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Today's News

  • Foothills weighs fee increases

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District is tackling the sensitive topic of raising fees for youth sports associations, swimming pools, golf and exercise classes in the aftermath of the failure of the mill-levy elections in May and November.

    “Fee increases will probably play a large part in the 2009 budget process,” said executive director Ron Hopp, speaking at the regular meeting of the Foothills board on Sept. 9 at The Peak Wellness Center. The first draft of the 2009 budget is to be presented at a public meeting Oct. 14.

  • Motivated Cougars blitz Rebels in nonleague tilt

    EVERGREEN — While soccer will always be a game between two teams, Evergreen’s 4-1 cross-classification victory over Columbine on Sept. 12 does have a third side.

    Blame it all on the Alameda Pirates.

    See, the Pirates pulled off a surprising 1-0 victory over Evergreen on Sept. 10 and that got the Cougars’ attention and anger. Columbine coach Brian Todd noticed the score and couldn’t help but start thinking the game was there for the taking.

  • As the season wanes, Summerset hosts one last dog day

    The competitors were keyed up. It didn't matter that the grass was wet, the weather was a bit cool, or the turf was chewed up from Summerset's car show the day before.

    No, the competitors were stoked — those with four legs as well as those with two — at Summerset's fifth annual Fun Day for Dogs on Sept. 14 at Clement Park.

  • Palin power: Thousands turn out to see VP nominee at Jeffco Fairgrounds

    Doors opened at 7 a.m. Sept. 15 for Sarah Palin’s appearance at the Westernaires Equestrian Center at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, but that wasn't early enough for some.

    Thousands turned out to see the Alaska governor, who has electrified the campaign of Sen. John McCain since he named her as his running mate.

  • Palin an overnight success, years in the making

    Immediately following the Democratic National Convention, a USA Today/Gallup poll showed Barack Obama leading John McCain by a comfortable 50-43 margin. USA Today/Gallup’s prior poll, released before the convention, showed Obama leading 48-45. The net difference of four points was the “bounce” provided by the convention.

  • Falcon Bluffs teacher keeps his students laughing — and achieving

    It's hard to say who enjoys Steve Martin's classes more — the students or their teacher.

    SpongeBob SquarePants, a popular children's character, is everywhere in Martin's classroom at Falcon Bluffs Middle School, setting the tone for a fun learning environment where Martin and his students enjoy a healthy back and forth that's usually the mark of longtime friends.

    "It's fun," said Justin Shapiro, an eighth-grader in Martin's seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra class. "He's different (than other teachers). He actually makes it fun."

  • Atadero's crusade continues with Recreational Safety Awareness Week

    As more than 650 students filed into the bleachers at Falcon Bluffs Middle School on Sept. 8, teachers and administrators reminded them to keep quiet.

    But when one of their physical education teachers started telling the story of how his son Jaryd went missing nearly eight years ago, the room went silent.

    "My son was almost 4 years old," Allyn Atadero said, taking a moment to compose himself in front of his students and colleagues. His co-workers and some students wiped away tears as Atadero continued the story.

  • Summers, Ryckman square off to represent HD 22

    Education is the most important issue for the two former teachers squaring off in House District 22 in November, but their approaches differ.

    Democrat Camille Ryckman, a former teacher at Lakewood's Warren Tech, and incumbent Republican Ken Summers, a former Englewood High School teacher, disagree on vouchers.

  • Columbine cruises past Spartans

    LAKEWOOD — Change is as awkward as it is rewarding.

    Thankfully for the Columbine Rebels, no matter how many wrinkles they try to add to their offense, they always have their running game. And that was all the difference in the Rebels’ 41-20 Class 5A nonleague victory over Thomas Jefferson on Sept. 4 at Jefferson County Stadium.

  • Defense shines

    After spending the past two hours hitting each other in the mouth, Front Range Christian and Custer County high schools took time after the game to enjoy to a few laughs.