Today's News

  • 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.

  • Applicants sought for library board vacancy

    The Jeffco commissioners are seeking applicants for a vacancy on the county library board, following former trustee Catherine Hildreth’s recent resignation.

    Hildreth, who was notably absent at numerous library board meetings, was appointed earlier this year to replace former county commissioner Kathy Hartman, who briefly served on the library board before accepting a high-level job in the Jeffco district attorney’s office.

  • Pact closer on cover for dinosaur tracks

    More than 60 million years ago, a group of Iguanodons trekked across a shoreline in what is now Dakota Ridge, leaving distinct trails that became fossilized in delicate sandstone.

    Only 81 years have passed since a construction crew broke ground on West Alameda Parkway and discovered the large footprints. And it’s been just 22 years since Friends of Dinosaur Ridge began working to preserve the tracks.

  • Library considers Internet filters after porn incident

    After a teen was recently caught viewing porn on a Columbine Library computer and allegedly masturbating in plain sight, the Jeffco library trustees are considering whether to filter Internet access for all library patrons.
    Library trustees clashed Thursday on the issue of Internet censorship.

  • Library board weighs closure of three branches

    The Jeffco library board is considering closing the system’s three smallest library branches next year, two of which serve the poorest areas of the county.
    Library staff on Thursday listed closure of the Conifer, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge libraries as cost-saving options; shutting down all three could save the system up to $695,000 annually.
    The closures could be necessary to meet a sharply reduced budget in 2012, library staff and board members said.