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Today's News

  • U-12 Psyclones push forward to USSSA World Series

     

    Bob Snodgress realized it. He knew that his team needed a much-deserved break, so he granted them one.

  • E. coli closes Chatfield beach for one day

     

    High levels of E. coli bacteria closed the swim beach at Chatfield State Park on July 11, though the water quality has since been cleared.

    The beach closed at about 9 a.m., reopening at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 12.

    “They showed that the bacterial levels were well below the allowable levels,” said state parks spokeswoman Deb Frazier. “The swim beach is tested regularly.”

  • Spending our way to disaster

    Wake up, America: Even France gets it

    Leaders of the world’s 20 industrial economies recently met in Toronto to discuss global economic problems, including the worrisome developments in European sovereign debt. The meetings resulted in a group statement announcing a concerted effort to reduce government spending.

    “Advanced economies have committed to fiscal plans that will at least halve deficits by 2013 and stabilize or reduce government debt-to-GDP ratios by 2016,” G-20 leaders announced last week.

  • ‘If you can’t budget, you can’t govern’

    One of Congress’ fundamental responsibilities under the Constitution is budgeting. With large majorities in both houses of Congress, the only hurdle Democrat leaders have in developing and garnering support for the annual budget resolution is themselves.

    Yet, this past week House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer officially announced during a speech that Congress will make no attempt to develop and pass a budget this year.

  • Benke to receive national honor

    Deer Creek Middle School teacher David Benke will be honored on a national stage during a school safety conference July 26 to 30 in Orlando, Fla.

    Benke, who has received countless accolades for quickly subduing a gunman Feb. 23 outside the school, is among a handful of special guests including school staff, police and school resource officers from around the country. About 400 people are expected to attend the week-long National School Safety Conference, which is being held in a hotel near Disney’s Epcot Center.

  • Rec district defends prairie dog poisoning

      The Foothills Park & Recreation District board last week defended the district’s practice of poisoning prairie dogs, though board members said they welcome public input, including possible alternatives to the current policy.

    The board held a discussion about its prairie dog management plan in response to community concerns about the recent poisoning of 539 prairie dog burrows at Clement Park. Though the board opted against considering any changes, park staff members may revisit signage and public notification practices.

  • Sports briefs

    Ken-Caryl Tigers U-8 squad

    rolls to tournament victory

    The Ken-Caryl Tigers, a U-8 select team, won the KCLL Minor League Invitational tournament, held June 23-24.

  • Summerset festival seeks exhibitors

    This year’s Summerset Festival, scheduled for Sept. 18-19 at Clement Park, is looking for exhibitors to celebrate the end of summer.

    The arts and crafts area welcomes those who are interested in marketing their own original creations. Business and nonprofit booth exhibitors can showcase their new or local business and network with other local business owners.

    Nonprofit agencies use their booths to educate and fund-raise. Dog and pet-related exhibitors are invited to participate in the annual Fun Day for the Dogs, a mini-event held during Summerset.

  • Woman held in Chicago in local scam

      A woman suspected of bilking money from 28 victims was recently arrested in Chicago on a Jefferson County warrant. Andrea Harris-Frazier, who is in the Cook County jail pending extradition to Colorado, was indicted in February by a Jeffco grand jury on 43 counts of theft of more than $15,000.

    The case sparked national media attention years earlier, when the county wrongfully pegged a victim in the case as a suspect.

  • Liquor store worker again guilty of selling to minor

    A Lakewood liquor store worker who repeatedly sold alcohol to teenage customers pleaded guilty June 29 to charges stemming from a recent police sting operation.

    Van Pham, 47, was earlier indicted on 10 counts by a grand jury in the 2007 sale of alcohol to teens, one of whom was involved in a fatal collision in the Green Mountain area. Pham was on probation and prohibited from working in a liquor store when he sold a beer on April 14 at Alameda Square Liquors to an underage man working for the Lakewood Police Department.