Today's News

  • Don’t vote to change rules for primaries

    Upon resigning from the Friars Club, Groucho Marx famously said, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.” That reasoning seems to be consistent with two ballot measures before us this fall concerning primary elections.

  • DA warns of scams posing as charities

    In the wake of recent national and global disasters, law enforcement and judicial authorities are warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams posing as charities.

    “When disaster strikes, people naturally feel compelled to do something to help,” Jeffco District Attorney Peter Weir says. “As unthinkable as it is, there will be fraudulent attempts to solicit money on behalf of those whose lives are in ruin. People should take care as they make their giving choices.” 

  • Arapahoe commissioners ask Jeffco to consider taking a position on tobacco tax hike

    Arapahoe County's commissioners have asked their Jeffco counterparts to consider taking a position on Initiative 143, also known as Tobacco Taxes for Health Related Purposes, which aims to increase the state’s tobacco tax by $1.75 per pack of cigarettes.

  • County Manager Ralph Schell announces retirement

    County Manager Ralph Schell announced Thursday he will retire in March 2017, according to a Jeffco news release.

    Schell has served Jefferson County for more than 18 years, including as director of Open Space and Parks before becoming county manager in December 2009. 

  • Jeffco Open Space eyes land purchase — in Clear Creek County

    The Jeffco Open Space staff is working on a land acquisition many involved think could be unprecedented for the county.

    Last month, Open Space Director Tom Hoby met with the county commissioners to present his agency’s second-quarter update. The meeting included highlights of eight projects Hoby wants the commission to approve, the most interesting of which is a potential land deal across the county line in Clear Creek.

  • Jeffco Public Health announces syringe exchange program

    Jeffco Public Health has opened the newest state-approved syringe exchange program in Colorado, joining locations in Boulder County, Denver, Fort Collins, Pueblo and Grand Junction, according to a county news release.

  • Lady Eagles’ bats go silent in home loss

    If there’s a number that will drive coaches batty, especially after a defeat, it’s runners left on base. Dakota Ridge had its fair share of them in its 9-1 home-opening softball loss to 5A fifth-ranked Eaglecrest on Aug. 31.

    For the record, the Lady Eagles stranded 10 runners, including at least one in each of the first six innings. Dakota Ridge left two runners on in the first and fourth innings and three in the fifth before the visiting Lady Raptors exploded for five runs in the sixth inning at Dave Atencio Field.

  • Chatfield volleyball shakes early jitters, wins opener

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    With the entire roster returning from the No. 1 seed in last year’s 5A state volleyball tournament, you wouldn’t think Chatfield coach Stephanie Schick would fret about her team suffering a case of nerves in its 2016 opener. Especially at home, where the Lady Chargers were unbeaten in ’15.

  • Walters, Lady Chargers shine in gymnastics opener

    The Chatfield Lady Chargers, despite having first-meet jitters and several falls in their season opener Sept. 1 at home against Green Mountain and Evergreen, yielded some impressive performances.

    Chatfield, with its largest team ever — 35 girls, took first place in tri-meet with 167.3 points. Green Mountain took second with 153.6 points, while Evergreen was third at 125.625.

    “I am shocked by how many girls we have this year,” Chatfield head coach Chanel Chavez said.

  • Migratory raptors captivate park visitors

    The Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park hosted a “100 Years for Birds” event on a recent Sunday in honor of the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

    The event offered information booths and displays on various species of migratory birds; a live raptor presentation by Nature’s Educators; a rubber-duck scavenger hunt for the youngsters; and nature walks led by master birders.