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Today's News

  • Body found at scene of Ken Caryl house fire

    Firefighters discovered a body Wednesday morning after responding to a house fire in Ken Caryl.

    The victim’s identity is being held pending results of a death investigation, Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said. No other occupants were found in the house, though a dog was rescued and placed in the care of neighbors.

    West Metro Fire Rescue received an emergency call shortly before 6 a.m., and 23 firefighters responded, assistant fire chief Scott Rogers said. The fire was almost completed extinguished about five minutes later, he said.

  • Chargers can’t get bats going in first loss

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — It was just a little rain and mild lightning in the distance, but the 53-minute weather delay, not to mention the pitching of Mountain Vista’s Jesse Applehans, proved to throw Chatfield off its game.
    The Lady Chargers, coming off back-to-back wins to open the 2011 season in which they scored 14 runs, were held to one run on five hits and the Golden Eagles’ Megan Brown delivered a two-run homer in a five-run fourth inning as Mountain Vista scored an 8-1 win on Aug. 31.

  • Kickoff coverage spells Chatfield’s downfall in season opener

    LAKEWOOD — Sometimes kickoffs can have as big an impact on the outcome of football games as offense or defense. A lesson Chatfield learned the hard way in its season opener against ThunderRidge on Sept. 1 at Jefferson County Stadium.
    The Chargers allowed two kickoff returns for scores by Grizzlies defensive back Tyler Johnson, including one in the fourth quarter, en route to a 49-28 loss.

  • Sports briefs

    SOFTBALL
    Lady Eagles rolling along, beat D’Evelyn to go to 6-0

    DENVER  — Cam Mammenga was 3-for-3 with two runs batted in and McKenna Pendergraft tripled and drove in two runs as Dakota Ridge improved to 6-0 with a 9-4 win over host D’Evelyn on Sept. 1.
    Bri Arneach walked three and struck out three for the win.
    Gomez, Lady Rebels blank Fairview for second win.
    Sarah Kastanek and Taryn Rothrock drove in two runs each as Columbine (2-1) shut out Fairview, 7-0, on Sept. 1.

  • Losing a library is a bad idea

    “The America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
    — Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

    Novelist Kurt Vonnegut considered almost nothing to be sacred — except libraries. He viewed them as a place to go when you are bereft, lost, lonely, a place which offers the sort of sustenance that calories alone can’t provide.

  • Library porn filters to be in place Sept. 1

    Internet filters to block pornography will be activated on Sept. 1 on all Jeffco Public Library computers, though different standards will be used in controlling content on machines accessed by adults and children.
    Computers used by adult patrons will filter only images deemed pornographic, while those used by children will block websites in their entirety, said Steve Endicott, library information-technology director. Entire sites will also be blocked on computers accessing the library’s wireless signal, regardless of the age of the user, he said.

  • New community corrections facility considered

    A new $17 million community corrections facility is being considered to replace Jefferson County’s existing 105-year-old building, which county officials said Aug. 23 is crumbling and could be pushed to capacity in coming years.

    Currently, both men and women are housed in the 32,000-square-foot community corrections facility at 1651 Kendall St. in Lakewood, the operations of which are administered by Intervention Community Corrections Services, a private nonprofit.

  • School board considers tying teacher pay to performance

    The Jeffco school board is considering adding performance metrics to its employee compensation system, a measure that, if approved, could take effect in as little as a year.

    Currently, the district provides teachers with raises based on length of work experience and level of education, a practice that school board member Laura Boggs said could conflict with recently passed state legislation.

  • Munsigner appointed as chief judge

    Jefferson County District Judge Stephen M. Munsinger will replace on Sept. 1 outgoing Judge R. Brooke Jackson as the 1st Judicial District’s chief judge.

    Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael L. Bender made the appointment, which was necessary because of Jackson’s recent appointment to the federal bench.

  • Commissioners don’t say no to short-term rentals

    The Jeffco commissioners rejected Aug. 23 the county planning commission’s recommendation against allowing short-term vacation rentals.

    The issue is being sent back to the planning commission and will likely be heard at its Oct. 5 hearing. The commission is now being asked to develop a definition of short-term rentals and to edit the county planning staff’s revision to the zoning resolution.