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Today's News

  • Q&A with HD25 candidate Cheri Gerou

    How much money have you raised from donors?

    As of Sept. 4, $49,507.00

    How much from your own resources?

    $45,000

    What should be the role of state government?

    I believe the state government should:

    • protect the rights of the individual, including the education of our children to give our kids the tools to succeed in a global economy; protect the rights of the free enterprise system to keep Colorado friendly to business and job growth;

  • Take advantage of the changing seasons

    It is a warm “summer” day, even if fall has arrived. While out on the patio enjoying the warm temperature, I noticed several patches of pine resin that were gathering the fallen scales of pine cones in their viscous, gooey puddles. Why, I wondered, are they oozing sap in the fall? Then I remembered that evergreen trees, unlike deciduous trees, retain sap in their evergreen needles (modified leaves) all year. The resin acts like an antifreeze to prevent the needles from being damaged by frost.

  • Evergreen gets a new backyard

    Bergen Meadow Elementary was built in 1969 with a giant, flat gravel patch for a backyard. The 115,000-square-foot gravel patch was a perfect rectangle, already graded, and in a central location in our community. School administrators, park and rec personnel, sports clubs, and parents all recognized the great potential of the field. But for 39 years, Evergreen kids played recess games and sports in the dirt.

  • Marshdale promotes literacy with birthday book giveaway

    At most elementary schools, birthdays are a special day for students. Sometimes the principal acknowledges birthdays with a card or a visit.

    Marshdale Elementary School principal Christie Frost goes a step further — she gives each student a book.

    Frost, a former librarian, says she uses student birthdays as a way to help improve literacy and to alleviate some students' fears of the office.

  • Haebe best in show again

    LITTLETON — It’s rare to see a close finish at a cross-country meet. But at the Dave Sanders Memorial Invitational on Sept. 26, the finish was as close as it gets for the Division II boys.

    Ryan Haebe of Evergreen had to sprint to the finish to hold off Roblet Muhudin of Overland as spectators cheered the last hundred meters. Haebe, who won the Conifer Invitational the Cougar 5k Stride as well this past week, finished with a time 15 minutes, 50 seconds, just three seconds ahead of Muhudin.

  • Cougars blanked

    LAKEWOOD — There are no secrets when Conifer plays Evergreen.

    The teams have to rock and roll in the trenches and perform in front of a packed house with a belly full of nerves.

    That made Conifer receiver Stephen Theiss the ultimate wrinkle Sept. 26.

    The leaping, diving hands of glue had five catches for 104 yards and a touchdown as the Lobos stoned the Cougars 21-0 at Trailblazer Stadium.

  • Gilt complex: On the trail of Colorado's fleeting golden age

    Though rigorously prudent and deliberative in most things, even I am not immune to the powerful “gold fever” that grips Colorado each autumn.

    In the past, I’ve been content to enjoy the high country’s ephemeral fall fashions in the traditional way, through my car’s bug-dappled windshield. This year, however, my artistic nature and native patriotism suggested another course. I would mine the gilded realms on foot, wandering free among the whispering glades and quenching my thirsty soul with deep, aromatic draughts from the aspens’ sparkling cup.

  • Elk kill in Paradise Hills deemed legal

    The bow-and-arrow shooting of an 800-pound trophy elk in Paradise Hills on Lookout Mountain Sept. 20 may have outraged neighbors, but an investigation by the state Division of Wildlife determined the kill was legal.

    “Technically, you can shoot a deer from your backyard,” said John Murphy, district wildlife officer for the DOW.

    Paradise Hills consists of about 180 homes on approximately 1-acre lots. The shooting took place on private property north of the subdivision.

  • 22 units approved for Village at Elk Rest

    The Jeffco commissioners voted 2-1 on Sept. 30 to approve rezoning 7 acres at Swede Gulch and El Rancho roads to allow a mixed-use development consisting of 22 residential units and 5,000 square feet of commercial space in a 36,000-square-foot building.

    The project, east of Wal-Mart in the El Rancho Center, was back in front of the county commissioners after the planning commission concluded Sept. 10 that 12 units, not 22, were justified.

  • Griffin accused of campaign finance violation

    Jefferson County Treasurer Faye Griffin will go before an administrative judge Sept. 30 after being accused of a campaign finance violation in her quest to become the next District 1 county commissioner.

    Nancy C. Johnson, a Lakewood attorney, filed a formal complaint with the Colorado secretary of state's office Sept. 17 alleging that Griffin broke the law by not listing the occupations and employers of 11 donors who gave her campaign $1,550. The donations were listed in a state campaign-finance filing through July 17.