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Today's News

  • ‘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.

  • Wilkerson sisters find need for speed at Bandimere

    MORRISON — Some families go to the mountains on vacation. Some others go to the lake. The Wilkerson family goes racing at the drag strip.

  • Jeffco contemplates 2011 lobbying plans

      The 2010 legislative session remains a fresh memory for many elected officials, but Jefferson County is already looking forward to the next round of lobbying. The county commissioners met June 28 and outlined the county’s legislative focus for the 2011 session.

    Among proposals of interest to Jeffco are moves to increase medical marijuana authority, streamline home-rule charter processes and the option to conduct all elections via mail-in ballot.

  • Eagles pitching leads team into finals before loss

     

    The Dakota Ridge baseball team used solid pitching to make a nice run in the Willie White Tournament last week.