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Today's News

  • Boulder accepts Jeffco’s $5 million carrot, drops opposition to toll road

    Boulder officials accepted a $5 million carrot from Jefferson County on Dec. 21 and will abandon decades-old resistance to the proposed Jefferson Parkway in exchange for the contribution toward purchasing 640 acres of open space.

    Both the Boulder City Council and the Boulder County commissioners unanimously passed resolutions officially dropping their objections to the toll road, which would complete the metro-area beltway.

  • Ute Meadows students win stock show art competition

    Ute Meadows Elementary School students recently submitted artwork for the 2011 Youth Art Show at the National Western Stock Show and won in several classes. Sean McMullen was the grand champion, Levi Huff and Cameron Newlander won champion and Caylee Butvilofsky, Anna Nica and Sophia Stromberg won reserve champion.
    The champions will have their artwork professionally framed and displayed on the third floor of the Expo Hall during the 2011 National Western Stock Show to be held Jan. 8-23.

  • No, Virginia, there is no transparency in Jeffco

    “This is a quarter of a billion dollars in stimulus we can’t pass up,” exalted County Commissioner Kevin McCasky in a story last week. “It’s going to be a great Christmas.”
    Commissioner McCasky clearly has caught the holiday spirit and envisions a joyous Noel at the Taj Mahal. In fact, he’s even provided the snow job.

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  • Jeffco departments find ways to cope with tight budgets

    Forgoing a new computer system, holding on to aging patrol cars longer and saving money on postage are among actions by Jefferson County departments in the face of nearly $30 million in budget cuts. And despite such reductions in the county’s $477 million 2011 budget, passed Dec. 7, the public is unlikely to notice a difference in county services, officials said.

  • Jeffco district renews Stevenson’s contract

    Dr. Cindy Stevenson will remain in charge of Jefferson County Public Schools for another year.

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously to approve a new contract for Stevenson, who has been superintendent since 2002.

    Under the terms of the one-year contract that starts June 1, 2011, Stevenson’s salary will be $205,500. The contract expires on June 30, 2012. There is no increase in salary, bonus opportunity or benefits from Stevenson’s prior contract, according to a district news release.

  • Cabela’s hopes to acquire former site of Jeffco animal shelter

    One of the country’s largest hunting-and-fishing-equipment retailers has set its sights on the former Table Mountain Animal Center property.

    Cabela’s, purveyor of guns, ammunition and fishing rods, recently offered $2.55 million, along with Molson Coors, to purchase 30 acres of land that originally was purchased by Jefferson County in 1931 for only $10.

  • Man in standoff at home sentenced in peeping-tom case

    A South Jeffco man arrested after he barricaded himself inside his foreclosed home in November was sentenced Dec. 17 to six months in jail on an unrelated charge stemming from an alleged peeping-tom incident.

    David Rothe pleaded not guilty to the original peeping-tom charges, including an attempted count, which allegedly occurred in 2009. He was acquitted in August on all counts but convicted on a lesser charge regarding the attempted-peeping-tom allegation.

  • Lighten up

    Elves, a gingerbread man and a small family of Dalmatian puppies inhabit South Jeffco resident Bernita Behounek’s yard every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

    The festive group of hand-painted wooden figures is a 25-year tradition at her home, one that along with thousands of twinkling Christmas lights reliably draws a steady flow of onlookers in the days leading up to Dec. 25.

  • 'Playing to help'

    Students in Dakota Ridge High School teacher Jenny Lippiat’s market class were grasping desperately for an idea.

    Nearly halfway through the semester in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, the class of 18 needed a platform to showcase their event-planning skills. A previous attempt to organize a disc-golf tournament fell flat, and the students were at a loss for how to make the most of a challenging class.

    Then came a bit of relative stardom for senior Graham Stookey, a singer-songwriter whose YouTube video garnered more than 200,000 hits.