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Today's News

  • MacBean trial slated to begin in July 7

    The trial of former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean is scheduled to begin July 7.

    MacBean is accused of stealing approximately $643,000 from the Morrison-based fire district. The charges include three counts of theft of $20,000 or more and three counts of embezzlement of public property, both felonies.

    MacBean’s jury trial is scheduled from July 7 through 11.

  • The tale of the tape

    The third-graders at Powderhorn Elementary School gave their faculty members a lesson last week in the many uses of duct tape.

    Such as imprisonment and mummification, to name just two.

    Students lined up after lunch on Jan. 24 to take a turn duct-taping principal Jennifer Carroll, vice principal Zak Martin and third-grade teacher Megan Reyes to the cafeteria wall. 

  • Deer Creek shooter won’t be released for day trips

    The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo has rescinded its request to allow Deer Creek Middle School shooter Bruco Eastwood to take limited, supervised trips as part of his treatment. 

    Eastwood was found not guilty by reason of insanity in October 2011 of attempted murder in the shootings of Deer Creek students Matt Thieu and Reagan Weber on Feb. 23, 2010.

  • EDC has new plan to get help from county

    The Jeffco Economic Development Corp. has received positive feedback on a proposal to partner with the county on an initiative to find real estate that could serve as areas for economic development.

    The EDC is seeking a shared-services agreement to identify those properties and work to turn them into potential sites for business expansion. The county would provide an employee to act as a liaison to planning and zoning departments in the county for developers looking to expand in Jeffco.

  • Littleton council approves overhauled comprehensive plan

    The Littleton City Council has approved an overhaul of the city’s comprehensive plan, the document that helps guide development. 

    The council voted 7-0 for a document that outlines a vision for the city’s future and for where it needs to focus its efforts to get there. 

  • School board politics dominates discussion at Dems’ breakfast

    Jeffco school board member Lesley Dahlkemper said in an Evergreen appearance Saturday morning that, amid the board’s new political orientation, the focus should remain on educating kids.

    But a substantial part of the morning was spent on audience questions about board politics. 

    Dahlkemper spoke at the Mountain Area Democrats’ monthly breakfast and was greeted with questions and concerns about the future of education in Jefferson County.

  • Street projects planned in South Jeffco

    Several major streets in South Jeffco are set for improvements in 2014. 

    Jeffco’s Transportation and Engineering Department plans to finish construction this year on improvements to West Quincy Avenue between Kipling Parkway and Wadsworth Boulevard. 

    The improvements include adding a through lane in both directions, said Kevin French, head of Transportation and Engineering. 

  • Deputies’ lawsuit over pay dismissed

    A lawsuit filed against the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office by current and former deputies over pay raises has been dismissed. 

    About 40 employees filed the suit in federal court late in 2012, claiming that a salary schedule used as a recruitment tool was essentially a guarantee of future raises. The employees sued for back wages and overtime starting in 2012.  

    Yet in his ruling Jan. 13, Judge Wiley Daniel said the deputies were at-will employees and that the pay schedule posted by the sheriff was a promise, not a contract. 

  • Sports briefs

    ICE HOCKEY
    Eagles unleash offensive fury in a 6-0 rout of Kent Denver

    Zach Williams scored a pair of unassisted goals and Dakota Ridge had 68 shots on goal in a 6-0 rout of Kent Denver on Jan. 25 at the Edge Ice Arena.
    Jack Bonniwell, Graehm Konsella, Matthew Moscati and Jake Ross also scored for the Eagles (8-3-4, 11 points Foothills Conference).
    Joey Owston stopped all 10 shots he faced for Dakota Ridge.

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Pittman’s 17 points paves the way as Dakota Ridge rips Pomona

  • Breidenbach’s quick win ignites Columbine

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    LAKEWOOD — Karl Breidenbach is looking for a few good 5A wrestlers.
    Columbine’s senior 160-pounder is unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the state’s top classification by On the Mat, though not perfect for the season, losing to Valley’s Brandon Gonzales (a defending 3A champion) and Pueblo County’s Keenan Willits (ranked No. 1 in 4A).