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Today's News

  • Be careful what you wish for as presidential politics turn nasty

    Be careful what you wish for! For as long as I can remember, Coloradans of all political persuasions have lamented the fact that we weren’t players in presidential politics. We weren’t players in the nominating process because of our timing and relatively few delegates. We weren’t players in general elections because we were such a lock for the Republican nominee. A Democrat hasn’t had the majority of presidential votes in Colorado since I started voting.

  • Half-marathon pushes runners to the brink

    IDAHO SPRINGS — Wayne Cousineau can run a half-marathon as good as most anyone his age.

    His only problem is finishing the race in a way that doesn’t resemble Lazarus.

    Cousineau crossed the finish line of the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half-Marathon on Aug. 9, before crumpling to the ground with legs that no longer worked and a distant gaze.

    And that was progress for the Boulder runner.

  • Negative ads a consequence of failed 'reforms'

    With primary season ending and the general election ramping up, we’re once again being inundated with political advertisements on television and radio. These ads have a predictable style and rhythm, depending on their source and whether they are for or against a candidate.

    The most common type is the positive ad from the candidate — well-lit, focused and upbeat. Mountains are often visible in the background. There may be some general discussion about issues, but it’s usually vague.

  • Coffman wins GOP congressional primary, Jeffco vote

    Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman defeated three fellow Republicans in the Aug. 12 primary to replace outgoing 6th District Congressman Tom Tancredo. In Jefferson County returns, Coffman bested businessman Wil Armstrong by roughly 10 percentage points.

    In overall final results, Coffman tallied 40.1 percent of the vote, compared to 32.8 percent for Armstrong, a business leader and son of former Sen. Bill Armstrong. Highlands Ranch state Sen. Ted Harvey was in third place with 15.3 percent, and Centennial state Sen. Steve Ward had 11.8 percent.

  • Jeffco nonprofits awarded more than $987,000 from SCFD

    After a months-long application process, 84 nonprofit organizations from all over Jefferson County will likely receive more than $987,000 from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

    The Jeffco commissioners took recommendations on disbursing Jeffco's share of the SCFD money from the Jeffco Cultural Council on Aug. 5.

  • Greener groceries come to South Jeffco

    So many shoppers crammed the new Sunflower Farmers Market on Aug. 9, it looked like a shopping mall on the weekend before Christmas. But there was no snow outside, and the only thing resembling jingling bells was the manic beeping of checkout-stand scanners.

    Still, Christmas came early for the legions of South Jeffco consumers who apparently have been waiting for a healthy alternative when it comes to grocery shopping.

  • Judicial review panel urges Jeffco residents to oust judge

    Jefferson County Judge Judy Archuleta should not be retained by voters this November, according to a review by the Commission on Judicial Performance.

    Archuleta is the only Jeffco judge of 17 who will appear on Jeffco ballots in November to receive such a recommendation, and the only one of the 104 judges that were reviewed statewide to receive it.

  • Windels outpaces Griffin in fund-raising for commission race

    Faye Griffin and Sue Windels — the two veteran politicians vying to replace outgoing District 1 County Commissioner Jim Congrove — raised just half the money that the District 2 candidates pulled in during the filing period that ended July 17.

    Griffin, a Republican and the Jefferson County treasurer, reported raising $9,832.85 between Dec. 2, 2007, and July 17, 2008, according to a state filing. Windels, the term-limited Democratic state senator from District 19, reported raising $26,387.27 during the same time period.

  • No foundation for her story

    SOUTH JEFFCO — One South Jeffco woman apparently had so much on her mind Aug. 1 that she was oblivious to her own attempt to swipe makeup from the King Soopers on West Belleview Avenue. A deputy responded to the store shortly before noon that day on a theft report. The store's security guard said he watched the woman through the surveillance system grab a Maybelline product, carry it to a different part of the store and put it in her purse. The 48-year-old woman, with nary a blush, said it was all a mistake. "That was an accident," the accidental thief said.

  • Chowdhury says career in public service should outweigh 'personal failure'

    In his first full interview since his arrest and guilty plea for slapping his daughter, embattled school board member and defeated House candidate Vince Chowdhury says he has apologized and hopes people will consider his entire career in public service when evaluating him as a person.