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Today's News

  • REGAINED PASSION

     

    Wes Hart had it all. At least, that’s how it seemed.

  • Trio of motocross riders making a name for themselves

     

    What does it take for a girl to compete in a male-dominated sport such as motocross? How about strength, determination and courage?

  • Celestial seasoning: Students explore final frontier at summer camp

      Thriftiness and space exploration may not seem like words that rest well in the same sentence, but a visit to education entrepreneur Mark Palmere’s summer camp might cause one to reconsider that notion.

    At Space Voyage Academy, which is not affiliated with NASA, students ages 5 to 16 combat summer brain degradation with flight simulations on antiquated computers and exploration in inflatable space vehicles crafted of sheet plastic and duct tape.

  • Rebels’ bats lead to win, but not sweep

     

    LAKEWOOD — The Columbine Rebels sure can swing the bats. Now they just need to get their pitching in order and they’ll be virtually unstoppable.

  • Jeffco government critic back on the radio

     

    Jefferson County gadfly Mike Zinna, once a fixture at public hearings in the Taj Mahal, has returned to the radio waves after a four-year hiatus from the business.

    “The Zinna Experiment,” a two-hour weekday show, debuted last week on talk-radio station 101.5 FM The Truth.

    The program, broadcast from 7 to 9 p.m., fuses casual political colloquy with shock-jock radio elements. Future shows will include investigative reporting as well as detailed interviews with local journalists, Zinna said.

  • Hicks: Rickli makes good on promise

     

    Did you hear that?

    That was the joyous sound of celebration coming from Savannah Rickli off the top of Pikes Peak on the morning of June 27. The 16-year-old rising senior at Dakota Ridge High School did something that nobody younger than her has ever done.

  • Foothills exterminates prairie dogs at Clement Park

      An extermination company hired by the Foothills Park & Recreation District poisoned hundreds of prairie dogs on June 16 at Clement Park in what the district’s director said is a yearly occurrence.

    Workers placed toxic fumigation pellets into many of the dens in the native-grass area south of the Columbine Memorial, stuffing the burrows with newspaper and covering them with dirt.

  • Lengthy closures planned for Waterton Canyon

      Waterton Canyon will soon be intermittently closed for more than a year as Denver Water workers dredge 625,000 cubic yards of sediment that has accumulated in the wake of forest fires and heavy rain.

    The popular trail and canal, well known as an entrance to the Colorado Trail, will be closed beginning Aug. 2, will open again Dec. 4, then will close again from Feb. 28, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2011. The temporary reopening in the coming winter is possible because freezing temperatures would make dredging nearly impossible.

  • Sen. Kopp making big plans for smaller state government

     

    Anticipating his re-election in November, state Sen. Mike Kopp has some big plans for his next term in the legislature. But with the possibility of the Democratic majority holding its edge, Kopp’s blueprint for shrinking Colorado’s government could face a challenge.

    Kopp, a Republican who is up for re-election this year in South Jeffco’s District 22, was running unopposed until a few weeks ago, when Conifer Democrat Mike Daniels threw his hat into the ring at virtually the last minute.

  • Rec district poisons hundreds of prairie dogs at Clement Park

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District hired an extermination company to kill hundreds of prairie dogs Wednesday at Clement Park. Workers placed toxic fumigation pellets into virtually every den in the native-grass area south of the Columbine Memorial, stuffing the burrows with newspaper and covering them with dirt.

    Complaints from the bordering neighborhood prompted the move, said Foothills spokeswoman Kate Dragoo.

    “We had neighborhood complaints, because (prairie dogs) had been intruding onto neighborhood property,” Dragoo said.