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Today's News

  • Democrat DeGette easily wins 10th term in Congress

    Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette resoundingly defeated GOP challenger Martin Walsh on Tuesday to win a 10th term representing Colorado's 1st Congressional District.

    The race was called in favor of DeGette about an hour after the polls closed. She received 66 percent of the vote, or 161,557 of the ballots cast, compared to Walsh's 30 percent, or 72,795 votes, with 95 percent of the precincts reporting.

  • Incumbent Kerr prevails in state Senate District 22

    Incumbent state Sen. Andy Kerr pulled away from GOP challenger Tony Sanchez in District 22 in the final ballot count, winning by 1,047 votes in the Nov. 4 election.

    In a South Jeffco district that was decidedly Democratic in the 2012 election, Kerr's lead over Sanchez fluctuated between 200 and 400 votes throughout election night. But last Wednesday morning, Kerr had begun to gain separation with an 801-vote lead.  

  • Voters reject tax increase for Foothills rec district

    South Jeffco voters rejected the Foothills Park and Recreation District's request for a 53 percent increase in property taxes.

    The mill-levy increase was rejected by 54 percent of voters; 46 percent cast ballots in favor.

    Foothills had sought the tax increase as a way to address the estimated $60 million in capital repairs needed for its parks and facillities. The 4-mill boost would have helped the district meet a projected budget shortfall due to increased costs and much-need infrastructure repair.

  • Rosier wins re-election to Board of County Commissioners

    Republican Don Rosier’s bid to win a second term on the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners was successful. Rosier captured 50 percent of the vote to 42 percent for Democratic challenger John Flerlage. Independent candidate Greg Standley had about 8 percent.

    Rosier, a water resources engineer, won the seat in 2010 when he defeated incumbent Democrat Kathy Hartman. The Republican has focused on fiscal issues since first being elected and has been a critic of the county using reserve funds to balance the budget.

  • Voters pick Shrader as Jeffco's next sheriff

    Jeffco voters overwhelmingly picked Jeff Shrader as the county’s next sheriff.

    Results showed the Republican Shrader with 73 percent of the vote over Libertarian candidate Brett Almy’s 27 percent.

    In the same fashion as last Tuesday’s election, Shrader overwhelmingly captured the GOP nomination in June over Jim Shires, winning more than 60 percent of the primary vote.

  • School builds community at Halloween event

    The staff at Mortensen Elementary in South Jeffco staged a block party — literally — to celebrate Halloween on Friday.

    Faculty and office personnel pieced together costumes from “The Lego Movie” and paraded around the school in a tradition that demonstrates the interlocking commitment the school has with its surrounding community.

    Not every adult sported a costume with a giant Lego head, but all the big kids conjured characters, to the delight of their smaller counterparts.

  • All-conference fall sports

    The following are all-conferences selections in the 5A Jeffco League for the 2014 fall season in boys golf, boys soccer and softball:

    BOYS GOLF, FIRST TEAM
    Grant Olinger, Pomona; Griffin Barela, Lakewood; Jack Castiglia, Lakewood; Alan Berry, Chatfield; Roy Carlsen, Ralston Valley; Marcus Tait, Columbine; Zach Gomez, Ralston Valley
    SECOND TEAM
    Michael Tait, Columbine; JJ Amato, Lakewood; Kevin Liao, Lakewood; Nick Medina, Ralston Valley; Evan Tooley, Columbine; Luke Stephenson, Ralston Valley; Ben Eisenbeis, A-West

  • Chatfield senior has ‘good’ last prep meet

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    THORNTON — Elizabeth Dominguez returned to the 5A state gymnastics championships with a chip on her shoulder.

    “I had a rough meet at state last year,” the Chatfield senior said of finishing 45th in the all-around while failing to make an event final.

  • Chatfield making a return to state
  • Rebels pummel Raiders

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    AURORA — His players are too young to have the déjà vu feeling that Columbine coach Andy Lowry was experiencing after the Rebels dominated Rangeview for a 48-7 first-round upset in the 5A football playoffs Oct. 31 at Aurora Public Schools Stadium.