Today's News

  • Kopp announces bid for governor

    Former South Jeffco state senator Mike Kopp has announced he will seek the Republican nomination in the 2014 gubernatorial race. 

    Kopp represented Senate District 22 from 2006-2011 and was the leader of Senate Republicans from 2010 until his resignation in 2011. Kopp resigned to be with his four children after his wife, Kimberly, died of cancer. 

  • Commissioners weigh county property-tax increase

    As Jeffco begins to finalize its budget for 2014, the county confronts the same dilemma it has faced for several years — how to do more with less. 

    Jeffco’s projected revenues for 2014 will not cover what the county is expecting to spend next year, so the county commissioners are considering reinstating part of the mill levy they reduced several years ago. 

  • Workmanlike Lady Eagles headed back to state

    Rachelle Foos knew the situation. The Dakota Ridge senior pitcher talked to her teammates prior to playing Chatfield in the 5A Region 3 tournament Oct. 12 at Dave Sanders Field at Clement Park. She told them that the Lady Chargers were going to hit and that they were going to score, but that Dakota Ridge needed to come out, in her words, “10 times harder.”

    Dakota Ridge did that with a workmanlike approach, and the Lady Eagles are headed back to the 5A state tournament for a third consecutive year following an 8-2 victory.

  • Lady Chargers returning to state

    It went without saying that 2013 was going to be a challenging season for the Chatfield Lady Chargers. Last year’s team rode Rebecka Mintz’s pitching and Carlie Sexton’s hitting to a 5A state tournament berth. But both of them graduated, and this year’s squad had to fill those spots through a handful of players. With the perseverance Chatfield showed Oct. 12 at the 5A Region 3 softball tournament, the spots have been filled quite nicely.

  • Eagles can’t catch Pomona, RV

    Dakota Ridge cross country runner Cameron Mattson put into perspective quite clearly what the Eagles had to do Oct. 11 at Clement Park if they wanted to reclaim their position as the top boys team in the 5A Jeffco League.

    “Sometimes you have to beat the other teams rather than each other,” Mattson said. “Our overall goal is to beat the other team.”

  • Making a statement at 5A boys tennis

    The 2013 5A state boys tennis championships saw a number of firsts. For Adam Rivera, he was the first Dakota Ridge player to qualify for state in eight years. For Columbine’s Andy Wright, he was in the field as a singles player instead of as a doubles player. And for Chatfield, it was time for the Chargers to score a pair of third-place finishes at No. 1 singles and doubles en route to a fifth-place team run. The following vignettes highlight this year’s tournament, held Oct. 10-12 at Denver’s Gates Tennis Center, for nine local players.

  • Congress needs to hear citizens’ voices

    By Jim Rohrer
    Is there anyone who is not fed up with Congress? We have a government shutdown, and a more serious crisis looms if Congress doesn’t come to some agreement about extending the debt limit.

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  • PTA president appointed to school board

    Jefferson County PTA president Michele Patterson has been appointed to the vacant seat on the Jeffco school board.

    Board president Lesley Dahlkemper made the appointment after the school board deadlocked in trying to name a replacement for Robin Johnson, who resigned from the District 1 seat in August after moving out of the county.

    Patterson's stay on the board will be short — the District 1 seat is up for election next month, along with two other seats on the five-member board. 

  • School board deadlocks on filling vacant seat

    The District 1 seat on the Jeffco school board remained vacant after board members failed to select from among five applicants last Thursday evening.

    At its Oct. 3 meeting, the board interviewed and discussed the five applicants for the vacant seat. After the interviews, board members discussed their top two candidates — Michele Patterson and Dan Green.