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Today's News

  • In a well-polished shoe, a reflection of life

    Black shoe polish, a lighter, nylons, spit or faucet water, a freezer, cotton balls, wax. I was running late, so I just grabbed two clean socks and wrapped them around a worn can of Kiwi and a half-empty lighter. I placed them all in my jacket pocket. I could feel the soft lump pressing against my side as I drove to my parents’ house.

    He would soon be graduating and going off to college. I was 14 years old when my parents brought him home from the hospital as a baby. He is now the same age I was when I first entered basic training.

  • Man gets 48 years for shooting in Morrison

    A Lakewood man was sentenced May 22 to 48 years in prison for the attempted murder of three men at Caf Prague in Morrison in March 2007.

    Following a four-day trial in April, a jury found Aaron Allen Fain, 40, guilty of three counts of attempted first-degree murder.

  • 2008 legislative session: For education, at least, it was a banner year

    The 2008 legislative session is in the books, so it’s time to take a look at a few key policy areas and grade our work.

    On education, the legislature gets a B+. 2008 was a banner year for education reformers, led by a coalition of Republicans and inner-city Democrats. This combination of reform-minded legislators proved to be the catalyst for several key bills putting the interests of kids ahead of special interests.

  • Golden Appel

    LAKEWOOD — Evan Appel was just one of several athletes from three local South Jefferson County Schools who made their mark on May 17 at the Class 5A State Track & Field Championships.

  • Kadets take air out of Chargers' sails

    DENVER — A steady dose of Dramamine would’ve been welcomed by those on the baseball diamond – and in attendance – May 16 at All-City Field in Denver.

  • A story with legs: Chatfield student raises cancer funds in memory of former publisher Brad Bradberry

    She says she misses the barbecue in his backyard, and the way she always saw him working in the garden.

    She decided she would raise money in his honor to try to prevent other people from going through the same thing.

    Terra Lesser, 17, and her family knew former Evergreen Newspapers publisher Brad Bradberry for years, and when he died of cancer in December, she wanted to remember him with acts that would benefit others.

    "It makes me feel like I'm actually making a difference," Lesser said. "I"m hoping someday people won't have to go through it."

  • Paper or plastic? Jeffco voters have options

    Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson announced May 20 a plan to give Jefferson County voters more options on Election Day.

    Paper ballots will be available to voters at every Jeffco precinct polling location for the Aug. 12 primary and Nov. 4 presidential elections. Electronic touch-screen voting machines will also be available for voters who choose to use them.

  • Mr. Biggs, local leaders team up for needy families

    Any NASCAR fan can attest to the bitter sniping that occurs among drivers after a contentious race.

    They take shots in the press questioning each other's ethics and motives, and typically disparage their adversaries' skills.

    That sort of back-and-forth has been heard among Jeffco officials since a charity event May 12 at Mr. Biggs.

  • Plants and bugs abound: a new lease on life

    I don’t know what time it is — but it’s late. My bloodshot eyes stare angry holes into the darkness. I want to sleep, but I can’t. Every 15 minutes a loud diesel truck pulls up in front of my apartment complex, and then quickly drives away. This happens again and again. The rumble of the heavy diesel engine smacks away at my skull like a holy ruler on blaspheming knuckles. It’s relentless.

  • Former county attorney reportedly 'joked' about killing critic

    Former Jefferson County Attorney Frank Hutfless "joked" in 2006 about having a county critic who is suing Jeffco killed, according to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation report.