Today's News

  • Sparks fly over whether to close union negotiations

    Aspects of the Jeffco Public Schools budget were contentious, but more animosity was sparked among board members May 5 regarding whether to hold negotiations with employee unions in closed session. Though it failed on April 21 by a vote of 2-2, the issue was again raised at last week’s hearing, and a vote of 4-1 approved the measure.

    The prior vote was invalid, some board members argued, dismissing it on a technicality.

    The measure included a caveat that the Board of Education must direct a negotiating team before a closed session is held.

  • Indictment charges Moore in mall bombing

    A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Southwest Plaza bombing suspect Earl Albert Moore, charging the 65-year-old with using an improvised explosive device, a count that carries a possible sentence of 30 years to life. As with the prior federal case against him, which the indictment replaces, the grand jury also charged Moore with arson of a building, which has a possible sentence of five to 20 years.
    Moore pleaded not guilty to both counts at a Friday detention hearing.

  • School budget cuts include 153 teaching jobs

    The Jeffco school board last Thursday officially approved the 2011-12 budget, which slashes nearly $40 million and 212 full-time jobs, including 153 teaching positions.

    A 3 percent pay cut for all district staff, achieved through two furlough days and four fewer non-student-contact days, represents the largest chunk of the cuts — 42 percent, or $16 million.

    Also approved was a potential suspension of the popular sixth-grade Outdoor Lab Schools program, the implementation of student transportation fees and an increase in athletic fees.

  • Woman followed, robbed after leaving store

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in identifying a man sought in connection with an April 26 robbery in which a woman’s purse was stolen from her car in South Jeffco.
    The man reportedly spoke to the woman as she left a Target store, the Sheriff’s Office said, and he followed her in his car after she drove out of the parking area.

  • City of Boulder officially ends opposition to Jefferson Parkway

    The city of Boulder gave a nod of approval Tuesday to construction of the Jefferson Parkway, solidifying a land deal that trades the city’s acquiescence to the toll road for $5 million in Jeffco open space funds.

    Together, Boulder, Boulder County and Jeffco have agreed to contribute a total of $9.1 million toward the purchase of 640 acres of former Rocky Flats land, which would ultimately be transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a refuge.

  • GOP can’t bear another sideshow

    I’ve never been much of a believer in governmental conspiracy theories. First of all, I’ve not met many people creative enough to think of them. Second, there are few, if any, people who could actually carry one out. Finally, if it could be crafted and carried out, how in the world would you keep it a secret?

  • Chatfield pushes Conifer aside

    What do Xcel Energy and boys swimming teams have in common? They are both kicking their energy conservation programs into high gear in an effort to combat the rising heat that May brings.

    With just a couple of weeks before the state finals every team is putting forth their best effort to qualify as many kids as they can. But at the same time they are trying to keep the kids fresh and energized. On April 29, the Chatfield Chargers were a little more energized than their Conifer counterparts, walking away with a 186-115 victory at the Ridge Recreation Center. 

  • Kelly, Rebels storm Cougars

    LAKEWOOD — The Columbine boys lacrosse team picked up some positive energy going into the playoffs with an easy 11-4 victory over Evergreen on April 29 at Trailblazer Stadium.

    Columbine sophomore attacker Ryan Kelly scored four goals, including three in the first quarter.

     “The win brings us into the playoffs with some tempo,” Kelly said. “It’s a great win and it will give us a lot of the momentum we need to go far in the playoffs.”

  • Littin, Rogers part of eight in 2011 Columbine football HOF class

    Bryan Littin has spent the past 22 years serving in the U.S. Navy, first in San Diego, Calif., and now in Washington, D.C.

    Three years ago, on his move out east, he drove through Colorado on his way to Annapolis, Md. It was the last time the 1982 Columbine High School graduate and former football standout passed through the Rocky Mountains. When he comes back this week as one of eight inductees in the third class of the Colorado Football Hall of Fame it will be more than just a celebration it will be a reunion.

  • Roundup: Clough, Pedersen carry Rebels to 13-3 rout of rival Chatfield

    LAKEWOOD — Parker Clough went 2-for-4, including a solo home run, and three other Columbine players drove in two runs each in a 13-3 rout of rival Chatfield on April 30 at All-Star Park.

    The game was originally scheduled to be played at Columbine High School, but was relocated due to poor field conditions.

    Erik Pedersen, Michael Burns and Noah Durkin drove in two runs each for the Rebels (6-9, 3-2 5A Jeffco). Pedersen had three of Columbine’s 15 hits.

    Chatfield dropped to 8-9, 2-4 in league play.