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Today's News

  • Runners give all at state

    FORT COLLINS — Austin Appel clutched his knees, gasped in the sun and spit the remnants of the stuff in his mouth that had recently crept up the old food pipe.

    So with that vivid of a picture, it’s no surprise the Dakota Ridge junior didn’t mince words when asked to describe his 14th-place finish Nov. 7 at the Class 5A state cross-country championships at Fossil Ridge High School.

    “It was one of my worst races of the season,” Appel said. “I don’t know … I’ve been sick for a while, but I felt even worse today.”

  • Existing law must handle car-bicycle conflicts

    Several weeks after the Jeffco commissioners formally decided they would not seek legislation giving them the power to restrict bicycling on county roads, Commissioner Kathy Hartman says the cycling-versus-motorist issue comes down to one simple thing.

    Both sides need to follow the existing law.

    "We tell everybody to obey the law, and tell everybody that we are going to continue to enforce the law," Hartman said.

  • Two incumbents defeated in school board races

    Paula Noonan defeated incumbent Richard Rush for South Jeffco's District 5 school board seat in Tuesday's election.

    Noonan, a Democratic activist who operates two legislative-related websites, won the race by 52.4 percent to 47.6 percent .

    In District 2, Evergreen resident Sue Marinelli lost her seat on the board to challenger Laura Boggs, a business consultant. Boggs captured 51.4 percent of the vote to 48.6 percent for Marinelli, a former teacher and the current board president.

  • Meeting on short-term vacation rentals now set for Nov. 18

    The Jeffco planning commission meeting concerning short-term vacation rentals was canceled and postponed until Nov. 18 because of the scnowstorm. The board was scheduled to meet Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 3:15 p.m.

    Visit www.jeffco.us/planning for information on the Nov. 18 meeting. The purpose of Wednesday's meeting was decide on a final recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners. The public testimony portion of the hearing has been closed. The matter then goes to the commissioners in about three weeks after the planning commission makes a recommendation.

  • Jeffco voters reject bid for term-limit extensions

    Jeffco voters soundly rejected the idea of letting elected officials run for three consecutive terms.

    Allowing every elected official in Jeffco besides the county commissioners to run for three consecutive terms instead of the current two was broken into two questions on the Nov. 3 ballot. The district attorney's position was listed by itself, and voters rejected that proposal by nearly 20 percentage points, with 58 percent of voters saying no and 41 percent approving.

  • RTD, county still at odds on light-rail issue

    RTD and Jefferson County are still trying to resolve a sticking point in the agreement concerning the light-rail line being built to serve the Taj Mahal.

    Construction work has become very visible along West Sixth Avenue during the past several months on the west corridor light-rail line — which will run between downtown Denver and the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building. But one issue remains on the table: What would happen to the station and the parking garage if light-rail service were to end for some reason.

  • Term limits have their own limits

    The bloom of term limits in Colorado seems to be off the rose.

  • Dakota dropped by Heritage

    LITTLETON — Sometimes, you just have to tip your cap to your opponent and say ‘job well done.’

    Dakota Ridge was trounced by Heritage 56-24 in its final game of the 2009 season on Nov. 7 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort.

    Dakota Ridge tried everything it could to slow down Heritage wide receiver, Shane Opitz, but the 6-foot-2, 181-pounder was just too big and too fast.

  • Area survives what is now just a melting memory

    Schools and law enforcement agencies were generally pleased with their response to the massive snowstorm that hit Jefferson County last week.

    The season’s first major snowstorm is but a melting memory now, but the onslaught shut down schools for two days and forced many South Jeffco residents to miss work.

    Other than the inconvenience, though, the area fared pretty well.

  • What next for the world's nukes?

    Hannah Hayes

    When Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who directed the Manhattan Project, witnessed the first atomic explosion, he quoted a line from the Bhagavad-Gita, “I am become Death, the shatterer of worlds.” The military smiled, and the rest of us started worrying.