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Today's News

  • Walking in the park with Jean

    If you visit South Valley, Deer Creek Canyon or Hildebrand park on any given morning, you just might see Jean Viste hiking along a trail. 

    For nearly 17 years the Ken Caryl resident has been walking trails in South Valley, Deer Creek Canyon and other area parks while serving as a volunteer for Jeffco Open Space. She has helped hikers locate their cars, closed trails where the presence of bears and mountain lions presented danger, and administered first-aid to the injured.

  • Jail seeking added funds to install mesh on balconies

    An ongoing effort to install steel mesh on balconies in the Jeffco jail is expected to reduce the risk of inmates attempting suicide and should be finished next year, according to a Sheriff’s Office official.

    The project targets high-risk areas, including maximum-security modules on the jail’s sixth and seventh floors, and pre-sentencing areas on the fourth floor, said Dan Gard, chief of the sheriff’s support services division, who appeared before the county commissioners March 22 to ask for additional funds for this year’s portion of the project.

  • Candidates for district attorney both favor use of specialty courts

    The two candidates vying for district attorney in Jeffco might be from different political parties, but both say they are committed to reform in the criminal justice system through expanding the use of specialty courts.

    Incumbent DA Pete Weir, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, Jake Lilly of Evergreen, agree that Jeffco’s specialized problem-solving courts, including dedicated drug, adult mental health and veterans courts, provide a better and more tailored approach.

  • County inches closer to new pact with Comcast

    Attorneys for the county say a revamped agreement with Comcast that has taken years to negotiate should be ready to finalize by mid-April.

    David Wunderlich, assistant county attorney, told the county commissioners March 29 that pressure applied over the last several weeks has helped push along the process of changing the way the company pays to access its cable lines on county property.

  • Quick Hits

    Mosquito net project

    Dakota Ridge High School exchange student Emmanuel Mwinbong is doing a community service project to help his home country of Ghana. Mwinbong is asking for donations of mosquito nets or money to buy nets to bring back with him to Ghana and help with the awareness of the malaria endemic.

    The fund-raiser will be Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, at Jeffco Stadium during the two-day Pomona Invitational track meet. Nearly 60 track teams from across the state are scheduled to participate in the meet.

  • Dakota Ridge LAX rolled by Boulder

    LAKEWOOD — The positive steps Dakota Ridge’s boys lacrosse team took during its spring break trip to California got plowed away like the snow from a Colorado blizzard.

    The Eagles (1-5 record, 0-1 in league) picked up their first win of the season during the three-game trip to the west coast and played in another pair of close games. However, the momentum didn’t carry over in Dakota Ridge’s Front Range League opener against Boulder (2-3, 1-0) on April 1 at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood.

  • Rebels begin run at 5th straight league title

    LAKEWOOD — Taking the field is something Columbine’s boys lacrosse team won’t take for granted this season.

    The Rebels were scheduled to play three games in California during spring break. However, Columbine’s flight that was scheduled to leave Denver International Airport on March 23 was canceled because of the blizzard that began early Wednesday morning.

  • Belmar Library hosts annual Prom Swap

    LAKEWOOD — A bevy of beautiful gowns hanging on racks and walls in the community room of the Belmar Library gave young shoppers many selections to consider during the annual Prom Swap on Friday afternoon.

    Teens and their moms gazed at a variety of styles and colors from full-length turquoise gowns with draped bodices to short purple dresses adorned with sparkly beads. Tuxedos for guys also were among the offerings.

    Friends greeted each other while checking out dresses and tuxes and trying them on for size.

  • Chatfield High winter guard places second at state championships

    DENVER — The Chatfield High School winter guard placed second at the Rocky Mountain Color Guard State Championships on Saturday — in addition to being rated “most improved” by the judges.

    Thanks to new coach Travis Prudhomme, this is the first time in years that the team has had a winter season.

    “He’s done so much,” senior captain Zoe DeGrande said. “He pushes us way more than any coach I’ve ever had.”

  • Driver turns self in after deputy is injured in hit-and-run at accident scene

    The driver suspected of hitting a sheriff's deputy Wednesday evening at the scene of a massive pileup on eastbound I-70 at the Lookout Mountain exit turned himself in to the State Patrol about 2 a.m. Thursday.