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Today's News

  • Bipartisan effort toes admirable line

    Democrats took control of the Colorado Senate by a narrow 18-17 margin after the 2000 election. Republicans maintained control of the House and the governor’s office. When incoming Senate President Stan Matsunaka spoke at the annual pre-legislative forum sponsored by the Colorado Press Association that year, he announced that because he didn’t believe a split legislature could agree on a plan, the Senate wouldn’t try to pass a bill to establish congressional districts for the next 10 years and the issue would be passed onto the courts.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Architect of his own destruction

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A local man headed home from a night of drinking at a Denver bar was reportedly well aware he took in a bit too much holiday cheer. After driving erratically on Dec. 16, the driver was pulled over by a deputy, to whom he reportedly said, “I’m so screwed.” To no one’s surprise, the man did not ace his roadside maneuvers, and he was taken to detox.

     

  • Year in review: Top 10 sports stories

    2010 saw many things, from a first in cross country running to a program lacking numbers forced to take a break to a youth soccer team conquering the world. The following is a list of the Columbine Courier’s Top 10 sports stories for the past year:

  • 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.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    You can bank on this one

  • 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.