Today's News

  • Saye’s return to riding not what he was hoping for

    LAKEWOOD — Entering the Thunder Valley Nationals was a challenge in its own rights for Tucker Saye. Racing in it proved to be just as difficult.

    The 21-year-old Littleton native failed to qualify for the 40-rider 450cc motocross finals June 25 in the fifth of 12 stops this season for the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Saye finished 53rd atop his Suzuki RMZ 450 with a best lap time of 2:26.666 in qualifying.

  • Hunting classes teaches safety

    Colorado is a hunter’s dream with its bevy of wildlife, but state law prohibits anyone born after Jan. 1, 1949 from hunting without first taking a gun safety class. So for the past 40 years, the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) has provided hunter education and safety classes.

    According to the DOW’s website, the law was set in place to combat the high number of fatal hunting accidents, which averaged nine deaths per year in the 60s. Since then, the number of fatalities has dropped significantly to approximately 1.6 deaths as of 2004.

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  • Former county administrator settles suit with Jeffco for $175,000

    Former Jeffco county administrator Jim Moore settled his wrongful-termination lawsuit against the county in May, collecting $175,000 under a deal that prohibits both parties from discussing the case.

    Moore, who was fired from the high-level position in December 2009, received less than $38,000 of the total, with the remaining $137,000 being paid to his attorneys.

    Though a federal judge dismissed Commissioner Faye Griffin and former commissioners Kathy Hartman and Kevin McCasky as defendants in late April, the county itself was not dismissed until June 2.

  • State ethics commission will investigate McCasky

    The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission has initiated a full investigation into the hiring of former Jeffco commissioner Kevin McCasky by an economic council to which he voted to direct county funds while being considered for the council’s high-paying top job.

    McCasky, now president of the Jefferson Economic Council, was hired by the nonprofit in January, shortly after he proposed increasing the county’s annual general-fund contribution to the council from $380,000 to $400,000.

  • Board approves tasting permit for Tipsy’s

    In a decision at odds with its own policy, the Jeffco liquor board approved on June 9 a new beer and wine tasting permit for Tipsy’s Liquor World two months after the store was ordered closed for two days for selling wine to a visibly intoxicated man.

  • County still weighing OK on vacation rentals

    The Jeffco commissioners inched closer to approving short-term vacation rentals June 14, directing staff to initiate the long process of changing zoning regulations.

  • County to make $90,000 in repairs to Taj Mahal dome

    Jefferson County is planning to spend nearly $90,000 repairing the Taj Mahal’s atrium dome, which will involve resealing leaky metal seams around the windows.

    Dripping water has been a constant issue since heavy rains began earlier this year, the county said.

    “We have a lot of buckets down there. That’s not good,” facilities director Dan Brindle said in a June 14 meeting with the Board of Commissioners. “The caulking in the dome is 20 years old. … We’d like to get that done as soon as possible.”

  • Jeffco planning to sell public health campus

    Jefferson County is planning to sell its 18-acre public health campus in Lakewood to Colorado Christian University for a total of $3.75 million.

    The county initially sought bids for the property at 260 S. Kipling St. last year but received no offers. A representative from CCU contacted the county administrator recently, indicating a desire to expand the school’s campus.

    Jeffco also recently received a $2.8 million bid from Goldberg Properties, an offer it may entertain if the potential deal with the university falls through.

  • For these fathers, a day at a time

    Miniature candy-bar wrappers crinkle as a dozen men seated at a circle of tables take bites, stacking the wrappers in small piles and listening intently as others take turns speaking.

    They come from all parts of the metro area. Among them are a construction worker, a musician, an unemployed welder and a stand-up comedian.

    Their backgrounds vary, but stories of divorce, financial struggles and incarceration are common.