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Today's News

  • School board votes to put tax increase on ballot

    The Jeffco school board voted 4-1 at its June 7 meeting to put a property-tax increase on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

    County residents will vote on a $39 million mill-levy increase and a $99 million bond issue. The mill levy would represent a tax increase of about $111 per year for the owner of a $250,000 home. The bond would represent an increase of $19.80 per year for the same home.

    However, a bond issued in 1992 is scheduled to retire in December, so the net impact of the measures would be about $40 per year for the owner of a $250,000 home.

  • Season's first free concert at Clement Park canceled

    Threatening weather canceled the summer's first free concert at Clement Park on Thursday night.

    The performance by Chris Daniels & the Kings, part of the free summer concert series sponsored by the Foothills Park & Rec District, was rescheduled for Thursday, July 26.

    For updated information on the concert series, visit www.ifoothills.org.

  • Jeffco again enacts fire ban

    Jefferson County has enacted a fire ban on selected portions of the county because of high fire danger, and fire restrictions already in place will continue.

    The fire ban applies to unincorporated areas west of C-470, west and south of the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and C-470, or west of Colorado 93.

    The ban, which applies to all unincorporated county land as well as a section of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest off Brook Forest Road, will remain in effect indefinitely.

  • Jeffco again enacts fire ban

    Jefferson County has enacted a fire ban on selected portions of the county because of high fire danger, and fire restrictions already in place will continue.

    The fire ban applies to unincorporated areas west of C-470, west and south of the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and C-470, or west of Colorado 93.

    The ban, which applies to all unincorporated county land as well as a section of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest off Brook Forest Road, will remain in effect indefinitely.

  • Dakota Ridge ace Wilson drafted by Phillies

    Dakota Ridge graduate and right-handed pitcher Steven Wilson was drafted with the last pick of the 35th round — the 1,088th pick overall — by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2012 amateur draft June 6.

    The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder went 7-1 with a 2.66 earned-run average for the Eagles this past season. He struck out 70, while walking just 15. The 17-year-old signed a letter-of-intent earlier this year to play Division I baseball at the University of Santa Clara (Calif.).

  • Don’t forget to say thank you

    The every-other-week nature of this column sometimes makes it difficult to be timely, so let me apologize in advance for the lateness of these Memorial Day sentiments.  But I hope late is better than never to offer gratitude to those who have given everything for our country, and those who continue to make sacrifices day in and day out.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    … And a window to throw it out of

  • Spring all-conference teams: Boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys swimming, girls tennis

    The following are all-conference lists for the 2012 spring season:

    BOYS LACROSSE
    FOOTHILLS CONFERENCE
    FIRST TEAM
    ATTACKMEN: Ryan Kelly, Columbine; Dalton Sierra, Columbine; Jake Gonzales, Columbine; Reilly Fletcher, Evergreen; Pete Aplet, Wheat Ridge; John Roach, Wheat Ridge
    MIDFIELDER: Ryan Schneider, Chatfield; Jack Stebbins, Columbine; Brandon Atwood, Columbine; Braden Olson, Evergreen; Scott Crews, Evergreen; Jacob Gladfelter, Wheat Ridge; Josh Kaufling, Wheat Ridge

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Dakota Ridge hosting speed and agility camp throughout summer

    Dakota Ridge High School’s football team is conducting a speed and agility camp through July 6 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
    The camp is open to students in grades 2-9 from 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. and for students in grades 10-12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Brochures are available at Dakota Ridge High School or can be found online at http://dakota-hs.jeffco.k12.co.us/dakota/html/index.htm.

  • Eagles squeeze out win in eighth over Farmers

    The Dakota Ridge baseball team rounded out three days of play in the Kyle Blakeman tournament June 3 with a 6-5 extra-innings win against Wheat Ridge at Dakota Ridge High School. The Eagles concluded the tournament 4-1.
    “I’m happy with (all) of them,” Dakota Ridge head coach Jeff Legault said. “It’s a new group and they are getting their confidence going in this tournament. Overall, every single person has done something to help us be 4-1 to this point.”