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Columns

  • On the Move: Just get started

    Sometimes the hardest thing to do is actually making the decision to start something and then taking action. This winter, I’ve had many opportunities to push myself to make the decision and secondly take action.

    I’m a trail runner, and I run in all seasons. This winter has been more challenging than most. I have a stress fracture in my left knee and haven’t been able to run or hike since Nov. 16. Thankfully, I can mountain/fat bike, but winter riding takes a bit more pushing for me than running.

  • Seize the Prey: Looking for the raptor in nature’s hiding places

    Quietly biding their time behind nature’s curtain of leaves, needles and darkness perch the fierce birds of prey. These raptors were named for the Latin word, “rapere,” meaning “to seize.”

    Raptors incorporate exceptional weapons of hooked beaks, strong talons and extraordinary hearing to catch prey. There are almost 450 species of raptors, including falcons, osprey, hawks, eagles, vultures and owls.

  • Rohrer: Why does it seem that we hate each other?

    In his book “Bowling Alone,” Robert D. Putnam points out that there are just as many bowlers in the U.S. as ever, but bowling leagues are seen much less than in the past.

    So are bridge clubs, Kiwanis, Rotaries, Jaycees, labor union membership, church attendance, youth sports participation, family vacations and dinner with friends. All these symbols of community activity are dwindling.

  • Hicks: Let the kids play

    WANT TO PLAY?
    For more information on youth soccer in the community, contact the following:
    • Foothills Soccer Club: Peter Jeans, peterjeans89@gmail.com; Scott Rose, scottdrose@msn.com
    • Mountain Rush: Garry Guyan, 303-986-5200; gguyan@coloradorush.com
    • Denver Kickers / EPRD: Ross Fowler, 720-877-1273; rossi@synergysports.us; Jeff Sweet, 720-880-1221

    So, you want to play soccer in Evergreen, do you? Heed this advice: Make the right choice for you.

  • Romberg: Who the government really let down

    “Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.” -- Henry Clay.

    I am the proud possessor of a master of public administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. I spent the first 12 years of my career as a public employee: first with the state of Colorado and later with the city and county of Denver.

  • Rohrer: ‘And that’s the way it is’

    Our editor has asked all of us who contribute to the Canyon Courier to tone down the divisive rhetoric. Readers can get that negative stuff many other places, and it’s not what they want from us.

    If you think about today’s news, it’s a confluence of entertainment and news, which is positioned to get our attention in an environment in which there is too little really important news to fill the 24-hour broadcast cycle.

  • Rockwell: Finding common ground

    In my last column, I issued a call for our local officials to work against the polarization we are witnessing at the national level, to maintain civility in our public life and to cooperate on solving problems. That’s asking a lot. We should ask no less of ourselves.  
    Imagine you are a state legislator, and all the calls and letters you receive on an issue can easily be put in two stacks — vote for this bill, vote against this bill. Many of us encourage partisanship by being unwilling to compromise ourselves.  

  • Webb: Standing up for small businesses, education

    Republicans took a pretty hard beating in last November’s election, especially in Jefferson County. However, we actually did elect a new Republican officeholder last November.

    Rep. Colin Larson is one of Jefferson County’s new representatives in the Colorado General Assembly. He represents House District 22, which is in South Jeffco and the Ken Caryl area. He grew up in South Jeffco and graduated from Colorado College.

  • Glass: EnrollJeffco offers parents, students broader options

    One important concept in a business transaction is “friction.” Basically, this is anything that slows down someone from making a purchase — and the more friction in a purchase, the less likely someone will actually follow through on it.

    Enrolling a student in school has been a decidedly friction-filled experience. This is especially true for families who wish to enroll their student in a school other than their assigned neighborhood public school.

  • Romberg: Polis pitches campaign promises in budget

    Gov. Jared Polis had a busy first week. After being sworn into office and giving a general inaugural address, he had just two days before presenting his first State of the State address to a joint session of the Colorado General Assembly.

    As you would expect, the speech included many of the things that Polis emphasized during his campaign, but the priorities were further honed and, in some cases, included more details about how he intends to pursue his agenda.