Today's News

  • Incumbents prevail in Littleton City Council races

    With five seats on Littleton’s City Council up for election, the city’s voters re-elected the incumbents.  

    Official results in the Nov. 3 election showed incumbent Councilman Bill Hopping besting challenger Brenda Stokes in District 1 by 419 votes, receiving 60 percent of the votes overall.

    In District 4, incumbent Debbie Brinkman won 53 percent of the vote against challenger Carol Brzeczek, prevailing by 167 votes.

  • Jeffco library's tax increase wins approval

    The county’s voters approved a 1-mill property-tax increase for the Jeffco Public Library in Tuesday’s election.

    Results showed the ballot measure prevailed with 53 percent of the vote to 47 percent.

  • Voter turnout, winning margins bigger than 2013

    Jeffco voters turned out in greater numbers for the Nov. 3 election than they did in 2013, when the now-ousted conservative school board majority was elected.

    According to the Jefferson County Elections office, 46.4 percent of the county’s 399,918 registered voters cast ballots last week.

    In 2013, when John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams were elected, 43.2 percent of voters cast ballots. At the time, the county was home to 412,954 registered voters, the elections database shows.

  • Conservative board members approve $9,500 in bonuses for superintendent

    Jeffco schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee will be paid $9,500 in bonuses after his first year of work, the outgoing school board decided on a 3-2 vote Nov. 5.

    McMinimee’s awards represent 24 percent of possible bonuses in his contract. The bonuses hinged on his meeting goals set by the district and the school board.

  • Voters recall conservative school board members

    By Gabrielle Porter

    Staff Writer

    Jeffco’s conservative school board majority was overwhelmingly recalled in the Nov. 3 election, and the so-called “clean slate” of candidates backed by the Jefferson County Education Association and the recall organizers swept all five seats on the board.

    As of Nov. 6, unofficial results showed:

    • 64.3 percent voted to recall Julie Williams in District 1. Brad Rupert, the sole successor candidate, received all votes cast to replace her.

  • New school board members take oath of office

    Jeffco’s newly elected school board members officially took the helm of the district last Thursday and are set to re-examine several of their predecessors’ controversial decisions in coming weeks.

    Ron Mitchell, Ali Lasell, Susan Harmon, Amanda Stevens and Brad Rupert, who were elected Nov. 3, were greeted with waves of applause as they took the oath of office and their seats at the board table.

  • Life after Pachner

    DENVER — Mark it on your calendar: D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School’s gym will be standing room only Jan. 28.

    That night Class 4A Jeffco League rival Valor Christian and first-year head coach Troy Pachner will descend on the Jaguars’ home court. It will be a homecoming for Pachner, who coached D’Evelyn for 17 years before leaving last spring to take over the boys hoops program at Valor in Highlands Ranch.

  • Rebels plow into football state semifinals

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s vaunted rushing attack put on its version of downhill skis Nov. 20 at Jeffco Stadium.

  • Prisoner in Jeffco jail commits suicide

    An inmate at the Jeffco jail committed suicide Thursday night in his cell.

    Harley Jefferson Smith, 32, was found hanging by a bed sheet at 6 p.m. by deputies during their rounds, according to the Sheriff's Office.

    Deputies administered CPR, but Smith was declared dead at 6:40 p.m. at the jail. Smith had been booked into the jail on traffic charges on Thursday about noon.

  • Quick Hits

    D’Evelyn falls in first round

    D’Evelyn couldn’t hold on to a first-half lead in its Class 3A first-round playoff game Nov. 14 at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. The Jaguars lost to No. 5 seed Palisade 35-21. D’Evelyn (7-4 record) held a 14-6 lead at halftime, but the Bulldogs used a 23-point fourth quarter to advance to te 3A quarterfinals.