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Today's News

  • Sen. Kopp making big plans for smaller state government

     

    Anticipating his re-election in November, state Sen. Mike Kopp has some big plans for his next term in the legislature. But with the possibility of the Democratic majority holding its edge, Kopp’s blueprint for shrinking Colorado’s government could face a challenge.

    Kopp, a Republican who is up for re-election this year in South Jeffco’s District 22, was running unopposed until a few weeks ago, when Conifer Democrat Mike Daniels threw his hat into the ring at virtually the last minute.

  • Rec district poisons hundreds of prairie dogs at Clement Park

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District hired an extermination company to kill hundreds of prairie dogs Wednesday at Clement Park. Workers placed toxic fumigation pellets into virtually every den in the native-grass area south of the Columbine Memorial, stuffing the burrows with newspaper and covering them with dirt.

    Complaints from the bordering neighborhood prompted the move, said Foothills spokeswoman Kate Dragoo.

    “We had neighborhood complaints, because (prairie dogs) had been intruding onto neighborhood property,” Dragoo said.

  • DA warns of rise in automated phone ‘phishing’ schemes

    District Attorney Scott Storey is warning citizens of a telephone scam that has resurfaced in Jefferson County. In the last few days, several people have called the DA’s office to report that they have received disturbing automated phone calls alleging to be from their bank or credit union.

  • DH split spoils pitching outings for Dakota Ridge

     

    In doubleheaders, most teams are content to get a split. But for the Dakota Ridge summer league baseball team, it left the field knowing it should have won both games of the Eagles’ doubleheader with Castle View on June 18 at Dakota Ridge High School.

  • Off-leash proposals dogged by critics

    Proposals to shrink the popular off-leash dog park at Chatfield State Park are drawing criticism from canine enthusiasts, who say their groups’ views have not been fairly considered. Those groups say proposed changes don’t reflect their interests and that the modifications won’t decrease conflicts among park visitors.

    Users of the off-leash area object to a proposal to halve the size of the dog park, to fence the area, and to discontinue access to the South Platte River.

  • Open space, closed government

    After crafting a deal to acquire 19 acres in the Rooney Valley last December, Jeffco officials portrayed the purchase as a routine Open Space buy and kept secret the transaction’s role in settling a lawsuit by a group of developers, a Courier investigation shows.

    A lawsuit currently pending against the county charges that the machinations contributed to Jeffco’s top administrator, Jim Moore, being fired after he voiced objections to the lack of transparency.

  • Small ball goes long way for Columbine

    Nate Andrews may only be a rising freshman, but, at least for one game, he pitched well beyond his years.

  • For little leaguers, it’s about the game

     

    The sky was clear and the weather was mild — just right for championship baseball. The audience was cheering and the coaches were yelling out instructions, but for the boys and girls on the field there was nothing else happening in the world.

  • Eastwood arraignment rescheduled for July 12

     

    The arraignment for suspected Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood was rescheduled Monday following a request from a defense lawyer. Discovery documents in the case have burgeoned to about 5,000 pages, and the defense has yet to fully review all of them.

    “With regard to the expansive discovery, I would like to have gone through that,” public defender Thea Reiff said about reviewing the documents before Eastwood enters a plea.

  • South Jeffco burglars target open garage doors

    A string of burglaries in South Jeffco has prompted the Sheriff’s Office to urge residents to practice the simple precaution of closing their garage doors. Thieves have boldly entered at least three local homes and another in the northern part of the county since May 17 through open garage doors.

    “Normally it’s a quick hit,” sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said. “But you don’t often see this, where they’ll make entry into the house.”