Today's News

  • Peiffer cultivates real-life lessons

    The best way to teach children about sustainability and healthy living is to fully immerse them in the practice of it — at least that’s Peiffer Elementary School’s motto.

    The South Jeffco school began work on its community garden last Friday, and teachers, students and parents gathered at the school during the district’s fall break to help.

  • Hunger Walk quenches a thirst to serve the needy

    As the Foothills CROP Hunger Walk began Sunday, several participants at the front of the procession grabbed gallons of water to carry on their journey around Johnston Reservoir at Clement Park.

    Though the day was warm, the water was not meant to quench their thirst. Instead, it was a sign of solidarity and a symbol of the struggle that many face when trying to meet their basic survival needs.

  • Rebels' path blocked by Mustangs

    DENVER — Gut-wrenching. Numbing. Speechless. Indescribable. Pick your description of choice because any and all of them could’ve characterized the Columbine Rebels on Oct. 14.

  • Roxborough visitors travel back in time

    Sunshine bounced off the rock formations at Roxborough Park on Saturday, illuminating bits of history for those celebrating the fifth annual International Archaeology Day at the state park.

    In combination with regular park visitors, a large crowd — too large for the available parking — filled the park, and cars wrapped around the entrance waiting to get in.

  • Hopefuls for D1 commission seat differ on challenges ahead

    The candidates vying for the Jeffco commission’s District 1 seat both have their eyes on addressing the challenges posed by future growth, but the challenger said leading her agenda would be fixing a perceived lack of transparency between the county and its residents.

  • County commissioners review draft 2017 budget

    Jeffco’s county commissioners received a preview on Tuesday of the 2017 budget, and although it is balanced, one official raised concerns about once again dipping into reserves to keep the county in the black.

    The county’s draft 2017 budget was presented to the commissioners by budget and risk management director Mary O’Neil and budget manager Dan Conway, who said next year’s spending plan amounts to $541.3 million. The budget is balanced assuming the use of $29.3 million in reserve funds, they said.

  • Jeffco faces challenges as wages increase but fail to keep pace with housing costs

    Wages in the county are up slightly in 2016 compared to 2015, but rental rates and home prices continue to outpace the rise in salaries, making it difficult for many employees to live in the county where they work, according to a recent economic report.

  • Fliers backing Trump tossed from vehicle in South Jeffco

    Small slips of paper tossed from a vehicle recently in South Jeffco urge voters to support the Trump presidential ticket, but the county Republican Party says it’s not connected to the scattershot campaigning.

    Don Ytterberg, chairman of the Jeffco GOP, said the local party is claiming no credit for the mini-fliers, in which “a concerned grandmother” criticizes Hillary Clinton and suggests that future generations will be miffed if Donald Trump isn’t elected president.

    The message on the paper reads:

  • Secretary of State Williams discusses ballot measures

    Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams met with students and other members of the public Oct. 12 at Arapahoe Community College to discuss and explain various ballot measures in the November election, including the highly controversial ColoradoCare and a law permitting assisted suicide.

    Williams emphasized that his job includes reviewing ballot initiatives and analyzing whether or not they meet the legal requirements.

  • Author celebrates birthday with visit to Mortensen Elementary

    David Shannon was greeted by cheers, claps and the echo of hundreds of students at Mortensen Elementary School singing “Happy Birthday.”

    The author — perhaps best known for books like “No, David” and “David Gets in Trouble” — visited the South Jeffco elementary school last Thursday. As the visit happened to fall on his birthday, Mortensen chose to celebrate, and the aroma of a birthday sheet cake wafted through the halls.