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Today's News

  • Leipheimer, state big winners at USA Pro Cycling Challenge

    DENVER — About the only thing that was hotter than cyclist Levi Leipheimer this week, especially on Aug. 28 — the final day of the week-long inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge — was the weather.

    It was another hot one, as temperatures scorched an overflowing crowd of more than 200,000 during Stage 6 from Golden to Lookout Mountain into downtown Denver, with it topping out at a record 96 degrees. But it couldn’t stop Leipheimer.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Risner, Wiggins spoil opener for Front Range Christian
    WIGGINS — Taylor Risner threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns as Wiggins pulled away from Front Range Christian in the second half for a 36-12 season-opening win on Aug. 26.

  • Boys soccer previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Brock Blume
    Assistant coaches: Chris Olson, Dave Palik, Sara Webb, Tyler Zytek
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    Top players: Cameron Mohseni, Sr., midfielder; Tyler Anderson, Sr., goalie; Collin Shampine, Sr., forward; Ryan Lagreca, Sr., forward.
    Season opener: Sept. 1, at Cherry Creek, 4:30 p.m.

  • Cross country preview: Chatfield Chargers

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coaches: Don Daniels, Jeff Mages
    Assistant coach: Sara Smutz
    Classification: 5A
    Top runners: Boys — Justin Shaver, Sr.; Panos Smyrnios, Jr.; Thomas Paryz, Sr.; Girls — Rachael Lenz, Sr.; Jennifer Sutton, Sr.; Mikaela Hakamaa, Fr.
    Season opener: Sept. 2, at Arapahoe Invitational 

  • League of Women Voters celebrates anniversary of women’s suffrage

    Women celebrated 91 years of voting on Aug. 26, which marks the 91st anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting the right to vote to all American women.

  • Cut trillions, not voting rights

    The enormity of the federal government’s liabilities is the biggest challenge we face. As of the moment I write this, national debt stands at about $14.652 trillion (add a few billion by the time you read this). Yet debt is only a part of the equation: Boston University economist Lawrence Kotlikoff estimates that the “real liability” of the federal government is actually in excess of $70 trillion.
    No wonder markets weren’t jumping for joy when Congress and the president agreed to a deal that nets only $900 billion in cuts over the next 10 years.

  • Deer Creek Challenge is a grueling ride for participants

    The Deer Creek Challenge doesn’t cut cyclists any slack. In the midst of the second annual “Toughest Century in United States,” participants climbed 12,751-feet in elevation. Even the final stretch to the finish line is uphill.

    “To put on something that is the most on anything, is unusual,” Pat Downing, the ride founder and director, said. “To be able to do this in our own backyard, and have it be the hardest in the country, is great.”

  • County set to purchase property for public health campus

    The Jeffco commissioners were poised Aug. 23 to approve the $2.3 million purchase of a Lakewood property onto which two of the county’s public health campuses would be relocated.

    The building, at 645 and 655 Parfet St., would also require more than $2 million in remodeling, a cost the commissioners were also slated to approve. Including a 30 percent contingency fee, the total cost of the move would total more than $5 million.

  • County commissioners balk at closing library branches

    The Jefferson County Public Library presented its exhaustive zero-base budget last week to the county commissioners, making a case for funding that would help prevent branch closures but could deplete the system’s reserves in several years.

  • Gymnastics preview: Columbine, Chatfield