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Today's News

  • Littleton/Englewood Fourth fireworks canceled

    The Littleton/Englewood Fourth of July Family Festival and fireworks at Cornerstone, Belleview and Progress parks has been canceled, on the orders of Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson, June 28. The Sheriff has banned all public or commercial fireworks displays in the county in connection with the open burning ban. A zero tolerance policy toward fireworks of any kind will be in effect. The ban is in force due to the extreme fire danger and forecast of extended dry and hot weather.

  • 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.

  • Everett prevails in GOP primary in House District 22

    Community activist Justin Everett handily defeated opponent Loren Bauman on Tuesday in the Republican primary in state House District 22 in South Jeffco.

    Everett captured 3,632 votes, or 65 percent, compared to 1,970, or 35 percent, for Bauman, based on unofficial results compiled by the Jefferson County clerk and recorder.

    Meanwhile, in the GOP primary in the 1st Congressional District, Danny Stroud beat Richard Murphy 11,781, or 65 percent, to 6,353, or 35 percent. 

  • Jeffco sheriff bans sale, possession of fireworks

    The Jeffco sheriff has banned the sale, use or possession of fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county, including on federal lands.

    The Sheriff's Office issued the ban Tuesday after the county commissioners earlier in the day voted unanimously to give the sheriff authority to ban firework sales under terms of a new ordinance.

    Violators will be subject to a $600 fine. Before the ordinance was passed, the sheriff had the authority only to ban use of fireworks, but sales were still allowed.

  • Sheriff’s Office roars into the future

    “Don’t run from Jefferson County deputies,” Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink warns with a chuckle.
    That’s because the department is deploying the fastest, most technologically advanced patrol car on the road, according to Rusty Hardy, Jeffco fleet manager.
    Hardy, an 18-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, said Jeffco is the first law enforcement agency in Colorado to introduce the 2013 Ford Interceptor into its fleet.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Shattered dreams

  • Chargers’ Ohlschwager taking her game to Bethany College

    When it comes to Kristi Ohlschwager the University of Montana Western’s loss has become Bethany College’s gain.
    The 5-foot-7 Chatfield guard was ready to sign a letter-of-intent to play for the NAIA Frontier Conference school, but she stopped hearing from the coaching staff. And for good reason. They were undergoing a coaching change.

  • Chatfield alum holds his own at Slacker race

    GEORGETOWN — Danny Whelan had a pretty legitimate reason for settling for the 4-miler instead of the Slacker Half-Marathon on June 23.
    “Honestly, I’m not in good enough shape to run a half-marathon,” Whelan said.
    Too many beers will do that to you.
    But the 29-year-old Greenwood Village resident and 2001 Chatfield Senior High School graduate was more than capable of leading the way in the shorter-distance race, winning in a time of 22 minutes, 12 seconds.

  • CHS alum Akerfelds succumbs to cancer

    Former Columbine standout Darrel Akerfelds, who served 11 years as the San Diego Padres bullpen coach, died June 24 of pancreatic cancer. He was 50.
    Akerfelds, who pitched for five seasons in the major leagues after being drafted seventh overall in the 1983 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners, was diagnosed with the disease in December 2010. He also pitched for the Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies, recording a 9-10 record with a 5.08 earned run average.

  • Summer 7-on-7s are a passing fancy

    DENVER — There are no shoulder pads, no pants just shorts, no offensive or defensive lines, no running plays and no rushing the quarterback.
    It’s two-hand touch. Defenses score three points for every interception and touchdowns are worth seven points with no extra points involved.
    It’s flag football without the flags.