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Today's News

  • SWARM girls rugby team battles injuries, doubters in quest for success

    Shoulder surgery to repair a dislocated rotator cuff. A broken nose. Plenty of doubters. And, yet, Lindsay Caprio wouldn’t have it any other way. The 16-year-old Chatfield junior is a rugby player, no doubt about it.

  • Jeffco plans joint venture with land developers

      Almost a third of the land owned by Jeffco’s airport would be commercially developed under an unprecedented plan in which any ultimate profits would be split with a private firm based in Denver.

    Details of a contract for the joint venture, the first public-private partnership land deal in Jefferson County’s 148-year history, may not be finalized for months.

  • Meetings set for input on Jeffco master plan

       Jefferson County is updating its 10 community plans as part of its new Comprehensive Master Plan.

    Meetings to gather citizen input for the South Jeffco plan will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, at the Ken Caryl Ranch House, 7676 S. Continental Divide Road, and on Wednesday, July 28, at the Columbine Library.

  • 'Riddle King' to entertain kids at Columbine Library on Thursday

    It’s no joke. Mike Thaler, America’s riddle king, will pay a visit to the Conifer and Columbine libraries for a quick lesson in funny to promote his new book series and share his own story.

    Thaler will visit both the Conifer and Columbine branches of the Jefferson County Public Library on July 29. During his visit, he will teach kids how to make up riddles; read from his book “The Teacher From the Black Lagoon;” give autographs; and answer questions.

  • Judge gives prosecutors access to Eastwood jail records

    The defense team for Deer Creek Middle School shooting suspect Bruco Eastwood lost a round July 23, when a judge overturned a prior ruling that prevented prosecutors from accessing the defendant’s jail records.

    District Judge Christopher Munch also denied a defense attorney’s request to close the motions hearing to the public.

  • Stark-led Rush brings home Gothia Cup championship

    GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN — Brittney Stark scored a hat trick and the Colorado Rush’s U-14 girls soccer program completed a perfect run through the Gothia Cup with a 3-2 championship game victory over Boo IF in the GU 15 age group.

  • The political season is upon us

    From county commissioner to Colorado governor, Jeffco voters face very crowded ballots this year, and as the primary election approaches on Aug. 10, our opinion pages will no doubt become more crowded as well.

    Before the usual avalanche of political letters to the editor — and the subsequent phone calls asking why some letters haven’t appeared — I’d like to review our policy.

    • All letters must be accompanied by a verifiable name, along with information that allows us to contact the author.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Fire burning along Hogback south of Morrison

    Firefighters were at the scene of a blaze on open land south of Morrison on Monday afternoon.

    The fire, near C-470 and U.S. 285, was being pushed north along the Hogback by strong winds.

    The on-ramp from Morrison Road to eastbound C-470 was closed.

     

  • Good teachers change lives

    Did you ever have a really great teacher? Someone who changed your life?

    I’ve been lucky to have more than one. In elementary school, I wasn’t the easiest kid — you could say I was pretty tough. These days I’d surely be diagnosed with ADD (actually, to say I had an attention deficit is a huge understatement). But Mrs. Arnold and Mrs. Ballangee stuck with me. It would have been easy to ignore this rowdy kid, but they put in extra hours, helping me learn what I couldn’t have learned on my own. I’m grateful they did.

  • Kauffman touts experience in treasurer race

      Republican Tim Kauffman was working as a commercial banker when he was called in 2008 and asked to replace newly elected Commissioner Faye Griffin as Jeffco treasurer. And though he was not new to politics, it took a bit of coaxing before he agreed to fill the office.

    “My phone rang after the election in 2008. … They kept calling, and I realized this might be a really good fit,” said Kauffman, 42, a Westminster resident who served on the city council for seven years, four of which he was mayor pro tem.