Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sheriff issues fire restrictions

    New fire restrictions have been issued for parts of unincorporated Jefferson County in an attempt to reduce human-caused wildfires.

    Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink issued stage 1 temporary fire restrictions effective July 1 for land west of Highway 93, C-470, Highway 121 and south of C-470, according to spokesman Mark Techmeyer. Violations are punishable by a fine up to $600.

    The following activities are prohibited:

  • Fearing cuts, library board keeping budget draft under wraps

    The Jeffco library system is anticipating significant budget cuts in 2012, and its board plans to withhold a budget draft from most of the library system’s employees until the document is presented later this month to the county commissioners.

  • Former Jeffco official wants to testify in McCasky case

    Former Jeffco county administrator Jim Moore offered last week to testify in an ethics investigation of former commissioner Kevin McCasky, though the county apparently will not lift a confidentiality agreement and enable Moore to do so.

    Moore, who recently settled his wrongful-termination lawsuit against the county for $175,000, said that, during his time working for Jeffco, he kept detailed notes about county activities that he considered questionable.

  • Group breaks ground for memorial to air rescue crews

    Brothers Steven and Kevin Sweeney were just boys when they marveled at the sight of Flight for Life helicopters zipping over Jeffco, and they tracked the aircrafts around the foothills and spotting where they would land.

    Decades later, no one was surprised when both Sweeneys landed careers in the field of emergency flight, with Kevin working for AirLife Denver and Steven managing investor relations for Air Methods in Englewood.

  • Commissioners reject bonus pay for county workers

    The Jeffco commissioners rejected nearly $200,000 in bonus pay on June 21 for employees who participated in a savings program that trimmed more than $550,000 from the county’s 2011 budget.

    Not all county departments participated in the voluntary incentive plan, which allowed departments to apply for some of the funds they saved through efficiency measures.

    Commissioners Faye Griffin and Don Rosier voted June 28 to approve the budget amendment; Commissioner John Odom was not present at the public hearing.