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  • 'Riddle King' to entertain kids at Columbine Library on Thursday

    It’s no joke. Mike Thaler, America’s riddle king, will pay a visit to the Conifer and Columbine libraries for a quick lesson in funny to promote his new book series and share his own story.

    Thaler will visit both the Conifer and Columbine branches of the Jefferson County Public Library on July 29. During his visit, he will teach kids how to make up riddles; read from his book “The Teacher From the Black Lagoon;” give autographs; and answer questions.

  • Judge gives prosecutors access to Eastwood jail records

    The defense team for Deer Creek Middle School shooting suspect Bruco Eastwood lost a round July 23, when a judge overturned a prior ruling that prevented prosecutors from accessing the defendant’s jail records.

    District Judge Christopher Munch also denied a defense attorney’s request to close the motions hearing to the public.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Fire burning along Hogback south of Morrison

    Firefighters were at the scene of a blaze on open land south of Morrison on Monday afternoon.

    The fire, near C-470 and U.S. 285, was being pushed north along the Hogback by strong winds.

    The on-ramp from Morrison Road to eastbound C-470 was closed.


  • Kauffman touts experience in treasurer race

      Republican Tim Kauffman was working as a commercial banker when he was called in 2008 and asked to replace newly elected Commissioner Faye Griffin as Jeffco treasurer. And though he was not new to politics, it took a bit of coaxing before he agreed to fill the office.

    “My phone rang after the election in 2008. … They kept calling, and I realized this might be a really good fit,” said Kauffman, 42, a Westminster resident who served on the city council for seven years, four of which he was mayor pro tem.

  • Zeman named publisher of Evergreen Newspapers


    Tim Zeman, a Denver native, has been named publisher of Evergreen Newspapers, which includes the Columbine Courier.

    Zeman, 46, is returning to Colorado after spending 17 years in Florida with Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Stuart, where he held numerous advertising sales and sales management positions. He earned an advertising and public relations degree from the University of Arkansas after leaving Colorado in 1989.

  • Foothills will spend $3 million on energy-efficiency measures

      The Foothills Park & Recreation District is directing nearly $3 million to energy-efficiency upgrades at its facilities, as the district board voted July 13 to fund a contract with the McKinstry firm, which is guaranteeing Foothills will save on energy bills.

    The board of directors also authorized the purchase of two new Zamboni ice-resurfacing vehicles to replace the 20-year-old units at The Edge Ice Arena.

  • Democrat Schulz challenging incumbent treasurer

      Jeffco treasurer candidate Larry Schulz boasts 44 years of public service — all of which he attributes to childhood allergies. Schulz, incumbent treasurer for the city of Wheat Ridge, was headed for a life in agriculture until fits of sneezing prodded him toward higher education and a career away from his family’s farm.

    “I grew up on a dairy farm in southeastern Minnesota,” said Schulz, 66. “I learned about hard work there, and about honesty.”

  • Jeffco resurrects assistant county manager position

    Jefferson County recently resurrected a high-level position vacant since 2008, promoting former special projects coordinator Kate Newman to assistant county administrator.

    Newman, whom County Administrator Ralph Schell promoted and had previously appointed as the county’s interim development and transportation director, will have few changes to her normal duties. She will be performing the same aspects of her coordinator position, though she now handles more administrative tasks.

  • High temps heat up energy demand

      Temperatures soared last week in the metro area, with local highs surpassing 100 degrees on July 17, leading residents to crank up their air conditioners or seek refuge in swimming pools.

    With the steady wave of heat, which was expected to hover in the 90s all week, energy use typically rises right along with the mercury. And though demands will be higher on the power grid, Xcel Energy is prepared to handle it, spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo said.

  • Board votes to shrink Chatfield dog park

      The Chatfield dog park will soon be fenced and reduced in size by a third, the Colorado State Parks board decided in a unanimous vote July 15 after a contentious public hearing.

    The changes are necessary, park staff explained, to comply with a mandate from the Army Corps of Engineers and to reduce conflicts among users.