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Today's News

  • South Jeffco musician on the charts with ‘piano impressionism’

      Call South Jeffco pianist Lisa Downing an impressionist. Call her a neoclassical artist, or even a closet metalhead. But avoid the term “new age” at all costs.

    “It’s kind of an unfortunate religious label that isn’t appropriate for the music,” said Downing, whose most recent album, “A Delicate Balance,” has fared remarkably well — on new age charts. “I think we all wish there was another thing to call it. … I personally tend to call it ‘piano impressionism.’ ”

  • Incumbent Coffman says voters have clear choice in 6th CD

      Republican Congressman Mike Coffman, up for re-election to a potential second term in November, paints himself as a distinct partisan politician, one unmistakably different from Democratic challenger John Flerlage in Colorado’s 6th District.

    “This race is not about two Marines campaigning against each other but one where a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat happen to be running for the same office,” Coffman said in an e-mail to the Courier. “We are polar opposites, and the

  • South Jeffco’s Flerlage touts his fiscal approach

      South Jeffco Democrat John Flerlage began his lengthy campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in early 2009, only months after the newly elected congressman had taken office. With the general election now just four months away, Flerlage is confident he can sway voters in the historically Republican 6th District — despite having raised a fraction of the funds that Coffman has.

    The key to Flerlage’s approach, not surprisingly, is campaigning on ideas rather than divisive platforms, at least on fiscal issues.

  • Videographer dies at motocross event

      A 57-year-old Lakewood videographer died in an accidental fall June 25 while he was setting up a camera at Thunder Valley Park, a motocross track.

    Stuart Keene fell about 20 feet from a lift, said a spokeswoman for the West Metro Fire Protection District said. The department responded to a call at 3:15 p.m., and Keene was taken to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, where we was pronounced dead.

    Keene was preparing to film the Thunder Valley Nationals motocross event.

    — Emile Hallez Williams 

  • County plans to buy closed school for Head Start center

      Jefferson County is poised to buy the recently closed Russell Elementary School in Arvada from Jeffco Public Schools, and the county would use the building to house its Head Start operations.

    The Board of Commissioners was scheduled Tuesday to approve sending a letter of intent to the school district. The county would spend an estimated $2 million in the acquisition, though the human services department expects to save $82,000 in yearly operating costs following the move.

  • Waterton closure elicits concerns

     

    Denver Water engineers last week assured state Rep. Jim Kerr that impending closures of Waterton Canyon are necessary and won’t be unreasonably long.

    Project staff gave Kerr, state Rep. Cheri Gerou and Bicycle Colorado members a detailed presentation on the planned dredging of 625,000 cubic yards of sediment from Strontia Springs Reservoir. Engineers provided a tour of the dam, which is at the top of the canyon’s 7-mile trail; that trail will be closed intermittently for more than a year starting Aug. 2.

  • Democrat Hartman hopes to harness GOP support

    Jeffco Commissioner Kathy Hartman was the first Democrat elected to the board in 14 years when she won the seat in 2006. And if re-elected this year, she would trump historical odds be becoming the first in 50 years to win two consecutive terms.

    But even in a Republican stronghold, it may not be entirely surprising that some conservative voters supported her. Hartman is a former Republican — she crossed the aisle in 2004 and took a number of Republican ideals with her.

  • South Jeffco's Rosier takes on Hartman in commission race

      South Jeffco resident Don Rosier doesn’t have a political background, but the Republican says his experience as a government outsider makes him uniquely qualified to run for the District 3 seat on the Board of Commissioners.

    Rosier, a Jeffco Public Schools graduate, has worked for two decades as a civil engineer, dealing with development, water use and budgeting. Rosier is challenging incumbent Democrat Kathy Hartman in the November election.

  • County administrator’s firing linked to land purchase

      Former Jeffco county administrator Jim Moore was fired for refusing to cooperate with county officials in executing a land purchase linked to a legal settlement hidden from the public, documents obtained by the Columbine Courier show.

    Moore defied instructions to place the $1.4 million purchase of 19 acres near Dinosaur Ridge on a consent agenda last December, and he was fired shortly thereafter in a unanimous vote by the Board of Commissioners.

  • Conifer’s Mike Daniels challenging incumbent Kopp for state Senate

      Conifer Democrat Mike Daniels slid in just under the wire, getting his name on the ballot in state Senate District 22 on June 3, at virtually the last possible minute.

    Daniels, a former Reagan Republican whose eclectic résumé ranges from Air Force service to publishing and standup comedy, was nominated by a vacancy committee. Though he had not planned to run, he offers an alternative to incumbent Republican Mike Kopp, who was previously thought to be running unopposed.