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Today's News

  • Political newcomer challenging DA Storey

    When Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey announced in January that he’d be seeking a second term, there was no word on whom the Democrats might run against him.

    Eight months later — and just three months before the November election — Storey finally has an opponent.

    Vicky Peters, a Lakewood Democrat coming off a 20-year career as an environmental attorney in the Colorado attorney general's office, is Storey's challenger.

  • Judgment day slow in coming for 'Cabin Baby' arsonists

    Justice delayed, they say, is justice denied, but on Aug. 21 John Stuckless and Cathie Messa looked forward to a just and certain end to a long and painful ordeal.

    It’s been nearly a year since Gregory Allen Leon and Summer Lynn Baker, both now 25, robbed the Stuckless home on Armadillo Trail and then set it afire.

  • MDA camp offers local boy a sweet taste of freedom

    For millions of kids, summer camp is a transforming rite of passage.

    New friends to make, new places to see, new experiences to try — a well-fed wilderness adventure featuring a rustic slumber-party cabin every night and no meddlesome parents around to rain on the rush. It’s a careful yet exhilarating toe in the pool of personal independence, and everyone comes home a little older and a little bolder.

  • Neighbors protest Elk Rest condo project

    After listening to half a dozen homeowners rail against the proposed Elk Rest condo project, the Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 on Aug. 19 to send the idea back to the planning commission for further analysis.

    Commissioner Kathy Hartman said she would have preferred not to postpone the rezoning decision but was overruled by Commissioners Jim Congrove and Kevin McCasky.

  • Hitting it big: Evergreen native puts persistence to music

    Brett Boyett is a big fan of Calvin Coolidge. He particularly likes this quote from the former president: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.” After years of determination and living by Coolidge’s words, Boyett, an Evergreen native, is reaping the fruits of his labor with a successful career in music.

    Boyett grew up in Evergreen and graduated from Evergreen High School in 1992. Even during his childhood, Boyett knew that he wanted to be a musician.

  • Motivated and mature, Cougars will push for Jeffco title

    Coaches can talk about great players and great chemistry until their Under Armour rots off their bodies, but it doesn’t make it real or true.

    Proof, however, can come in unusual ways.

    Take the Evergreen volleyball team. Second-year coach Katie Evans recently had her team perform its conditioning drills outside her watchful gaze as she was pulled into a meeting.

    Rather than slack, there was a yack. Yes, the girls pushed each other hard enough that someone lost their lunch.

  • Cougars looking to score big, keep low profile

    If funds had permitted, the Evergreen Cougars might have trained for the boys soccer season at a secret location deep inside an underground lair. That might have suited second-year varsity coach Adrian Ferreira just fine.

    Looking for the top players this season? Ferreira is letting that honor become earned.

    How about formations or tactical shifts this season?

    “I don’t want to give any secrets away in the newspaper,” Ferreira said.

  • Stinging start

    If you’re a glass half-full kind of person, than you can certainly find positives in the first two games of the Evergreen softball season.

    While the Cougars have been hampered by injuries to several starters, it has allowed younger players an opportunity to gain valuable experience at the varsity level.

  • DNC's first day a whirlwind

    Attending day one of the Democratic National Convention in Denver was like going to a party, a game and an industry trade show simultaneously. From a logistical standpoint, the enormous production came off nearly seamlessly.

    The shuttle bus, the security, the sound system, the snack bars, the people-watching, organization, professionalism of the volunteers, general accessibility and the inspiring speeches by famous political figures made the evening go by entertainingly.

    If the rest of the days go off as well, it will be a big win for Denver and Colorado.

  • Jeffco schools to seek tax increase, bond issue

    The Jefferson County school board voted unanimously Aug. 21 to ask voters for a 4.4-mill increase in property taxes and a $350 million bond issue in the Nov. 4 election to pay for more teachers, upkeep, buildings and technology upgrades.

    The mill levy is expected to cost taxpayers an extra $2.92 a month per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The bond issue is to replace the level of borrowing that is in already in place as that is paid off, and it will not result in a tax increase.

    The proposal could be a tough sell in view of the declining economic climate.