Today's News

  • Cut trillions, not voting rights

    The enormity of the federal government’s liabilities is the biggest challenge we face. As of the moment I write this, national debt stands at about $14.652 trillion (add a few billion by the time you read this). Yet debt is only a part of the equation: Boston University economist Lawrence Kotlikoff estimates that the “real liability” of the federal government is actually in excess of $70 trillion.
    No wonder markets weren’t jumping for joy when Congress and the president agreed to a deal that nets only $900 billion in cuts over the next 10 years.

  • Deer Creek Challenge is a grueling ride for participants

    The Deer Creek Challenge doesn’t cut cyclists any slack. In the midst of the second annual “Toughest Century in United States,” participants climbed 12,751-feet in elevation. Even the final stretch to the finish line is uphill.

    “To put on something that is the most on anything, is unusual,” Pat Downing, the ride founder and director, said. “To be able to do this in our own backyard, and have it be the hardest in the country, is great.”

  • County set to purchase property for public health campus

    The Jeffco commissioners were poised Aug. 23 to approve the $2.3 million purchase of a Lakewood property onto which two of the county’s public health campuses would be relocated.

    The building, at 645 and 655 Parfet St., would also require more than $2 million in remodeling, a cost the commissioners were also slated to approve. Including a 30 percent contingency fee, the total cost of the move would total more than $5 million.

  • County commissioners balk at closing library branches

    The Jefferson County Public Library presented its exhaustive zero-base budget last week to the county commissioners, making a case for funding that would help prevent branch closures but could deplete the system’s reserves in several years.

  • Gymnastics preview: Columbine, Chatfield


  • Speedy Davis found his niche

     Front Range Christian senior halfback Kyle Davis is a hybrid athlete, like a Prius — quiet, quick and more than capable of being effective.

    Unlike other running backs who flaunt their talent like a tricked-out Hummer, like Bo Jackson, Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton, Davis controls the field in a way that makes the defensive line wonder if that was the wind that just blew or if their man had just run by.

  • Senior uses tragedy to better self

       Some might say that life has been unfair to Trace Pozek. The Dakota Ridge senior lost his father, Benjamin, to heart disease at the age of 62 on the first day of school last year. The unexpected death shook his foundation, but not his will.

  • Coachable Gaytan focused on 2011

    If you ask Chatfield High Schools senior free safety Erik Gaytan what makes him a good athlete, he’ll tell you simply, “I’m coachable.”

    For Gaytan, being coachable means not only doing what he’s told, but remembering that, while he may be good, there are better. 

  • Injury, playoff loss push Croy

    All Josh Croy could do was watch. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound defensive lineman couldn’t contribute in the way he wanted to as the Columbine Rebels, winners of their first eight games in 2010, were on their way to a 14-7 second-round 5A state playoff loss to Grandview.

    His first full season on the varsity squad had been cut short midway through thanks to a high ankle sprain to his left ankle. But the Rebels senior is using that misfortune as a motivator for 2011.

  • Front Range Christian golfers place third at Applewood

    GOLDEN — Jared Sloan shot a team-best 84 and Front Range Christian placed third among seven schools at a 3A golf match on Aug. 18 at Applewood Golf Course.

    Resurrection Christian's Mason Munn was the top medalist after shooting a 77. He helped his team to a first-place finish with 254 points. Strasburg was second with 275 and Front Range Christian was third, two shots back.

    Other finishers for the Falcons were Paul Turner (92), Zach Garcia (101), Brax Rohde (114) and Ben Anderson (124).