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Today's News

  • Rocky times for a Colorado institution

    Recently, the long-rumored demise of the Rocky Mountain News took another step toward reality. Announcing the paper is up for sale, the E.W. Scripps Co. signaled what may be the end an institution that has been part of Colorado for nearly 150 years.

    The news hit me harder than I expected. For all the other sources of information out there, and there are many, I just can’t imagine life without the Rocky. It’s been a part of my day since I learned to read.

  • A strange saga of picking senators

    The 2008 presidential election created four vacancies in the U.S. Senate: Barack Obama and Joe Biden left open seats in Illinois and Delaware; the new secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, opened up a spot in New York; and of course, Sen. Ken Salazar was nominated as secretary of the interior, paving the way for Gov. Bill Ritter to appoint Michael Bennet, former head of the Denver Public Schools.

  • Legislative session is about setting priorities

    As we enter 2009, all eyes are focused on the economy. Families and businesses are looking for ways to save money and to be more efficient in these challenging days.

    During these times it is important for our state leaders, as well, to demonstrate the prudent leadership that reflects our priorities. One of the ways of doing this is to limit the 2009 Legislative session to 90 days.

  • What should Obama do about Gitmo?

    By Kelly Weist

    Leftists all agree that one of the first things the president-elect needs to “change” is the situation at Guantanamo Bay. At least, that’s what they thought prior to the election.

  • Patriotic Night of Celebration

    Columbine Hills Elementary students, staff, faculty and parents celebrated “A Patriotic Celebration of Song” on Nov. 18 in CHE’s auditorium. The celebration was led by the Columbine Hills Elementary choir under the direction of CHE’s vocal music director, Emily Mahanna.

  • Sustainability applies to economy, too

    Several years ago, I heard former Governor Dick Lamm say that the biggest policy challenge of the 21st Century would be sustainability. At the time, I thought he was speaking primarily about environmental issues, but recent events suggest the word encompasses even more than that.

    Of course, environmental sustainability remains a significant issue. As third-world countries catch up to industrialized nations, the problems connected with resource consumption and pollution will continue to grow.  

  • Don’t sleep on Chargers

    In the span of a month, the Chatfield girls basketball team has gone from pretender to contender in Class 5A Jefferson County.

    When you sit back and study the roster, the transformation really shouldn’t be surprising.

    What should leave you scratching your head is how did this team, which has veteran players at nearly every position, get off to such a slow start?

    Well, injuries certainly played a part.

  • South Jeffco bank robber sentenced to 19 years in prison

    Tobias Archuleta, the man who robbed a South Jeffco bank at gunpoint on July 23, 2008, was sentenced to 19 years in prison Jan. 15.

    He was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $83,000.

  • Jeffco law officers take priorities to Capitol

    On a chilly January morning, law enforcement officers from around the state gathered at the state Capitol and urged lawmakers — who face a half-billion-dollar budget shortfall — not to leave their legislative priorities out in the cold.

    "I'm very aware that we have issues this year in our economy and our budget," Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey said Jan. 15 on the west steps of the Capitol. "I also know there's a direct correlation between a poor economy and the crime rate."

  • Chargers swat away pesky Eagles

    In its basketball program, Chatfield senior basketball players are referred to as the “Terrific T’s.

    But, Tyler Rogers, Taylor Rogers, and Tyler Haidaris better make room for one more T – junior Trevor Wages.

    The 6-foot-7 center held his own in the Jan. 23 game against Dakota Ridge. Wages helped guide the Chargers to a 74-61 victory over the Eagles with a big second half contribution. He scored eight points, but more importantly he provided a strong post presence against a Dakota Ridge defense that was not going to back down.