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Today's News

  • Colorado primary a huge change for voters

    Your ballot for what is by almost any measure the most interesting primary election in Colorado history should have arrived in the mail recently.

    In 2018, both the Republican and Democratic parties will be choosing from four different candidates for governor on their primary ballots. It is possible, if not likely, that both parties will nominate candidates who receive support from less than half of their parties’ voters.

  • SW Plaza burglary suspect pleads guilty

    One of the men involved in an October smash-and-grab burglary at J.C. Penney Co. in Southwest Plaza pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to two felony charges.

    Lance David Segura, 19, will be sentenced June 25 for his involvement in the break-in, which caused $40,000 worth of building damage. Segura pleaded guilty to one class-4 felony burglary charge and another class-6 felony charge of possession of a weapon by a previous offender. Because Segura was on probation at the time of the offense, he is facing an aggravated sentence, which means five to 12 years in prison.

  • Parsing the silly season

    It is not bad enough that 70 percent of us are afflicted with “news fatigue,” but now we are solidly enmeshed in and totally bored with the “silly” season of politics fondly known as the primaries.

    While having a role in our election process, many would agree with me that things have gotten a bit out of hand. Certainly, the projection of campaign costs approaching $25 million should be a source of some concern.

  • New splash park at Clement Park officially opens

    Foothills Park and Recreation District celebrated the grand opening of its new splash park last Thursday, and nothing paints the scene better than the smiles on the faces of those in attendance.

    “We’ll be here this summer. That’s for sure,” said Dominica Lopez of Denver as she watched her 2-year-old daughter, Jaslynn Flores, splash around in the water.

  • D’Evelyn grad elected to Jeffco Sports Hall of Fame

    ARVADA — A D’Evelyn graduate was immortalized and a Dakota Ridge baseball coach earned Assistant Coach of the Year at the Jeffco Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities on June 7.

    Kevin Williams, who attended D’Evelyn from 2004-08, was inducted into the HOF for his success in cross country which, ironically, was just a side sport at the time he began running.

  • Local football players excel in All-State game

    By Steve Smith

    ALAMOSA — It would be hard for anyone to remember the wild — and weird — finish to the 2018 version of the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-star football game on Friday in Alamosa.

    The team that won had to survive a tying touchdown with 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter and a dispute about whether it was OK to rush the place-kicker on a point-after touchdown attempt (it’s not), only to get a score in the first overtime to win the game 27-21.

  • Change in routine doesn’t faze Lodice

    Steve Smith

    ALAMOSA — From the looks of things, Dakota Ridge’s Skylar Lodice was out for another run through the park on Saturday.

    In this case, it was the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state cross country race at Cole Park in Alamosa.

    But it wasn’t the same.

    “It was different being able to run with the boys,” she said. “It made me a lot more competitive and helped me finish the race strong, which I really loved. It was so competitive, and I just love the rush.”

  • Surprises for Layman at All-State games

    Steve Smith

    ALAMOSA — Columbine senior Kerstin Layman was pleased after her first of two games in the Colorado High School Coaches Association’s volleyball tournament at Adams State University on Saturday.

    But it’s not for the reason you might think. Yes, her team won its first match. It only took three sets.

    She liked the girls on her team, so it wasn’t that.

  • Just please spend a moment thinking about it

    Given the daily challenges we all have to deal with, it is easy for us to overlook some of the important events that have contributed mightily to our current status. As with any historical relevance, a key component is not so much the factual occurrence, but rather the emotional connection.
    As time passes and personal accounts dwindle, this emotional connection becomes even more critical yet difficult to achieve. Yet its importance grows.

  • Clowns to the left and jokers to the right

    My favorite news source is Michael Smerconish, who has a weekday three-hour news and political discussion show, on Satellite radio station POTUS. His tag line is the title of this article.
    He appeals to me because of his fairmindedness. He is a true centrist, and in the three or four years I have been an avid listener, I have not seen one instance of biased discussion of an issue. It’s obvious as I listen to his callers that they are open-minded and endeavor to see both sides of an issue before deciding how they feel.