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Today's News

  • Life’s most important lesson

    Several weeks ago, I wrote a column about the ways in which a great teacher can change lives. Since then, I’ve seen countless instances of just how true it is. Most recently, I received an e-mail from a friend, a lifetime classroom teacher in the Denver Public Schools, who signed his note simply, “Teacher-Servant”.
    What a title: Teacher-Servant. How countercultural. How bracing. How refreshing!

  • Accident on C-470 claims second victim

    A driver critically injured in Monday’s rollover crash on C-470 north of the Alameda interchange has died, following the death of her 8-year-old daughter at the accident scene.

    Denver resident Lynn Brower, 40, was taken to St. Anthony Hospital and was pronounced dead hours after the crash at 7:45 p.m., the coroner’s office said. Brower and her daughter, Mariah, were heading south on C-470 when their Ford Explorer collided with another car. The SUV consequently tumbled down the hillside next to the highway.

  • County eases fire restrictions

     

     

  • Event highlights Lariat Loop’s artistic inspirations

    For as long as there have been cars trusty enough to chug up the mountains, artists have ventured around the Lariat Loop hoping to capture that elusive sunset reflecting in Bear Creek or the first aspen turning to gold near Buffalo Bill’s grave.

    The Lariat Loop is a 40-mile scenic circle developed in the 1920s to help Coloradans experience the mountains in proximity to Denver. To celebrate the anniversary of the Loop’s designation as a National Scenic Byway, on Oct. 17 the Loop’s Heritage Alliance will host the Lariat Loop Art Bistro.

  • Dakota Ridge has a MOD Squad

    A small group of Dakota Ridge High School upperclassmen are working together under the title of “Men of Dakota,” modeled after a similar program at the University of North Carolina and James Owen’s “Cowboy Ethics.” The eight students represent a variety of school clubs, activities, athletics and personalities who joined together this year with four staff members to create the MOD Squad (Men of Dakota Squad).
     
    The students
    Keith Wall
    William Boogert
    Daniel Levy
    Mason Cechini

  • Kerr takes circuitous route to political world

    State Rep. Jim Kerr calls his path to politics a chance event, one he did not foresee during his lengthy career in the automotive service industry. The House District 28 incumbent is up for re-election this year, and he says he holds an edge over Democratic challenger Steve Harvey, citing his voting history as a “common sense” legislator.

    Kerr, 66, who was initially appointed by a vacancy committee to replace outgoing Rep. Don Lee in 2005, said he developed a taste for local politics after attending a caucus.

  • Desire to serve spurs Harvey into HD 28 race

    South Jeffco Democratic candidate Steve Harvey is very much aware of the slim odds of his unseating state House District 28 incumbent Jim Kerr.

    But Harvey, a globally traveled intellectual who earned a law degree at age 50, has used his campaign to make a mark on the local community, regardless, he says, of the 2010 election’s outcome.

  • County assessor running unopposed in November

    Jefferson County Assessor Jim Everson anticipated a tsunami of protests in 2009, suspecting that higher-than-expected property-tax valuations would befuddle homeowners.

    But the wave never came.

    His office prepared well ahead of time for the protests, he said. It sent notices to property owners, hoping that would brace them for potentially disappointing valuations, which were based on home-sales figures from June 2008, when houses fetched more of a premium.

  • Kearns runs as write-in in 6th district

    Michael Shawn Kearns, 52, a retired military intelligence officer with no previous experience in elected office, has launched a low-key campaign as an unaffiliated, write-in candidate in the 6th Congressional District, which includes Evergreen.

    Other candidates in the running are incumbent Republican Mike Coffman, Libertarian Rob McNealy of Aurora and Democrat John Flerlage of Littleton.

  • Challenger Radeff cites negotiation skills, business acumen

    House District 22 challenger Democrat Chris Radeff has been practicing law for 16 years, experience that she says makes her an ideal candidate for the state legislature.

    As a family-law attorney, the Lakewood resident has guided hundreds of families through divorce, with most ending in amicable settlements, she said. And though she openly plugs her negotiation skills, she also cites years of running a successful small business as indicative of economic aptitude.