tired of the “sales pitch” from the county and want to get to work.

  • County still behind on food-stamp applications: 199 applicants enduring waiting beyond 30-day deadline

    Nearly 200 Jeffco families awaiting food assistance have endured waits between 35 and 40 days — five to 10 days longer than federal law allows.

  • School official arrested on suspicion of attempted sexual assault on a child

    Don Jenkins, Jeffco Public Schools’ chief information officer, was arrested March 19 for investigation of Internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child.

    Jenkins was arrested by the Aurora Police Department after an undercover Internet sting operation.

    “This is devastating news for us on so many levels,” said Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson. “Accusations like these violate our organizational values and our mission of protecting children.”

  • County must borrow more to build animal shelter; groundbreaking now scheduled for June 15

    The weak economy and an “unrealistic fund-raising timeline” have forced the county to borrow more money for the Table Mountain Animal Center project, according to the shelter’s spokesman.

    “It was never realistic for us to reach $3 million in actual money by the time they break ground,” said Ben Drotar, TMAC spokesman. “With the current economic climate, and the problems that pretty much happened at the end of October, that threw a little wrench in the spokes.”

  • Coors Field special place for Cougars

    Terry Hensley has been coaching baseball a long time.

    Twenty-seven years, in fact.

    Safe to say, he’s seen a lot of games. Some good, some bad.

    Evergreen’s game against Castle View on March 19 at Coors Field has vaulted close to the top of his favorites list.

    In that game, the Cougars were down 3-0 in the sixth inning but rallied to win 4-3 on a sun-soaked March afternoon.

  • Big day for Cougars

    When he stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning, Evergreen’s Ethan Murphy nearly came out of his shoes on his first swing.

    It certainly looked like he was swinging for the fences.

    Turns out, that’s exactly what he was doing.