Today's News

  • Local police-impersonator incident linked to Aurora assault

    A police impersonator who made a traffic stop on a young woman Monday afternoon in South Jeffco may be one of the two men suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in Aurora the day before, police say.

    About 3:30 p.m. Monday, the impersonator pulled over a car in South Jeffco. Though the man was dressed in a uniform and drove what looked like a squad car, the young woman reportedly found the circumstances suspicious and did not leave her vehicle, as the impersonator told her to do.

  • Chatfield swim beach closes again

    Officials closed Chatfield State Park’s swim beach on July 27, marking the third closure in recent weeks due to high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.

    The contamination is likely due to recent heavy rains, the park said, which can wash material into the reservoir, and high temperatures, which can encourage bacterial proliferation.

    The reservoir’s water will continue to be tested every day, officials have said. If the bacterial levels are within acceptable limits, the beach will reopen.

  • Emily Johnson named to dean’s list

    Emily Johnson, a 2010 graduate of Dakota Ridge High School, was named to the dean’s list for the fall and spring semesters of the 2010-11 school year.

    She attends Baylor University, and is enrolled in the honors program for health science studies and pre-physical therapy.

  • Words can set the caged bird free

    By Anushka Anastasia Solomon

  • Hopefuls draw lines in the sand

  • Force back on top at Bandimere

    MORRISON — It’s been a while, but John Force is back on top at the mountain.

    The 62-year-old legendary NHRA Funny Car driver scored the last of his five previous wins at Bandimere Speedway in 2003. But in the finals on July 24 against Matt Hagan at the 32nd annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals Force didn’t have to do anything special. He just needed Hagan to make one mistake for Force to get his first win of the season.

  • NHRA notebook: Berry turning momentum around

    MORRISON — The last time Littleton resident Mike Berry ran with the NHRA at Bandimere Speedway — last year’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals — it wasn’t his Pro Stock Motorcycle he was riding. It was fellow competitor Matt Smith’s bike, but with Berry’s motor.

    The 2009 Buell XB9R didn’t work out too well for the 45-year-old. On his first run he couldn’t disengage the clutch and ended up burning out. But, oh, how things have changed.

  • Sports briefs

    Columbine youth camp set for Aug. 10-12
    Columbine High School is conducting a youth volleyball camp for girls in grades sixth through eighth Aug. 10-12 from 8 a.m. until noon. Cost is $45, which includes a T-shirt. For more details, e-mail Debra Powell at dpowell340@hotmail.com.

    Dakota Ridge to host youth camp Aug. 1-4
    Dakota Ridge High School is hosting a youth volleyball camp Aug. 1-4 from 9 a.m. until noon for  students in grades five through eight.

  • County eyes name change for Community Resources Department

    Jeffco officials are considering a name change for the Community Resources Department, an entity that includes the Boettcher Mansion, Colorado State University Extension, the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and the Open Space Division.

    At the request of department director Tom Hoby, the county commissioners may give a nod to the proposed name “Jefferson County Parks,” which comes with the branding statement “enriching life.”

  • District attorney, courts clash over the future of bail

    Jeffco’s Justice Services Department is clashing with District Attorney Scott Storey over the future of bail, with both entities vying for $200,000 that could continue funding for a recently overhauled pretrial services program.