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Today's News

  • Voters to decide on term-limit extensions

    Jeffco voters will decide in November whether the county's elected officials - excluding the county commissioners - will be allowed to serve three consecutive terms, up from the current maximum of two.

    The decision by the county commissioners June 2 to refer the question to the November ballot marks an abrupt change from just several weeks ago, when District Attorney Scott Storey couldn't even get on the commissioners' agenda to propose a resolution extending his and other offices' term limits.

  • Get your legs ready to ride

    Last summer I spent a good portion of time on my mountain bike.

    I rode single tracks, paved trails and plenty of local bike paths.

    I also made a point to ride my bike to work at least twice a week. It was one of the most enjoyable things I did in all of 2008.

  • Mind games: Five local teams head for World Finals of Odyssey of the Mind

    What could the average adult make with toothpicks, straws, ping-pong balls, rubber bands, plastic forks, trash bags and a roll of tape?

    It might be hard to imagine these junk-drawer objects as anything terribly useful. But a young mind can conjure many options with these objects: a miniature building or car, or, when they are pasted onto a painted piece of cardboard, a backdrop for a skit.

  • Branching out: Botanic Gardens at Chatfield getting infusion of new plant life from downtown facility

    Residents near the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield might have noticed some new growth at the site in recent weeks.

    And that hasn’t been limited to spring’s usual bounty of fresh green leaves. The additions also include two new greenhouses that soon will house thousands of wild plants from all over the world.

  • Streak for the ages

    Broncos fans, be patient. The “Patriot Way” is already working for one team in Colorado.

    The Parrots of the Ken-Caryl girls soccer league have been on a hot streak for the ages.

    In their last 51 matches, the Parrots have yet to taste to defeat; winning the last 39 in a row.

    The key to their success is the same thing that helped guide the New England Patriots to three Super Bowl titles in four years.

    For the Parrots, it’s all about the team.

  • Dakota Ridge poms coach fired amid theft allegations

    The coach of the Dakota Ridge High School poms team was fired June 1, just days after the Jeffco sheriff's office charged her with stealing team money.

    Jessica C. Rosecrans was charged with theft May 29. She is suspected of spending about $500 of team money on personal items, including shoes, sunglasses and clothing.

  • Slow start, soft bats doom young Chargers

    Summer baseball is always about fresh faces.

    For the Chatfield Chargers, who have been among and flirted with the state’s elite the past three seasons, you’ll definitely need a roster to follow along this summer.

    “We had returning experience for the past three years — real good, all-league caliber players coming back,” coach Mike Yansack said Friday. “That gives you a little bit of leadership and gives you those guys who have been there. This is a situation where we are completely reloading, outside of two guys.”

  • Trail of fears

    MORRISON — If running up Mount Falcon makes someone crazy, then running down Mount Falcon makes you … um ... even crazier?

    “You’re probably not going to win a lot of races on the downhill, but you can definitely lose it, as I almost verified today,” Mark Lowe said Saturday after he won the Mount Falcon trail race.

  • Life is precious, in all its forms

    Last night, as I opened the lid of the aquarium to put in food, a little hatchet fish jumped out. Apparently he hit the lid hard enough to knock himself out. I tried to help him regain consciousness as best I could. Yet despite my efforts, there was no skill or technology at my disposal that could save him.

  • Home on the range: Stratton picks Cowboys

    Sam Stratton is a quarterback. Stratton will remain one next year at Wyoming.

    “That was a big deal for me because Air Force was the only other Division I school that wanted me to play quarterback,” Stratton said.

    The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Chatfield senior verbally committed to join the Cowboys of Laramie in fall 2010, which suddenly made his upcoming — and final — season with the Chargers this fall a lot more enjoyable.