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Today's News

  • Thousands find geocaching event in South Jeffco

    By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    Unlike some geocaches, GeoWoodstock was easy to find.

    The annual event was held at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms on Sunday and brought thousands of people from across the country and globe to visit vendors, attend workshops and find some hidden treasures. 

  • Hikers raising money, awareness for veterans’ causes

    Operation: New Trails.

    It sounds like a military operation, and, in some small and unofficial way, it is. More than 60 hikers from across the nation — including one from Canada — are taking to the Colorado Trail this week to raise money and awareness for wounded veterans.

  • Young actors take on 'The Magical Land of Oz'

    Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Tin Woman are walking through the forest when they suddenly come upon the Cowardly Lion. With a great roar, he frightens them out of their wits.

    Suddenly, overhead, an alarm sounds, and an automated voice tells everyone to leave the building or call the school district.

    “See,” Dorothy tells the Cowardly Lion, “you’re so scary, you set off the security alarm!”

  • Pedals power the commute

    Leave for work at 6 a.m. Turn onto the road. Drop down into a lower gear to get up the hill. Push the pedal down. Now the other one. Breathe in. Breathe out.

    The first mile takes more than five minutes. The 19 more to the office will be much the same.

    Thousands of Coloradans had this experience on their way to work June 22. But rather than sitting in traffic jams, they were biking to their jobs.

  • Tie vote derails proposed BMX track at Schaefer

    A tie vote by the board of the Foothills Park & Recreation District has at least temporarily derailed a plan to add a BMX bicycle track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex.

    The 2-2 vote with one abstention means a licensing agreement with Mile High BMX, a Lakewood nonprofit that wants to build the track, will expire at the end of the year without further action. Despite changes in the agreement made to address neighbors' concerns that include adequate parking and noise and light pollution, the motion to renew the pact failed.

  • 50,000 expected at annual Red, White & You event

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District will host the annual Red, White & You event July 1 at Clement Park, with an expected attendance of 50,000 throughout the park.

    Regina Smith, Foothills' arts and events supervisor, said this year's event will have more amenities, more vendors and booths, and likely more attendees. She says the district expects 20,000 people will be in the immediate event area.

  • Man stabbed at Clement Park

    A man was stabbed late Tuesday during an altercation at Clement Park, and the person who wielded the weapon remains at large.

    Jeffco sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said the victim, whose injuries were not life threatening, was taken by private car to Swedish Medical Center Southwest, then later transferred to Swedish Hospital in Englewood for surgery.

    Techmeyer said the incident occurred about 10 p.m. He gave this description of the altercation:

  • Prisoner at Jeffco jail dies; autopsy inconclusive

    A prisoner in the Jeffco jail died early Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office confirmed.

    According to sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer, 53-year-old Patrick O'Day, who had been booked into the jail at 5:45 p.m. Monday, was found unresponsive at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in a holding cell in the booking unit. He was pronounced dead at the jail.

  • Summer swim league comes full circle

    Summer swimming league is a lot like the Eagles song “Hotel California” ­— once you check in, you can never leave. For those who are skeptical, one only needed attend the 27th annual Ken Caryl Invitational swim meet, which took place June 24-25 at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House pool. 

  • Column: Return lets me know what I’ve been missing

    Hi again. I’m back.

    Nine months ago, I didn’t envision a return to Evergreen Newspapers and Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc. Working in Boulder had given me a more regular work schedule, not as far of a drive from my Arvada home and a sense of being back in the operations of a daily newspaper. It also, however, reminded me of what I was missing.