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Today's News

  • IREA investigating operations at Comanche 3 plant

    The Intermountain Rural Electric Association has commissioned an investigation into a coal-fueled power plant it partially owns that has experienced ongoing problems since opening in 2010.

    IREA, a part-owner in the Pueblo-based Comanche 3 plant, joined with one of its co-owners to hire an engineering firm to look into whether the plant is being operated properly, said IREA general manager Patrick Mooney. Mooney declined to name the engineering firm and has no timeline for the investigation’s completion.

  • Waterton Canyon reopens Saturday

    The Waterton Canyon Trail was scheduled to reopen Saturday morning after being closed all day Friday because of a small lightning-sparked fire that broke out about 4 p.m. Thursday in an area called Mill Gulch.
    U.S. Forest Service crews used the canyon road on Friday to bring in equipment to fight the fire, which affected about 3 acres.

  • Chatfield Reservoir drowning victim is identified

    The Douglas County coroner's office has identified a body found July 4 in Chatfield Reservoir as Colorado Springs resident Jason Gustav Stark, 37.

    The cause of death is being listed as accidental drowning, said Coroner Lora Thomas.

    There was no boat involved. The victim was reported missing on Saturday, and the Littleton dive team conducted an unsuccessful search, said Ron Hanavan, Douglas County sheriff's spokesman.

  • Sides draw battle lines over proposed tax hike for schools

    The pro and con contingents are drawing up battles lines over the proposed property-tax increase for Jeffco schools on the November ballot.  

    Opponents say the tax increase would not fully address the district’s budget issues or guarantee improved student performance, and that the district can find other places to cut the budget. Proponents counter that the increase would help a district ravaged by budget cuts over the past several years and help keep residential property values in the county high by maintaining quality schools. 

  • Deck collapse causes minor injuries

    A deck collapsed Tuesday evening at a home in the 7600 block of West Ottawa Place, resulting in minor injuries to an undetermined number of people.

    Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley confirmed that no serious injuries were reported in the incident. It was not known how many people were on the deck when it collapsed.

  • Sports briefs

    ICE HOCKEY
    Chatfield high school team hosting camp at Edge Ice Arena

    The Chatfield ice hockey team will be hosting a camp for high school players in grades 9-12 at the Edge Ice Arena from July 23-26.
    Cost for the four-day camp is $100.
    For more information and to register for the camp, contact head coach Mark Glombecki at glombecki@msn.com.

    BASKETBALL
    Front Range Christian hosting three-day camp in July

  • Champs crowned as season concludes

    More than 300 players and 24 teams made up Ken-Caryl Little League during the 2012 spring season, which concluded June 16 with championship games in the major-, AAA minor- and AA minor-league divisions. The following are summaries from those championship contests as provided by KCLL.

    MAJOR LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
    REDBIRDS ELUDE STORM

    Sam Low hit a two-run home run and Tyler Mell added a two-run triple in the first inning as the Redbirds eluded the Storm to win the KCLL Major League championship.

  • Thayer’s homer helps Chargers settle for tie

    The Chatfield Chargers tied the Garretson Bears 1-1 in Game 2 of the Cherokee Trail Fourth of July Wood Bat tournament June 28. The game was called after nine innings.
    Final results from the weekend-long tournament weren’t available at press time.
    Garretson, a team composed of athletes from various schools in Weld County, some even returning from college to man the team, proved to be excellent competition for the Chargers.

  • Slugfest goes Chatfield’s way

    Chatfield defeated Dakota Ridge, 16-9, in the opening game of the 2012 Cherokee Trail Fourth of July Wood Bat tournament June 28 at Dakota Ridge High School.
    Final results from the weekend-long tournament weren’t available at press time.
    The game was a five-inning slugfest. In the end, it was Chatfield that managed to pull out the big guns when it counted, scoring six runs in the fifth inning before the game was called for time.

  • Commissioners get tough on fireworks sales

    The sale of fireworks from temporary fireworks stands was banned countywide last week under a new ordinance passed June 26.

    In an effort to head off a situation in which fireworks sellers would be allowed to keep selling their products from tents amid extreme fire danger and despite the statewide ban on using personal fireworks, the county commissioners took action at their regular weekly meeting.