.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Local News

  • Ken-Caryl gets its tax increase

    The Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District was successful in the bid to raise its mill levy May 6, as the proposal was approved with nearly 73 percent of the vote.

    The 2.5-mill increase passed with 3,072 votes in favor and 1,142 against, according to the Ken-Caryl website. The vote authorizes the first tax increase since the district was formed in 1988. The 19 percent increase will cost the owner of a house valued at $500,000 an extra $100 a year, as the levy increases to 15.209 mills from the current 12.709.

  • Foothills tax increase defeated again

    For the second time in less than two years, the Foothills Park & Recreation District has seen a bid to raise taxes defeated at the polls.

    By a vote of 54.3 percent to 45.7 percent, district voters rejected a proposed 3-mill increase to a levy of 10.65 mills, which the district said was needed for capital repairs, equipment replacement, operational costs and maintenance.

    The actual vote count was 8,163 opposed and 6,867 in favor, according to Foothills' website.

  • Democrats nominate Eng to run for Tancredo congressional seat

    Just hours after the Dakota Ridge High School gym was packed with students raising money to fight cancer, it was filled again May 3 with another boisterous crowd.

    But this time people from all walks of life were fighting for their presidential candidate, and vying for the opportunity to take that fight to the Democratic National Convention in August.

  • 'A' is for amelioration

    SOUTH JEFFCO — The letter "a" and the word "aardvark" battled for the distinction of being the first word in the dictionary last week at a South Jeffco apartment. The battle — waged by a man and woman sharing an apartment on West Burgundy Avenue — caused a disturbance so loud that deputies had to respond. The first deputy at the scene heard yelling inside the apartment. There was no response when he knocked on the door, so he knocked on the bedroom window.

  • Security assistance for DNC discussed in secret, for now

    Denver-area law enforcement agencies will work together to provide security for the Democratic National Convention in August, and Jefferson County will contribute sheriff's deputies and resources.

    But specifics related to Jeffco's plans for the assistance are, for now, being dealt with in secret, as a pre-planning briefing for county commissioners was held behind closed doors April 29.

  • Schools to start 2008-09 year nine days early

    Public schools in Jefferson County will start the 2008-09 school year nine days earlier than normal, on Aug. 12.

    Jefferson County also is bringing back a fall mini-break, with schools closing Thursday and Friday, Oct. 23 and 24.

    The early start time was instigated to allow extra time for CSAP preparation so students can finish classroom testing before Christmas break.

  • Columbine student flees to Canada, seeks asylum

    A 17-year-old Columbine

  • Inmates, Rose Society team up to teach the public about rose pruning

    On a deceptively cold, late-April morning, they gathered on the north side of the Jeffco sheriff’s office to garden. Some brought shears, some brought gloves, and many had both.

    Of the two dozen people on hand, all shared a common interest in rose bushes, and in the intricacies of taking care of them. What they didn’t have in common is where they came from.

    Five of the gardeners April 26 started their morning as inmates in the Jefferson County Jail, and would return to the jail when the day was through.

  • Kopp, Witwer push creation of committee to study wildfire mitigation

    Two Jeffco legislators are one step closer to creating a committee to study ways to deal with wildfires, especially in areas where homes and forests collide.

    These areas — referred to in firefighting circles as the “wildland-urban interface” — contain increasing numbers of homes and subdivisions, making it difficult for firefighters to effectively fight wildfires and protect homes and lives, according to Senate Joint Resolution 25. The resolution would create an interim committee that would meet this summer and make recommendations by Nov. 1.

  • My friend has this problem ...

    SOUTH JEFFCO — Not smart: Using a friend’s ID, then telling a deputy that you did not tell him your real name because you didn’t want to be accused of impersonating that friend. However ludicrous, that’s the excuse one woman used last week when arrested on an outstanding warrant. She was a passenger in a car that had been pulled over, and when asked to present an ID, she handed over a state ID card that belonged to a friend. Unfortunately for her, that friend had a warrant for her arrest, so the woman was taken to the Jefferson County Jail.