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Today's News

  • Hartman, Rosier address county budget in debate

     

    County Commissioner Kathy Hartman squared off against her election opponent, Republican Don Rosier, at a Plan Jeffco forum Sept. 21 in a civil albeit technologically impeded election debate.

    Rosier, who was unable to attend the forum in person, appeared on a large projection screen behind Hartman in the county’s Open Space meeting room, frequently cutting out as the Internet connection slowed.

  • Unlikely source lifts Chargers to victory

    LAKEWOOD — Typically, one will find Collin Shampine playing defense for the Chatfield Chargers. But for multiple reasons — disciplinary, injuries and so forth — Chatfield head coach Brock Blume had to move the lanky junior up into the offensive set.

  • Dakota Ridge boys take second, Rebels' Kincaid first at Dave Sanders meet

    The following are results from the Dave Sanders Invitational high school cross country meet on Oct. 1 at Clement Park:

    DIVISION 1 BOYS

  • Jeffco schools land $33 million grant to boost teacher pay

     

    Jeffco Public Schools has won a $32.8 million federal grant to pilot a potentially lucrative performance-based compensation system for teachers at 20 low-income elementary and middle schools, the district announced last week.

    Though none of the selected schools are in South Jeffco, three schools, including Lakewood’s O’Connell Middle School, have already been chosen. Requirements for the grant specified that at least 50 percent of students in each school be eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches.

  • Our Readers Write

    League of Women Voters opposes 60, 61 and 101

    Editor:

    This letter is written in opposition to three fiscal ballot issues, 60, 61 and 101, which will be on the November ballot. The League of Women Voters is recommending that voters in Jefferson County vote no on each of these measures.

  • Firefighters extinguish blaze in home's attic

    A fire apparently sparked by an attic fan broke out shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in a South Jeffco home on the 10000 block of West Fair Avenue. West Metro Fire responded with more than two dozen firefighters, extinguishing the blaze within less than 30 minutes.

    “It looked like an electric attic fan shorted out,” said Assistant Chief Keith Schneider. “We had five rigs come over and 25 firefighters … it took about 25 minutes to pull apart all the smoldering debris in the attic.”

  • McDondle, Rebels overcome late Chatfield TD to win in overtime

    LAKEWOOD — Cameron McDondle may never score a sweeter touchdown than the last one he scored on Oct. 1 at Jefferson County Stadium. That’s unless he scores one that results in the Columbine Rebels hoisting the 5A state championship trophy.

  • The unintended effects of campaign 'reform'

    If you think you’re seeing more negative campaign ads this year, it’s not just you. 2010 is shaping up to be an all-time high — or low — for negative campaigning. It’s gotten so bad, a recent Denver Post headline read, “It’s a miracle! Some positive campaign ads!” I still haven’t seen those yet.

  • Foundation holds cleanup event at Columbine Memorial

     

    Marking the two-year anniversary of the Columbine Memorial’s dedication, about 30 locals donned gardening gloves Sept. 25, pulling weeds, removing trash, planting flower bulbs and generally tidying up the locally revered park.

    Though the Columbine Memorial Foundation holds such cleanup events a few times every year, additional help is needed to maintain the site’s appearance, said the group’s president, Kirsten Kreiling, who made a plea for more community involvement.

  • Remember the politicians who have served us well

    As we move through early fall and into the final weeks before this midterm election in November, I’ve been thinking of those that served our state in past legislative sessions.