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Today's News

  • Trial postponed for alleged Deer Creek gunman

    The trial of alleged Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood was postponed last week by more than six months, following approval of a request from the prosecution to have the suspect’s mental health re-evaluated.

    Eastwood, who faces 15 charges, including four counts of attempted murder, waived his right to a speedy trial. The original trial date of March 8 was rescheduled during the Feb. 18 motions hearing to Sept. 16.

    The move came almost a year from the Feb. 23, 2010, shootings, which injured students Matt Thieu and Reagan Weber.

  • Jeffco deal with Boulder coming apart

    Negotiations over the joint purchase of former Rocky Flats land unraveled this week, after Boulder officials voiced continued opposition to the Jefferson Parkway toll road being constructed nearby.
    Since the government entities — Boulder, Boulder County and Jeffco — tentatively agreed late last year to the idea of collectively funding the purchase of the wildlife refuge known as Section 16, a concrete arrangement has yet to be formed.

  • On the road to Western adventure

    The Lariat Loop has launched a new name and a membership campaign to help promote businesses and historic sites along the 40-mile scenic route through the foothills.

    The group's new theme, "Lariat Loop, 40 miles of Western adventure," will be launched this spring as part of a cooperative brand marketing campaign to go along with its more visible status as a tourist destination.

  • Library district is not needed

    By Jeffco Board of Commissioners

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A Freon spirit is reined in

  • Repeat feels sweet for Rebels’ Campton

    WESTMINSTER — Tony Campton knows what it feels like to be a regional wrestling champion. The Columbine 285-pounder did it a year ago. But this season, his senior year, winning it again would be something special. So, he made sure he went out a winner.

    Campton, who recently signed his letter of intent to play football at CSU-Pueblo, used a methodical game plan to take down Kyle Jamison of Central-Grand Junction, pinning his foe in 5 minutes, 7 seconds of the 5A Region 2 finals at Westminster High School on Feb. 12.

  • Hartman named director of diversion services

    Former Jeffco Commissioner Kathy Hartman was hired by the district attorney’s office recently as director of diversion services for Jefferson and Gilpin Counties.

    Hartman will begin the new position on March 1, heading 20 staff members.

    The diversion program provides nonviolent, first-time felons with opportunities to give restitution and seek appropriate professional treatment. Successful participants in the program are eligible to have felonies erased from their records.

    More than 1,000 participants are usually enrolled in the program.

  • Chatfield’s Vigil, three others qualify for state

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Michael Vigil, who transferred to Chatfield’s wrestling team this season after Dakota Ridge’s program was cut for the 2010-11 season, took second place at the 5A Region 1 tournament at Coronado High School on Feb. 12.

    The 119-pounder reached the finals before being pinned by Fountain-Fort Carson’s Jacob Mondragon in 5 minutes, 31 seconds.

  • Eagles chasing league crown

    After winning its past three games by eight points or less, Dakota Ridge allowed its fans to breathe a little easier on Feb. 11 at Dakota Ridge High School. 

    The Lady Eagles picked up an easy 61-44 victory over visiting Lakewood to stay alive in the race for the 5A Jeffco League Title. Wins in their final two regular season games, including one at Ralston Valley on Feb. 15 — results from that game weren’t available at press time — would give the Eagles (16-5, 11-3 5A Jeffco) at least a share of the league crown. 

  • Jeffco graduation rates dip slightly

    Jeffco’s 2010 high school graduation rates were slightly higher than statewide averages, figures released last week from the Colorado Department of Education show. But the district’s own rate dropped slightly from 2009.

    Among all Jeffco high schools, 5,390 students graduated within traditional four-year timelines, a new standard utilized by the Department of Education. The graduation rate for 2010 was 78.1 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from 2009 but nonetheless higher than the current statewide average of 72.4 percent.