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Today's News

  • Open space, closed government

    After crafting a deal to acquire 19 acres in the Rooney Valley last December, Jeffco officials portrayed the purchase as a routine Open Space buy and kept secret the transaction’s role in settling a lawsuit by a group of developers, a Courier investigation shows.

    A lawsuit currently pending against the county charges that the machinations contributed to Jeffco’s top administrator, Jim Moore, being fired after he voiced objections to the lack of transparency.

  • Small ball goes long way for Columbine

    Nate Andrews may only be a rising freshman, but, at least for one game, he pitched well beyond his years.

  • For little leaguers, it’s about the game

     

    The sky was clear and the weather was mild — just right for championship baseball. The audience was cheering and the coaches were yelling out instructions, but for the boys and girls on the field there was nothing else happening in the world.

  • Eastwood arraignment rescheduled for July 12

     

    The arraignment for suspected Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood was rescheduled Monday following a request from a defense lawyer. Discovery documents in the case have burgeoned to about 5,000 pages, and the defense has yet to fully review all of them.

    “With regard to the expansive discovery, I would like to have gone through that,” public defender Thea Reiff said about reviewing the documents before Eastwood enters a plea.

  • South Jeffco burglars target open garage doors

    A string of burglaries in South Jeffco has prompted the Sheriff’s Office to urge residents to practice the simple precaution of closing their garage doors. Thieves have boldly entered at least three local homes and another in the northern part of the county since May 17 through open garage doors.

    “Normally it’s a quick hit,” sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said. “But you don’t often see this, where they’ll make entry into the house.”

  • 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.

  • County weighs bids for project at Wadsworth and Bowles

      Jefferson County is considering construction bids for an $8.3 million project at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Bowles Avenue, moving one step closer to breaking ground on an overhaul that will include a pedestrian bridge over the busy intersection.

    Four contractors submitted individual bids ranging from $5.3 million to $6.7 million. Though the county is likely to accept the low bid, the proposal must pass a review and be approved by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

  • Schools’ 2010 budget cuts 70 teachers

     

    Seventy teaching positions will be eliminated following adoption of the Jeffco school district’s 2010-11 budget, which pares $14 million from the previous year’s allotment. A total of 136 district jobs are being cut.

    Other reductions include decreased transportation routes, larger class sizes and fewer elective course offerings. The district is tapping $36 million in reserve funds to help bridge part of the budget gap. The spending reductions follow dramatic decreases in state funding.

  • American White Pelicans nest at Johnson Reservoir

    Gliding frequently in majestic patterns of perfect synchronicity above South Jeffco, a migratory flock of American white pelicans has returned to its short seasonal residence at Johnson Reservoir. Though the species has been known to nest in the state since 1962, the small group of birds near Clement Park has made appearances only in recent years.

    Foothills Park & Recreation District workers began noticing the pelicans about six or seven years ago, an employee said.

  • Braving the perils of the podium

    Indiana humorist Kin Hubbard had a problem with graduation speeches: He felt that the really important stuff should be spread out over all four years, rather than saved up for one address at the end.