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Today's News

  • Columbine's Bartok registers career win No. 300

    Columbine’s 40-38 victory over Douglas County might not have been the prettiest girls basketball game ever played, but the end result was all that mattered.

    The win by the Rebels was their first of the season, but more importantly, it was the 300th career win for coach Jim Bartok.

  • No county employees show up to speak at hearing on '08 budget

    No county employees and only two county residents spoke at a public hearing Tuesday on Jeffco’s proposed $385 million 2008 budget, even though county employees will bear the brunt of the cuts that made the ’08 budget come in nearly 3 percent less than 2007’s.

    “(The budget) is significantly less than the actual operational budget for 2007,” said Jim Moore, county administrator, during a brief PowerPoint presentation Tuesday.

  • Is the important trivial, or the trivial important?

    It was Sunday a couple weeks ago and, as always, I found myself at 8 a.m. in front of the TV watching one of those weekly news shows. The discussion, as always, involved the presidential race, and as I took a swallow of coffee, it occurred to me that I was completely wasting my time given that I will not be around to vote next November.

  • Tracking the ghost of Christmas present

    The mule deer that wander through our yard are exceedingly handsome right now. They are sporting their new winter coats and are sleek and fat. It has been a good year for them, with plenty of browse — to which my lilac bushes bear mute testimony. They also had a prolific crop of young, with many of the does bearing twins — and one beautiful large doe crossed our driveway one evening with triplets frolicking around her in the dusk.

  • Foreclosed properties: Keeping up appearances

    News of rising foreclosures and the subprime mortgage debacle has captured headlines of late, but one aspect of the foreclosure problem has been a quiet calamity.

    As homes go into foreclosure and are vacated, they often become run-down and subsequently drag down the property values of nearby homes, making everybody’s bottom line suffer.

    Jeffco Commissioner Kathy Hartman told a group representing various South Jeffco homeowners that neighborhoods must come together to keep up the appearance of vacated homes to prevent area property values from falling.

  • South Jeffco Republican elected GOP caucus chair

    South Jeffco Republican Mike Kopp said last week that his election to chair the state Senate’s GOP caucus will directly and indirectly benefit his constituents.

    “I will have an opportunity, a more formal opportunity, to have influence in the Republican caucus, and, hopefully, even though we’re in minority status right now, that influence will have a broader reach ee into the Senate,” Kopp said.

  • Foothills board begins process of finding new director

    Bob Easton, executive director of the Foothills Park and Recreation District, announced last week he is leaving his position, ending more than 31 years as a district employee.

    Easton, who began working for Foothills in 1974 as superintendent of parks, will serve as executive director through Dec. 31. He plans to continue Foothills’ campaign for a mill-levy boost as a part-time consultant through June 2008.

    “As far as why, it just seemed like the right time,” Easton said. “Thirty-one years here has been a very rewarding career for me.”

  • West Chamber honors Courier columnist for contributions

    Hannah Hayes might be best known among Columbine Courier readers for her written skirmishes with Kelly Weist in the weekly “Both Sides Now” editorial-page feature.

    But it was Hayes’ contributions in the holistic health care field that earned her recognition at the West Chamber’s annual Celebrate Women Breakfast.

    Hannah and Donn Hayes are the wife-and-husband team behind OHCO — or the Oriental Herb Co. — that is best known for the health supplement Cold Snap.

  • The right stuffing: First-grader wins Courier's turkey hunt contest

    Alex Pangei bounced with excitement as he told the story of his success in the great turkey hunt of 2007.

    The fact that his success earned him a cool $250 only added fuel to that enthusiasm.

    Alex, 6, with the help of his family, followed the clues scattered in the newspaper and the community and won the Columbine Courier’s turkey hunt.

    “People say we’re lucky all the time, but that’s just because we play games,” said Nancy Pangei, Alex’s mom.

  • Searching for Santa: Jolly St. Nick revels in busy season at the mall

    The jolly bearded man in the bright red suit was a bit elusive on Friday at Southwest Plaza.

    His enclave near JC Penney seemed almost neglected. A handful of parents with strollers surrounded Santa’s set, but few children were venturing to his lap.

    But there was a reason for this lull in the general festivities: St. Nick was about to take a lunch break.