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Today's News

  • County bans medical marijuana dispensaries

    Jeffco officials on Tuesday morning approved an outright ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, voting unanimously to keep the businesses out of unincorporated areas of the county.

    The move came weeks after the passage of state legislation that granted autonomy to local governments in either regulating medical marijuana businesses or prohibiting them altogether.

  • Chatfield dog park slated for size reduction

      The Chatfield dog park will soon be fenced and reduced in size by a third, the Colorado State Parks board voted unanimously July 15 after a contentious public hearing.

    The changes are necessary, park staff explained, for two reasons:

    First, the Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the land and leases it to the state parks service, wants to keep dog park users out of the Platte River’s spillway channel, said Ken Brink, assistant director for field operations. The best solution, he said, is to simply build a fence.

  • Wennberg resigns as Columbine boys basketball coach

    Jeff Wennberg, who led Columbine to a 27-47 record in three seasons, has resigned as head coach of the boys basketball team, according to a report by The Denver Post.

  • U-12 Psyclones push forward to USSSA World Series

     

    Bob Snodgress realized it. He knew that his team needed a much-deserved break, so he granted them one.

  • E. coli closes Chatfield beach for one day

     

    High levels of E. coli bacteria closed the swim beach at Chatfield State Park on July 11, though the water quality has since been cleared.

    The beach closed at about 9 a.m., reopening at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 12.

    “They showed that the bacterial levels were well below the allowable levels,” said state parks spokeswoman Deb Frazier. “The swim beach is tested regularly.”

  • Spending our way to disaster

    Wake up, America: Even France gets it

    Leaders of the world’s 20 industrial economies recently met in Toronto to discuss global economic problems, including the worrisome developments in European sovereign debt. The meetings resulted in a group statement announcing a concerted effort to reduce government spending.

    “Advanced economies have committed to fiscal plans that will at least halve deficits by 2013 and stabilize or reduce government debt-to-GDP ratios by 2016,” G-20 leaders announced last week.

  • ‘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.