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Today's News

  • Car, bicycle collide on Deer Creek Canyon Road

    Barely a week after the Jeffco commissioners denied a special-event permit for a charity bike ride on Deer Creek Canyon Road because of safety concerns, a bicycle and a car collided.

    The cyclist, Robert Davis of Highlands Ranch, was riding up Deer Creek Canyon Road on July 8 when a car pulled out of South Valley Road into his path, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Victor Sargenti. Alan Danner of Bailey was driving the car.

    Davis was taken to Littleton Hospital with minor injuries, Sargenti said.

  • Answers from AJ: Makeshift memorials permitted for a short time in Foothills parks

    Question: What is Foothills Park & Recreation District's policy on impromptu memorials?

    Answer: Makeshift memorials are OK for a short time if they don't interfere with park users or create a safety hazard, but they will eventually be removed.

    The tragic death of 13-year-old Alexander Cook on July 8 near Weaver Hollow Park elicited the sympathies of those who knew him. Someone erected a makeshift memorial in the park, prompting a question on the rules about such things.

  • Kick up some dirt on these trails

    PINE and BUFFALO CREEK — There’s something about asking a local. Whether it be skiing, snowboarding or mountain biking, getting tips from a local can turn the average day into something epic.

    So when I met a local mountain biker near the Pike National Forest work station in Buffalo Creek, I hoped for a few pointers. I got about 30.

  • Angels on ice: 24-hockey event raises spirits, funds for Children's Hospital

    Shortly after Lars Skoric was born, he was rushed to Children’s Hospital with persistent pulmonary hypertension, and the doctors there saved his life. Seven years later, Lars is an ambassador for the hospital, and he and his family were on hand at the 24 Hours of Hockey event at The Edge Ice Arena to help raise money for Children’s.

    “God doesn’t make your kids sick, but he brings angels to save them,” said Ivan Skoric, Lars’ father.

  • Jeffco commissioners on summer meeting schedule

    The Jeffco commissioners will cut back on their schedule of public meetings for the remainder of the summer.

    The July 14 meetings went ahead as scheduled, and the commissioners will hold public hearings followed immediately by staff briefings at 9 a.m. July 21. The meetings are then canceled July 28, with at least two of the commissioners traveling to Tennessee for a conference. Meetings will go forward as scheduled Aug. 4 but are canceled Aug. 11. They resume Aug. 18, but are canceled Aug. 25. Meeting times will go back to normal Sept. 4 and resume the weekly schedule.

  • South Jeffco sparks 70 percent of sheriff’s fireworks calls

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to 237 calls related to fireworks over the July Fourth weekend, with nearly 70 percent of them in South Jeffco.

    “It makes sense,” said Capt. Patricia Woodin, head of the sheriff’s South Jeffco operations. “We do make up 50 percent of the (unincorporated) county’s population.”

  • Chimney Rock is an archaeological gem

    Between Durango and Pagosa Springs is a hidden gem of Colorado history. Before prehistoric dwellings were built into the cliffs at Mesa Verde, Ancestral Puebloans created a small settlement on top of a mesa near two dramatic pillars of stone. The place is called Chimney Rock.

  • Debating Obama’s Iran policy

    By Hannah Hayes

    For 30 years Iran has slowly been staging a rebellion. The recent election and demonstrations may be a turning point for those with legitimate grievances against the repressive mullahs. It is unclear to what degree there was voter fraud, yet students, women and the middle class have certainly raised profound issues while risking everything. Unfortunately, there is not yet a sufficient coalition present that unites these groups of revolutionaries with labor, military, ethnic groups and oil producers.

  • Penry brings campaign to Jeffco

    MORRISON — Conservative state Sen. Josh Penry brought his nascent gubernatorial campaign to Jefferson County on Sunday, speaking to enthusiastic supporters and outlining his intentions for Colorado’s economy. He invoked former President Reagan and took swings at Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter along the way.

  • Looking beyond his limitations: Mike Shaak gets things started at Mile-High Nationals

    MORRISON — When Mike Shaak served as a starter Sunday at the Mile Hi Nationals, his spine tingled with the seismic vibrations of 14,000 horsepower, and his nostrils were assaulted by the smell of nitro-methane fuel.

    The senses of sound and smell are especially acute for Shaak. The former drag racer is now blind.

    Before Shaak lost his eyesight 16 months ago, he had raced Chevy Camaros for 10 years. And a few weeks prior to the Mile Hi Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, owner John Bandimere took Shaak out on the track.