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Today's News

  • Jeffco puts projects on back burner

    Jefferson County tabled funding last week for numerous multimillion-dollar projects, including a long-sought work-release facility designed to ease congestion at the county jail.

    Though more than $116 million in construction had been proposed, only $76 million in potential loans could be issued, mandated by the county’s 2009 approval of certificates of participation, a complex financing mechanism that leverages existing assets — such as the Taj Mahal — to pay for new projects.

  • $83 million in projects planned for Jeffco airport over 20 years

    Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport could see nearly $83 million in new projects over the next 20 years, a revision to the facility’s master plan indicates.

    The revised plan, which the county was set to approve Tuesday, calls for runway enhancements and other projects that will help Jeffco’s airport accommodate an anticipated surge in traffic from large corporate jets over the coming decades.

  • Board cuts two school days from 2011-12 calendar

    The Jeffco school board took steps toward positioning the district for sweeping budget reductions last week, trimming two days from the 2011-12 school year and cutting the number of credits required for high school graduation.

  • A testament to healing

    In assembling the final pieces of a documentary about life after the Columbine shootings, Steve LuKanic and his fellow producers took 120 hours of footage and narrowed the material down to only 90 minutes.

  • Tipsy’s to be closed for two days due to violation

    Tipsy’s Liquor World will be closed for two days in April due to a liquor license suspension the store was dealt March 31 in connection with wine being sold to a heavily intoxicated customer.

    The inebriated patron, who later drove himself home, was found late on Jan. 2 lying in Tipsy’s parking lot, partially under the truck of a customer who was shopping at the store’s deli.

  • Cause of flood at Taj Mahal undetermined

    Jefferson County has yet to specify the cause of a water-pipe rupture from which thousands of gallons gushed through the administrative wing of the Taj Mahal in February, but officials last week identified the incident’s total damages at $1.4 million.

    About 6,750 gallons of water flowed for about 45 minutes on Feb. 3 from the broken pipe above the county attorney’s office on the fifth floor, damaging 35,000 square feet of office space, said Dan Brindle, director of facilities and construction management.

  • Jeffco ranks 11th in state for quantity, quality of life

    Jefferson County’s rates of morbidity and mortality ranked 11th out of 57 Colorado counties, an extensive national study released last week by the University of Wisconsin reveals.

    Under the County Health Rankings study, more than 3,000 counties were assessed in areas ranging from rates of sexually transmitted infections to high school graduation percentages.

  • Inspections show wide range for local restaurants

    South Jeffco eateries had an average of 3.4 critical inspection violations in the last year, a Columbine Courier analysis of information from the Jefferson County health department shows.

    Full-service restaurants, which face the most scrutiny with three unannounced routine inspections per year, had critical violations ranging from as few as none to as many as 20.

    Convenience stores and fast-food restaurants, by contrast, are inspected only once or twice per year, respectively.

  • Artist reaches for the sky

    Just as the metro area’s weather took a dramatic turn last weekend, shifting from highs above 80 on Saturday to a snowstorm the following morning, far stranger things were happening on Neptune.

    The planet, for example, may have been experiencing a rainstorm — with liquid methane precipitating in beach-ball-size drops.

    And nearby, on Neptune’s largest moon, Triton, the entire atmosphere over one hemisphere may have been frozen to the surface during an unimaginably cold winter.

  • Kids’ sports should put fun first

    One of the best things about having four boys is the opportunity to get involved in youth sports, both as a parent and coach. Team sports was a big part of my life growing up, so it’s wonderful to see my own kids becoming part of something bigger than themselves. I can only hope that the lessons they learn stick with them as they stuck with me.