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Today's News

  • 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.

  • South Jeffco musician on the charts with ‘piano impressionism’

      Call South Jeffco pianist Lisa Downing an impressionist. Call her a neoclassical artist, or even a closet metalhead. But avoid the term “new age” at all costs.

    “It’s kind of an unfortunate religious label that isn’t appropriate for the music,” said Downing, whose most recent album, “A Delicate Balance,” has fared remarkably well — on new age charts. “I think we all wish there was another thing to call it. … I personally tend to call it ‘piano impressionism.’ ”

  • Incumbent Coffman says voters have clear choice in 6th CD

      Republican Congressman Mike Coffman, up for re-election to a potential second term in November, paints himself as a distinct partisan politician, one unmistakably different from Democratic challenger John Flerlage in Colorado’s 6th District.

    “This race is not about two Marines campaigning against each other but one where a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat happen to be running for the same office,” Coffman said in an e-mail to the Courier. “We are polar opposites, and the

  • South Jeffco’s Flerlage touts his fiscal approach

      South Jeffco Democrat John Flerlage began his lengthy campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in early 2009, only months after the newly elected congressman had taken office. With the general election now just four months away, Flerlage is confident he can sway voters in the historically Republican 6th District — despite having raised a fraction of the funds that Coffman has.

    The key to Flerlage’s approach, not surprisingly, is campaigning on ideas rather than divisive platforms, at least on fiscal issues.

  • Videographer dies at motocross event

      A 57-year-old Lakewood videographer died in an accidental fall June 25 while he was setting up a camera at Thunder Valley Park, a motocross track.

    Stuart Keene fell about 20 feet from a lift, said a spokeswoman for the West Metro Fire Protection District said. The department responded to a call at 3:15 p.m., and Keene was taken to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, where we was pronounced dead.

    Keene was preparing to film the Thunder Valley Nationals motocross event.

    — Emile Hallez Williams