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Today's News

  • Foothills’ online survey gauges support for property-tax increase

    A survey by the Foothills Park and Recreation District features several questions on a possible property-tax increase.

    The district has discussed putting a mill-levy increase on this November’s ballot to help pay for infrastructure work, including up to $8 million in repairs and upgrades at Clement Park. 

  • Board ponders next step in teacher talks

    The Jeffco school board will meet in executive session Thursday night to discuss the next steps in contract negotiations with the Jefferson County Education Association, Jeffco’s teachers union.

    At an April 10 special meeting, the school board asked the JCEA to provide a written statement saying what would bring the teachers union back to the bargaining table.

  • Parker running again for state House

    South Jeffco resident Mary Parker says the experience gained in 2012 in her first political campaign has made her a better candidate this time around.  

    Parker is the Democratic candidate in state House District 22, the same seat she sought in 2012 against the current incumbent, state Rep. Justin Everett. 

    In 2012, Parker lost by about 4,000 votes, or 9 percentage points, to Everett, who is facing a GOP primary challenge this year from Loren Bauman. 

  • GOP candidates for state Senate blast Kerr

    The two candidates vying in the Republican primary in state Senate District 22 both say the incumbent is out of touch with voters. 

    Tony Sanchez and Mario Nicolais are running for the chance to face Democratic state Sen. Andy Kerr in November’s election. 

    Sanchez, a manager for nonprofits, received 59.8 percent of the delegate votes at the GOP county assembly on March 22. He said that for Republicans to prevail in the general election, the party needs to offer a clear alternative to Kerr. 

  • ‘Skills area’ planned for mountain bikes at Apex Open Space

    Plans for upgrades at Apex Open Space Park in Golden include a mountain bike “skills area” in a currently unused space near the parking lot and the trailhead.

  • Assailant fought off by teen sentenced

    A man convicted of a violent attack and attempted sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl in South Jeffco last year has been sentenced to 24 years in prison. 

    Xavier McDaniel, 22, was convicted of three felony charges by a jury on Feb. 20. The attack last April left the victim hospitalized for several days with a subdural hematoma, lacerations, bruising and a broken tooth. 

  • ‘A path of purpose’

    About 100 people gathered Saturday in Clement Park to mark the 15th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings. 

    The event, organized by the nonprofit gun-control group Colorado Ceasefire, also honored victims of mass shootings since Columbine, including the Aurora theater shootings in 2012 and the Arapahoe High School shooting late last year. 

  • Renewal on the Rocks

    The long line of brake lights that snaked around Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the predawn darkness of Easter Sunday told the story for Shawna Moench.

    “The fellowship here and seeing how many people came to worship God like this is amazing,” Moench said. “Seeing this many people is great. You think sometimes as a Christian that the faith is waning. But then you see a line of cars all the way to 470 and Morrison. Our faith is strong. It resurrected my faith.”

  • Webcam shows parking availability at Mount Falcon

    Hikers and bikers headed to Mount Falcon Park now can check online to see how many cars are in the parking lot.

    A webcam installed by Jeffco Open Space workers shows panorama shots of the often-full parking lot, updated every two seconds. The webcam is in “beta” testing at: http://jeffco.us/parks/mount-falcon-park-webcam.

  • Man arrested in locker break-ins at The Ridge

    A perpetrator allegedly caught in the act of forcing his way into a gym locker has been arrested in two locker break-ins in the area.

    Mel Peter Trujillo, 53, is accused of using a bolt cutter to break into a locker April 15 at The Ridge Rec Center, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. Trujillo has been charged with third-degree burglary and criminal mischief.

    Ron Hopp, executive director of the Foothills Park and Recreation District, said employees noticed a man acting suspicious when he entered the center.