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Today's News

  • Former treasurer's second kickback trial coming up

    The second kickback trial of former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall is scheduled to begin July 28, a proceeding that could once again shine a light on the county’s inner political turmoil.

    Paschall, who was acquitted of a charge of attempted theft in February during the first trial, still faces a charge of compensation for past official behavior for allegedly offering Kathy Redmond, one of his two political appointees, an $18,000 post-tax bonus on the condition she give him half.

  • Window-film magnate branches out into power generation

    After 21 years in the energy-saving business, Judd Coe is one of the few people who is happy about higher energy costs, partly because it’s good for sales.

    The founder and owner of A Solar Solution, Coe installs heat-fighting window film on homes, commercial buildings and government institutions. He runs the business out of his home in the Canterbury subdivision near South Kipling Parkway and Coal Mine Avenue.

    Coe has lived in the Columbine area all his life and went to Leawood Elementary, Ken-Caryl Middle School and Columbine High.

  • Adventures in biking

    A few short weeks ago I wrote in this very space of my recent travels to work on my mountain bike.

    Fear not, I’m still pedaling my way to the office several days a week. But honestly, how much fun is it to just ride to work?

    So, in addition to my required travels, I’ve stretched my legs (literally) and have been exploring different routes on my rides.

  • Preparing for battle

    Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you’re no doubt familiar with the answer to this question: What’s the first rule of Fight Club?

    Answer: The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club.

    Conner Cordova broke the first rule.

    The way he saw it, he had no reason not to.

  • Trial begins in Dylan Newman slaying

    On what would have been Dylan Newman's 22nd birthday, his parents sat in a Jefferson County courtroom as two Lakewood men went on trial in the slaying of their son.

    Aaron Zamora and his older brother Adam are both charged with first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in the April 3, 2007, slaying of Newman. Two other men charged in the slaying, Jeffrey S. Depault and Eric Rooney, have already pleaded guilty and are expected to testify for the prosecution.

  • Necessities for bears: Littleton resident's group dedicated to helping endangered pandas

    The 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck China on May 12 was devastating not only to people and property, but also to an endangered species that has captured the imagination of Littleton resident Suzanne Braden.

    And Braden, along with her nonprofit organization Pandas International, continues to help.

    In early June, Braden visited the Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in western China’s Sichuan Province, home to the last remaining wild pandas.

  • It's my party, and I'll call the cops if I want to

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A South Jeffco man learned a quick lesson in the perils of drinking and crashing a party July 3: He was accused of breaking and entering. The man said that he got off work and went to a bar to meet some friends. One of those friends then drove him to a house where a party supposedly was taking place. The party seeker walked into the garage and then into the home, but before he could grab a beer from the fridge, an occupant of the home confronted him. The intruder apologized and told the man he must have walked into the wrong house.

  • Asphalt shortage threatens road projects statewide

    A nationwide asphalt shortage is jeopardizing road projects across the state during the peak of the 2008 paving season.

    "This caught us completely by surprise," said Jeff Kullman, a regional director for the Colorado Department of Transportation. "There are critical interstate projects we won't be able to deliver on."

    CDOT says 34 projects could be affected by the shortage.

    In the last two weeks, CDOT has learned from suppliers that there will not be enough asphalt to complete projects that have already gone out to bid.

  • Our Readers Write

    The Russians are coming

    Editor:

    I wonder if anyone “in charge” in Jeffco has realized that we’ve been invaded by Russians?

    I’m not speaking of people, of course, but of trees — Russian olive trees, to be exact.

    You can get a pretty good look at them driving down Coal Mine, in the valley basin between Pierce and Wadsworth. They’re the trees with leaves that look dusty-green, or gray-green, lighter than the leaves of other trees. They are frequently thorny, and sport little yellow flowers in the spring.

  • Rox aims for recipe to succeed where others failed

    Sitting at Ken Caryl Avenue and C-470 is a building that is not new. It has hosted various restaurants, bars and even a liquor store in its time, but it has been standing empty for nearly two years.

    Not anymore.

    Rox Bar & Grill is set to open in the space July 21, and owner Jeff Mintz and general manager Michael Rios think their new establishment can succeed where others have failed because they’re from the community and know what it needs.