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Today's News

  • Conifer’s Mike Daniels challenging incumbent Kopp for state Senate

    Conifer Democrat Mike Daniels slid in just under the wire, getting his name on the ballot in state Senate District 22 on June 3, at virtually the last possible minute.

  • Democrat Hartman hopes to harness GOP support

    Jeffco Commissioner Kathy Hartman was the first Democrat elected to the board in 14 years when she won the seat in 2006. And if re-elected this year, she would trump historical odds be becoming the first in 50 years to win two consecutive terms.

    But even in a Republican stronghold, it may not be entirely surprising that some conservative voters supported her. Hartman is a former Republican — she crossed the aisle in 2004 and took a number of Republican ideals with her.

  • South Jeffco's Rosier takes on Hartman in commission race

    South Jeffco resident Don Rosier doesn’t have a political background, but the Republican says his experience as a government outsider makes him uniquely qualified to run for the District 3 seat on the Board of Commissioners.

    Rosier, a Jeffco Public Schools graduate, has worked for two decades as a civil engineer, dealing with development, water use and budgeting. Rosier is challenging incumbent Democrat Kathy Hartman in the November election.

  • Sen. Kopp making big plans for smaller state government

    Anticipating his re-election in November, state Sen. Mike Kopp has some big plans for his next term in the legislature. But with the possibility of the Democratic majority holding its edge, Kopp’s blueprint for shrinking Colorado’s government could face a challenge.

    Kopp, a Republican who is up for re-election this year in South Jeffco’s District 22, was running unopposed until a few weeks ago, when Conifer Democrat Mike Daniels threw his hat into the ring at virtually the last minute.

  • Mink looks ahead to next term

    Heading into an election without an opponent, Sheriff Ted Mink isn’t worried about staying in office. But in an interview, he stressed the upcoming challenges his department will face.

    Though the Sheriff’s Office has yet to lay off any employees in the face of an expected budget decline, the looming shortfall will present challenges. And a new state law likely will put additional stress on the jail.

  • New Open Space leader outlines plans

    The new director of the Jefferson County Open Space Division looks forward to an era in which protecting existing property takes on a bigger role than acquisitions did under the previous administration.

    “We own 52,000 acres of land, and there's a lot to be done in being good stewards of that land,” said Tom Hoby, director of Jefferson County Community Resources and Open Space. Hoby became director in April, succeeding longtime chief Ralph Schell, who was named county administrator last December.

  • Groups help pay shooting victim's medical bills

    Medical expenses may have been the last thing on Pattie Duhamel’s mind after her son Matt Thieu was shot Feb. 23 outside Deer Creek Middle School. Thankful that Matt’s life was saved by medical teams at Littleton Adventist Hospital and Children’s Hospital, tens of thousands of dollars in bills was, by comparison, a trifling detail.

    But facing more than $90,000 in charges from the hospitals and an ambulance ride, Duhamel, who works as a caregiver for a quadriplegic young girl, found herself months later struggling to address the daunting sum.

  • 400-acre fire at Lockheed fully contained

    A grass fire that spread to about 400 acres on Lockheed Martin’s property near Roxburough State Park was fully extinguished Sunday evening after burning for more than two days.

    Though no structures were at risk, about 50 horses were evacuated from a nearby stable on Saturday morning. The fire began after 4 p.m. Oct. 8 and did not cause any injuries.

  • Getting back to normal

    Michael Vrabel thinks about it from time to time. And for Derek Valdez, it was a scary time in his young life.

    Little did the now sixth-graders — Vrabel at Falcon Bluff Middle School; Valdez at Stony Creek Elementary — and teammates for the South Jeffco Sports Association Pirates, a sixth-grade football team, know that their lives were on a similar path nearly eight years ago.

  • Eagles back on winning track

    LAKEWOOD — After suffering a tough 35-16 loss to Monarch the previous week, Dakota Ridge found its homecoming game against Brighton last Friday at Jefferson County Stadium to be anything but easy.

    The Eagles (4-2, 2-1 Mountain Plains) fell behind Brighton (2-4, 0-3) 6-0 before reeling off 23 unanswered points to win 23-6. 

    “Their confidence was shaken a little bit after the loss to Monarch,” Dakota Ridge coach Ron Woitalewicz said. “I think this is a good win that will allow us to get our confidence back.”