Today's News

  • Wife of state Sen. Kopp dies

    South Jeffco resident Kimberly Kopp, widely known as the wife of Sen. Mike Kopp, died July 30 after a three-year struggle with cancer.

    After initially being diagnosed in 2008 with cervical cancer, doctors declared Kopp cancer-free a year later. Celebration of her recovery was short-lived, however, as she was soon after diagnosed with another type of cancer, small-cell carcinoma of the perimetrium, a rare condition about which most doctors knew little, the senator said in a news release.

  • Rustic rules in overhaul of county Open Space lobby

    A recent remodel of the county Open Space building represents a step into sylvan tranquility and a move away from the land of cubicles.

    The $35,000 aesthetic renovation, which was completed in early July, makes the building’s entrance and lobby more closely resemble a state park visitor center. Reclaimed wood forms rugged benches, and large wildlife photographs are prominently displayed on informational stands.

  • The time has come for leadership

    Last week, I sat down for coffee with a recent college graduate. The young man, whom I’ll call “K,” worked his way through ROTC, took a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army, and now serves in an Army engineer company.
    K is the son of immigrants, a first-generation American. He’s a student of American history, especially the founding era. And he understands as well as anyone I know the principles that animate the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. What’s more, he believes in those principles to the core of his being.

  • 16 county businesses caught selling liquor to minors

    Sixteen Jeffco liquor providers were cited for providing alcohol to a minor in a recent large-scale sting operation, marking a significant increase in the percentage of stores cited over previous years.

    Ten of the stores are in South Jeffco and include a mix of convenience stores, independent establishments and a grocery store.

    As part of the yearly sting operation, underage sheriff’s cadets attempted to purchase beer without providing identification at 70 county businesses.

  • Proposed sale lands Foothills in controversy

    A group of Shadow Ridge neighborhood residents began mounting opposition last week to the proposed sale of Foothills Park & Recreation District land south of the residential development.

    Commercial development of the land will decimate property values and ruin an otherwise scenic view from backyards, some residents contend. In addition, development would destroy a small ecosystem that is home to a prairie dog colony and is frequented by numerous birds of prey, they said.

  • Former county administrator to be subpoenaed in McCasky probe

    The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission voted July 22 to subpoena former county administrator Jim Moore in its investigation of former county commissioner Kevin McCasky, a decision that could bring to light information suppressed by multiple lawsuit settlements.


    It wasn’t that big of a deal to Tom Cencich. The 50-year-old 1978 Evergreen High School graduate has been to a number of international competitions. So last month’s North American Powerlifting Championships in Miami, Fla., wasn’t all that much different than the rest.

    But, in truth, it was.

    The 5-foot-6, 182-pounder entered the competition for one reason -- to shatter a world record. This was his third world championship and he literally had the bench press mark at the tip of his fingers. Or, more realistically, just under his feet.

  • Rush’s dream at nationals falls short

    Haley Stading probably knew that her team had nothing to hold its heads down about. After all, the U-18 Colorado Rush Nike girls soccer team, just hours earlier, had played for a national championship. 

    “It was definitely an amazing ride. We played in one of the hardest regions and so many people didn’t think we could make it out of regionals,” said Stading, a graduate of Evergreen High School. “ ... It’s something will remember forever.”

  • Sports briefs

    Dakota Ridge to host Gold Crown tryouts
    Dakota Ridge High School will be holding Gold Crown tryouts for the upcoming 2011 volleyball season on Aug. 20 from 2-6 p.m. at Dakota Ridge High School. For more information, visit www.eaglesactivities.org or contact  Nikki Kneuer at nikkineuer@comcast.net or  (303) 588-9448.

  • Fire damages home on West Rowland Drive

    A fire heavily damaged a South Jeffco home July 28 in the 11000 block of West Rowland Drive.