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Today's News

  • Pinnacol’s excesses an outrage

    When legislative budget staffers were looking into ways to balance the state’s budget during the 2009 session, they happened onto the fact that Pinnacol Assurance, the quasi-public agency that serves as the insurer of last resort for workers’ compensation, had reserves in excess of half a billion dollars more than appeared to be necessary. When legislative leaders suggested taking some of the money to address budget issues, the reaction from Pinnacol, business interests and Pinnacol customers was swift. They said the state should keep its hands off.

  • Rebels run out of gas at tourney

     PARKER — School is out but that doesn’t mean the Columbine Rebels baseball team is taking the summer off.

    The Rebels’ summer squad spent the weekend playing in the Double Angel Summer Slugfest from June 3-6, going 1-3-1 over three days and losing in the first round of the consolation bracket.

  • Valerio makes his pitch for Dakota Ridge rotation in shutout

     

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — A.J. Valerio wasn’t scheduled to be in this position, but Dakota Ridge didn’t have much of a choice.

  • Lorentz, Robinson top inaugural Chatfield class

    John Norris volunteered to help put together the Chatfield Football Invitational, the seventh annual golf tournament benefiting the school’s football program. But, unlike in years past, Norris ran into a stumbling block this go-around, namely the difficult economic times.

  • County’s new animal shelter nears completion

    The finishing touches are being completed on the new Foothills Animal Shelter, and the current facility could be packing its bags — and kennels — for a move in late July. One of the most prominent changes includes a relocation of the veterinary clinic from a parking lot to a permanent building.

  • Graduation time

    Thousands of South Jeffco high school seniors will bid farewell to their academic institutions in the coming weeks, receiving diplomas and sending graduation caps high into the air.

    The five area high schools will host graduation ceremonies as follows:

      Chatfield High School May 21 at 9 a.m. Red Rocks Amphitheater

    Gates open at 7 a.m., and a shuttle providing handicap transportation from the parking lots begins at 7:30 a.m. Parking information is available at www.redrocksonline.com

  • Schools put 136 jobs on chopping block

    Jeffco Public Schools would cut 136 employee positions under a proposed budget rolled out May 13 that cuts $14 million over the previous year’s spending.

    Increased class sizes, higher athletic fees, fewer transportation routes and reduced choices for electives would result from the budget, which was designed in the face of massive cuts in state funding.

  • A ‘sweet’ goodbye

    Familiar tones of “Pomp and Circumstance” echoed at South Jeffco graduations last week, when at least 670 high school seniors earned the right to turn tassels. Commencements took place for Chatfield High, D’Evelyn High and Front Range Christian School.

    Despite the standard processional fare, ceremonies ranged from traditional stripes of speech-and-music intervals to one at a church, where family members placed their hands on graduates and prayed for them.

  • Ted’s top tips for a safe summer

    In early May, our office learned that four people in the metro area had jewelry and cash stolen from their homes after opening the door to people calling themselves “neighbors.” As the weather becomes nicer, watch for this and other door-to-door scams. 

    Be savvy if approached by traveling home improvement contractors, magazine salespersons, or any stranger who comes to the door. Of course, not everyone who comes to your door has bad intentions. We simply advise a healthy dose of caution and a firm “no” if necessary.

  • A look at Jeffco-backed legislation in the 2010 session

    The Colorado General Assembly ended the 2010 legislative session last week, concluding months of active lobbying by Jefferson County on a handful of bills. The county, which has a $48,000 annual contract with the Lombard & Clayton lobbying firm, promoted several pieces of legislation of specific interest to Jeffco:

    • Senate Bill 97, county home rule charter commissions —