Local News

  • Area bands march to success at state

    Dakota Ridge High School’s marching band ended its season with a surprising finish in the state 4A competition, advancing in its standing from eighth to seven place.

    Though the school held its scores consistently throughout the quarterfinal, semifinal and final competitions, being awarded 74 out of 100 possible points each time, a slip by Fountain-Fort Carson High School allowed Dakota Ridge to advance. The school was the only band in the 4A and 5A divisions to claim such progress this year.

  • Peace Labyrinth’s 9-year journey winds its way to conclusion

    A small group of supporters embarked on a final walk through the Columbine Peace Labyrinth on Oct. 31, bidding farewell to the winding circular maze that has developed loyal visitors and small trenches in its quarter-mile dirt path.

  • County’s rift with library continues

    An uncomfortable rift between the Jeffco library trustees and the county commissioners did not show any sign of closing Oct. 27, when the library formally presented a budget that reinforced the trustees’ decision to close all branches on Mondays in 2011.

  • A big find

    A baby Apatosaurus was trotting through a trickling streambed 150 million years ago in what is now Morrison, leaving tiny footprints that were eventually preserved in the sandstone surface. A boulder containing the tracks was broken off during construction of the Alameda Parkway in the 1930s, sitting for seven decades alongside the road as daily commuters unwittingly drove by.

  • Coffman retains seat in Congress

    Incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman scored a wide victory over Democratic challenger and fellow former Marine John Flerlage in District 6, garnering 66 percent of the vote. Flerlage, an airline pilot, collected 31 percent, and Libertarian Rob McNealy captured about 3 percent.

    In Jefferson County races, incumbents mostly held onto their seats, with the exceptions of District 3 Commissioner Kathy Hartman and Coroner Katherine Loughrey-Stemp, who lost to Republican challenger John Graham.

  • Voters reject Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101

    Voters soundly rejected Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 on Tuesday.
    Amendment 60 was opposed by 77 percent of voters. The amendment would have reduced property taxes on a $300,000 house by $376, according to a September state Legislative Council memo to the General Assembly. The bulk of that would have come from slashing school-related property taxes, but the measure would also have substantially impacted special districts, which predominate in mountain communities.

  • Kopp re-elected to state Senate seat

    Incumbent state Sen. Mike Kopp of South Jeffco resoundingly defeated challenger Mike Daniels in South Jeffco's District 22.
    Early results showed Kopp, a Republican, winning with 62 percent of the vote.
    Kopp the Senate minority leader, won a second term representing southern Jefferson County residents. Kopp was first elected to the state Senate in 2006.
    Daniels, a Democrat from Conifer, had 37 percent of the votes.

  • Rosier ousts Hartman from county commission

    District 3 County Commissioner Kathy Hartman, who was the first Democrat to serve on the commission in a decade and a half, was defeated in last week’s election.

    Republican challenger Don Rosier ultimately topped Hartman by more than 4 percentage points, as Jeffco votes were fully counted by Monday morning.

  • Hickenlooper wins race for governor

    In the highly controversial race for governor, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper defeated former congressman Tom Tancredo 51 percent to 37 percent, with Dan Maes pulling 11 percent.
    When underdog Maes pulled off an unexpected victory over Scott McInnis in the Republican primary in August, it seemed like he was headed to the top on a wave of pro-business, anti-Obama, down-on-health-care enthusiasm.
    But negative newspaper stories about campaign-finance violations, amateurish handling of funds, resume questions and lack of financial wherewithal undermined his credibility.

  • Controlled burn sends up smoke at C470 and U.S. 285

    A controlled burn of about 200 acres of grassland began Thursday at Bear Creek Lake Park, resulting in brownish gray smoke plumes near C-470 and U.S. 285.

    West Metro Fire initiated the burn as a prevention measure, though other benefits result from the small controlled fires, a district spokeswoman said.

    “That area hasn’t had a prescribed burn for seven years,” said spokeswoman Micki Trost, explaining that another targeted section of the park hadn’t seen a controlled fire for 12 years. “It reduces the fuel load in the area.”