Today's News

  • Fired Jeffco employee files discrimination suit

    A former Jeffco information technology worker filed a discrimination lawsuit last month against the county, alleging her 2010 firing came in retaliation because of a formal complaint she made about her supervisor.

    The employee, Westminster resident Kim Foote, said she was frequently the brunt of the supervisor’s jokes and snide remarks, including “gimp and bubble baby,” made in reference to her physical disability and frequent injuries.

  • Eco-development group developing new brand

    The Jefferson Economic Council launched a re-branding campaign last month, a move the organization has cited as a means to distance itself from the county that currently provides more than half of its funding.

    The nonprofit, now officially dubbed the Jefferson County Economic Development Corp., is also seeking increased contributions from private businesses, a move designed to reduce the percentage of its funding from government entities.

  • Denver Democrat plans to challenge Coffman

    The November 2012 election is not likely in the forefront of prospective voters’ minds, but Denver Democrat Joe Miklosi is already rolling out a campaign in hopes of unseating incumbent Republican Mike Coffman in Congressional District 6.

    Miklosi, who currently serves as a representative in state House District 9, said he would focus his efforts in the congressional office on job growth, particularly for the middle class.

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  • Arrest ends search for man with gun

    A manhunt in South Jeffco ended on the evening of July 7, when police arrested a 50-year-old man in Lakewood who was suspected of brandishing a handgun hours earlier outside the The Edge Ice Arena.

    Charles Belter was arrested on suspicion of several charges, including attempted kidnapping, felony menacing, stalking and violation of a protective order, the Sheriff’s Office said.

    “This whole thing stemmed from an incident with his estranged wife. … They were in the parking lot at The Edge,” sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said.

  • Chatfield swim beach closed

    Officials closed Chatfield State Park’s swim beach beginning the morning of July 7, after a routine test revealed high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.

    The presence of the bacteria, which is commonly found in fecal matter, was detectable in tests performed on the following days, prolonging the beach closure over the weekend.

    The contamination is likely due to recent heavy rains, the park said, which can wash material into the reservoir, and high temperatures, which can encourage bacterial proliferation.

  • The importance of being pleasant

    I was recently at an awards ceremony where a local business executive was honored. In describing his philosophy about hiring employees, he noted that his first test is always to find pleasant people. That rang true with me, but I’d never heard anyone say it before.
    It made me wonder: Is pleasantness the most underrated human trait?

  • Teams embrace laid-back atmosphere

    Meet Abdullah Musleh for the Dakota Ridge Eagles. And Austin Genthe. And Jack Anderson. All wearing No. 20. That, in a nutshell, is the laid-back nature of summer basketball.

    “It could be confusing for the guy keeping track of fouls. It just kind of happened today,” Musleh said.

    Yes, the atmosphere is rather easygoing compared to the high school regular season, which runs from December through the state finals in March, but the summer season is important in building for what’s to come.

  • Dems’ persistence pays off for Chatfield in doubleheader opener

    Dylan Dems could’ve sulked after he was pinch hit for in the sixth inning, but he didn’t. Instead, the rising Chatfield junior proved his mettle when he got another chance in the eighth.

    The Chargers second baseman sent George Couglin’s 1-1 pitch — his 104th pitch overall — up the middle with two outs in the eighth and pinch runner Cody Cordova scored from second for a 4-3 victory over Lakewood in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The Tigers bounced back to win Game 2 by a 6-1 score.

  • Selfless Wallin, Eagles sweep Buffs

    Most players that have been asked to step up for Dakota Ridge this summer in big situations have done so. Dakota Wallin was no exception on June 29 against Smoky Hill at Dakota Ridge High School. 

    Wallin pitched a complete game scattering eight hits with five strikeouts and only one walk leading the Eagles to a 4-2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. Dakota Ridge won the second game 12-1.