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Today's News

  • Q&A with Mary Parker, candidate in state House District 22

    Mary Parker, Democrat, candidate for state representative, House District 22

    A mother of four and grandmother of five, Mary Parker is entering the world of elected politics with an appreciation for the democratic process and a wealth of experience as a working mom and small-business owner. She moved to Jefferson County from Maryland six years ago. All her daughters and their families live in the metro area as well.

  • Q&A with Justin Everett, candidate in state House District 22

    Justin Everett, Republican, candidate for state representative, House District 22

    Republican Justin Everett of Columbine West is a longtime political figure and community activist in unincorporated South Jefferson County who notched his first big political victory this year with a win in the Republican primary over Loren Bauman. Before that he ran against Mike Kopp and Kiki Traylor in the 2006 primary in Senate District 22, which Kopp won.

  • Q&A with commission hopeful John Odom

    John Odom

    John Odom, 44, is seeking election as county commissioner after being appointed to the job to succeed Kevin McCasky in March 2011. Odom, 43, is a Golden resident and part-owner of Blue Sky Medical of Wheat Ridge, a medical-supply distribution company. He says he will work full-time for the county if elected and that being a county commissioner is a full-time job. Like his opponent, he lives in Applewood.

  • Hearing on dealership ends in uproar

    A Planning Commission hearing on the proposed rezoning near Chatfield Bluffs ended abruptly Oct. 24 after the applicants walked away at the last minute, leaving the audience and the panel of seven commissioners somewhat stunned and wondering how to proceed.

    About 75 people had turned out to oppose a plan to put a car dealership on vacant property in the Jefferson Corporate Center off C-470 and Kipling Parkway.

  • Q&A with commission hopeful Casey Tighe

    Casey Tighe

  • Rumor spurs Arapahoe voters to give up mail-in ballots

    Some voters turned in their mail-in ballots to Arapahoe County election officials at early-voting centers because of an unfounded rumor that mail-in votes don’t count in this election.

    It also is not true that the “I Voted” stickers that went out in the ballot mailing left an imprint that could create a false vote.

    Nancy Doty, Arapahoe clerk and recorder and the county’s head election official, said about 100 people came to early-voting locations on Oct. 22, asking to return their ballots and vote by machine instead.

  • Sports briefs

    GYMNASTICS
    Lady Chargers places third at Region 3 meet at Cherry Creek
    GREENWOOD VILLAGE
    — Chatfield placed third with 175.8 points, wile Columbine came in eighth with 142.55 at the 5A Region 3 championships Oct. 2 6 at Cherry Creek High School.
    The Lady Chargers finished 2.775 points back of second-place Rocky Mountain.
    The 5A state championships will be Nov. 2-3 at Thornton High School.

    FOOTBALL
    McNamee, Sonju lead Lions to first conference victory

  • Eagles’ wheels fall off in 2nd half

    LAKEWOOD — It’s a problem that has reared its ugly head time and again for Dakota Ridge.
    Three times this season the Eagles — against Green Mountain, Denver South and now Wheat Ridge — have had their 4A Plains Conference rivals on the ropes. And three times they’ve let them off.
    The latest — a 21-10 loss to the Farmers on Oct. 26 at Jeffco Stadium — likely sealed Dakota Ridge’s postseason hopes.

  • Rebels get on track in time for postseason

    LAKEWOOD — Reality had already stared the Columbine Rebels in the face.
    “We’re not going to win a conference title. We understand that,” Columbine senior quarterback Michael Burns said. “Right now, we’re working to be the best team we can be going into the playoffs and seeing where we can go.”

  • Spillar completes comeback with 7th place

    COLORADO SPRINGS — It was a sprained ankle that threatened McKenna Spillar’s senior season. But the Dakota Ridge cross country runner, if she had anything to say about it, wasn’t going to let that happen.
    Spillar rehabbed the nagging injury until she finally returned to the course a month ago. Then on Oct. 27 at the 5A state championships at the Norris Penrose Event Center — coming off a 5A Jeffco League championship and third-place finish at regionals — Spillar completed her comeback with a seventh-place finish in 19 minutes, 23.2 seconds.