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Today's News

  • Branching out: Botanic Gardens at Chatfield getting infusion of 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.

  • Foothills Foundation cancels Red White & You festival

    The Foothills Foundation board of directors has canceled this year’s Red, White & You celebration at Clement Park, citing a lack of sponsors and funds.

  • School district makes cuts to balance 2009-10 budget

    Under the budget approved for 2009-10, Jeffco Public Schools will be losing 50 elementary teachers, 12 bus drivers, 9.5 middle school teachers and 13 custodians.

    In addition, the stars will go dark at the planetarium, and there will be a reduction in startup costs for Warren Tech North. However, no schools are targeted for closing.

  • Jeffco commissioner wants tobacco-free county facilities

    If Faye Griffin had her way, there would be no tobacco use at the county's main administrative building and courthouse in Golden, and possibly in other county facilities.

    "This is for the health of our employees," said Griffin, a first-term county commissioner who said a tobacco-free government campus is a goal she'll pursue. "It's not to be mean. It's just because we care about the employees."

    Griffin is in the very early stages of trying to convert the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building in Golden to a tobacco-free area.

  • Rodeo goes to the bulls

    EVERGREEN — The bulls left their marks this past weekend in the annual Evergreen Rodeo.

    The Professional Bull Riders event on June 19 began with a successful ride by a young man from Illinois. The poor soul got knocked off around the 9-second mark, only to land face first in a pile of, well, stuff. Green, smelly stuff from his eyebrow to his shirt collar and packed nicely in his right ear.

    Sunday’s final event of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event saw Jeston Mead stay on for eight seconds, only to fall down and have his bull step on his neck.

  • Guzman leads Rebels to victory

    NORTHGLENN — After a week spent playing some college-level teams, the Columbine Rebels finally got a chance to rest their arms late last week.

    Bert Guzman was freshened up on June 20 and the Rebels followed the left-hander’s dominant performance to a 9-6 Legion A victory over Northglenn at Larry Walker Field.

    “Bert threw one of his better games,” Rebels skipper Chuck Gillman said.

  • Budget highlights party differences

    They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. SB 228 certainly proves that adage in Colorado. When Gov. Bill Ritter signed the bill last week, he characterized the bill as taking a big step toward modernizing Colorado’s state budget. At the same time, Josh Penry, the Senate minority leader and a possible challenger to Ritter in next year’s governor’s race, called the bill “California-style taxing and spending.”

  • Online high school will lose money in first year, Stevenson says

    Jeffco Public Schools' new online high school will lose money its first year but should be self-supporting soon after, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson recently told a group of representatives from homeowner associations.

    Stevenson also gave an update on the district's budget and teacher contract negotiations at the June 3 meeting of the Council of Homeowner Organizations for a Planned Environment.

  • County chipping away at food-stamp backlog

    Nearly four months after Jefferson County's food assistance program led the state in backlogged applications, the county has reduced the log jam substantially.

    Some 96 applications are now lagging beyond the federally mandated 30-day limit for processing, down from 316 at the beginning of March. Lynnae Flora, the community assistance division's acting director, said the actual number is 56, because 40 of the applications are overdue because applicants haven't submitted all the necessary paperwork.

  • Man gets 55 years in kidnapping, robbery

    The man convicted of a brazen June 2008 South Jeffco home invasion and robbery was sentenced to 55 years in prison June 5.

    Garry W. Martin, 43, was named in seven felony cases in the wake of a six-month crime spree in 2008. Three of the cases are in Jeffco, two are in Denver, and there is one each in Arapahoe and Grand counties.

    Martin was convicted of kidnapping, first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery, extortion, identity theft, theft, assault and four violent crime counts related to a series of crimes on June 30, 2008, that started at Southwest Plaza.