Today's News

  • County assessor running unopposed in November

    Jefferson County Assessor Jim Everson anticipated a tsunami of protests in 2009, suspecting that higher-than-expected property-tax valuations would befuddle homeowners.

    But the wave never came.

    His office prepared well ahead of time for the protests, he said. It sent notices to property owners, hoping that would brace them for potentially disappointing valuations, which were based on home-sales figures from June 2008, when houses fetched more of a premium.

  • Kearns runs as write-in in 6th district

    Michael Shawn Kearns, 52, a retired military intelligence officer with no previous experience in elected office, has launched a low-key campaign as an unaffiliated, write-in candidate in the 6th Congressional District, which includes Evergreen.

    Other candidates in the running are incumbent Republican Mike Coffman, Libertarian Rob McNealy of Aurora and Democrat John Flerlage of Littleton.

  • Challenger Radeff cites negotiation skills, business acumen

    House District 22 challenger Democrat Chris Radeff has been practicing law for 16 years, experience that she says makes her an ideal candidate for the state legislature.

    As a family-law attorney, the Lakewood resident has guided hundreds of families through divorce, with most ending in amicable settlements, she said. And though she openly plugs her negotiation skills, she also cites years of running a successful small business as indicative of economic aptitude.

  • Incumbent Summers talks about health care, economy

     Two-term Republican state Rep. Ken Summers has spent more than three decades building a career in Christian-service organizations.

    The Colorado native and longtime Lakewood resident began work as an associate pastor at a Pentecostal church in 1978, and he was most recently hired as executive director of Teen Challenge of the Rocky Mountains, a Christianity-based program for “those with life-controlling problems.”


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  • Ravenna becomes ‘Havana Nights’ for charity fund-raiser

    The Golf Club at Ravenna became the setting for “Havana Nights” as the annual Hats Off to Hope House event was held at the home of Bill and Jill Maul on Sept. 16. More than 170 guests attended, including Glenn Jacks, owner and developer of Ravenna, as well as John and Lorraine Bandimere (pictured) and Tehema owners Tony and Nancy Haley. More than $80,000 was raised to invest in teen moms who are dedicated to building stable lives for their little ones.

  • Kauffman touts experience in treasurer race

    Republican Tim Kauffman was working as a commercial banker when he was called in 2008 and asked to replace newly elected Commissioner Faye Griffin as Jeffco treasurer. And though he was not new to politics, it took a bit of coaxing before he agreed to fill the office.

  • Democrat Schulz challenging incumbent treasurer

    Jeffco treasurer candidate Larry Schulz boasts 44 years of public service — all of which he attributes to childhood allergies. Schulz, incumbent treasurer for the city of Wheat Ridge, was headed for a life in agriculture until fits of sneezing prodded him toward higher education and a career away from his family’s farm.

    “I grew up on a dairy farm in southeastern Minnesota,” said Schulz, 66. “I learned about hard work there, and about honesty.”

  • 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.

  • 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 6thDistrict.