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Today's News

  • 'Riddle King' to entertain kids at Columbine Library on Thursday

    It’s no joke. Mike Thaler, America’s riddle king, will pay a visit to the Conifer and Columbine libraries for a quick lesson in funny to promote his new book series and share his own story.

    Thaler will visit both the Conifer and Columbine branches of the Jefferson County Public Library on July 29. During his visit, he will teach kids how to make up riddles; read from his book “The Teacher From the Black Lagoon;” give autographs; and answer questions.

  • Judge gives prosecutors access to Eastwood jail records

    The defense team for Deer Creek Middle School shooting suspect Bruco Eastwood lost a round July 23, when a judge overturned a prior ruling that prevented prosecutors from accessing the defendant’s jail records.

    District Judge Christopher Munch also denied a defense attorney’s request to close the motions hearing to the public.

  • Stark-led Rush brings home Gothia Cup championship

    GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN — Brittney Stark scored a hat trick and the Colorado Rush’s U-14 girls soccer program completed a perfect run through the Gothia Cup with a 3-2 championship game victory over Boo IF in the GU 15 age group.

  • The political season is upon us

    From county commissioner to Colorado governor, Jeffco voters face very crowded ballots this year, and as the primary election approaches on Aug. 10, our opinion pages will no doubt become more crowded as well.

    Before the usual avalanche of political letters to the editor — and the subsequent phone calls asking why some letters haven’t appeared — I’d like to review our policy.

    • All letters must be accompanied by a verifiable name, along with information that allows us to contact the author.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Fire burning along Hogback south of Morrison

    Firefighters were at the scene of a blaze on open land south of Morrison on Monday afternoon.

    The fire, near C-470 and U.S. 285, was being pushed north along the Hogback by strong winds.

    The on-ramp from Morrison Road to eastbound C-470 was closed.

     

  • Good teachers change lives

    Did you ever have a really great teacher? Someone who changed your life?

    I’ve been lucky to have more than one. In elementary school, I wasn’t the easiest kid — you could say I was pretty tough. These days I’d surely be diagnosed with ADD (actually, to say I had an attention deficit is a huge understatement). But Mrs. Arnold and Mrs. Ballangee stuck with me. It would have been easy to ignore this rowdy kid, but they put in extra hours, helping me learn what I couldn’t have learned on my own. I’m grateful they did.

  • Kauffman touts experience in treasurer race

      Republican Tim Kauffman was working as a commercial banker when he was called in 2008 and asked to replace newly elected Commissioner Faye Griffin as Jeffco treasurer. And though he was not new to politics, it took a bit of coaxing before he agreed to fill the office.

    “My phone rang after the election in 2008. … They kept calling, and I realized this might be a really good fit,” said Kauffman, 42, a Westminster resident who served on the city council for seven years, four of which he was mayor pro tem.

  • Johnson speeds to another Mile-High victory
  • Zeman named publisher of Evergreen Newspapers

     

    Tim Zeman, a Denver native, has been named publisher of Evergreen Newspapers, which includes the Columbine Courier.

    Zeman, 46, is returning to Colorado after spending 17 years in Florida with Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Stuart, where he held numerous advertising sales and sales management positions. He earned an advertising and public relations degree from the University of Arkansas after leaving Colorado in 1989.

  • Foothills will spend $3 million on energy-efficiency measures

      The Foothills Park & Recreation District is directing nearly $3 million to energy-efficiency upgrades at its facilities, as the district board voted July 13 to fund a contract with the McKinstry firm, which is guaranteeing Foothills will save on energy bills.

    The board of directors also authorized the purchase of two new Zamboni ice-resurfacing vehicles to replace the 20-year-old units at The Edge Ice Arena.