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Today's News

  • Jeffco sees record turnout in all-mail primary

    Jefferson County voters responded in record numbers to the first all-mail-in primary election, with the 2010 voter turnout vastly surpassing that of previous years.

    An all-time high of 97,447 ballots — 47.41 percent of the 205,539 eligible voters — had been counted by early Wednesday morning, when all precincts had finished tallying votes.

    By contrast, the closely watched primary elections of 2004 and 2008 turned out only 32.14 percent and 36.74 percent of qualified voters, respectively.

  • Operator error cited in Tiny Town derailment

     

    The Tiny Town train is expected to be running again this week after a derailment Aug. 11 left 20 adults and children injured. Operator error is being blamed for the accident.

    Before the ride is reopened, all of the park’s trains will be checked for mechanical defects, even though mechanical issues are not suspected.

  • Tiny Town fined $30,500 in train derailment: Fine must be paid before train can run again

    Tiny Town has been fined $30,500 for issues surrounding the Aug. 11 train derailment that injured 20 people.

    The fine was assessed to the park Aug. 20 because the person operating the train when it derailed had not been adequately trained, according to Susan DeMeules, program manager for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Division of Oil and Public Safety.

  • Mail-in primary ballots on way to Jefferson County voters

     

    Primary ballots were sent to 215,000 Jefferson County residents last week, marking the county's first primary election to be conducted solely by mail-in voting.

    Though a handful of statewide races will be affected by the primary election, there are no contested primary races in South Jeffco.

    “The last of them were delivered to the post office yesterday,” Deputy of Elections Josh Liss said July 22. “Ballots must be received in our office by 7 p.m. on election night, Aug. 10.”

  • Search for tolerance continues

    In the week following the Sept. 11 attacks, Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette attended religious services at both a Jewish synagogue and an Islamic mosque. Her visit to Temple Emanuel coincided with our Rosh Hashanah services, which are very well attended, and Rabbi Steve Foster, the spiritual leader of the congregation, welcomed her publicly and made a point of telling everyone in attendance that she was attending the mosque that week as well.

  • Eagles get help for first win of season

    BROOMFIELD — Scott Burroughs is pretty proud and rightfully so. The Dakota Ridge boys golf coach had watched his Eagles stare up to Ralston Valley in the first two meets of the season, struggling to find  some help for top-of-the-line golfers Zach Tripp and Drew Vance.

  • Hicks: Academic rules a no-win situation for athletes

    There’s one school, like many in the state of Colorado, that follows CHSAA guidelines when it comes to athletic participation. CHSAA is the Colorado High School Activities Association, and high school football coaches will tell you that a player can’t have two Fs the week prior to a game or they are ineligible to play.

  • Front Range Christian finishes 14th in 23-team field at Eaton Invite

    The competition was a little stiffer and there was more of it. So Front Range Christian’s 14th-place finish in the 23-team Eaton Invitational boys golf match on Aug. 19 wasn’t quite the same as the Falcons’ second-place finish two days earlier at Lone Tree Golf Course. But that’s not to say all was a lost cause. Far from it.

  • ‘I love the first day of school’

      Ken Caryl Middle School principal Pat Sandos was out in front of the school Monday morning, following his routine of directing traffic.

    It was a sight that months ago seemed uncertain. The school, one of many Jeffco Public Schools selected for closure by a citizen panel, was spared by the Board of Education.

    So Aug. 23, the first day of school, might have seemed a bit sweeter than usual for a staff once unsure about the status of their jobs.

  • Body found in pond at local park

    A body was discovered Tuesday afternoon in the pond at Wingate South Park near South Carr Street and West Ute Avenue.

    The coroner has identified the body, though a name of the female victim has not been released. The body may be that of a 24-year-old local woman who had not been seen for several days.

    Foul play is not suspected, said sheriff's office spokesman Mark Techmeyer.