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Today's News

  • Deer Creek Canyon cycling event wins approval

      A long-disputed bicycling event that could bring up to 3,000 riders to Deer Creek Canyon Road won county approval last week, reigniting a hotbed of animosity between cycling enthusiasts and canyon residents.

    About 60 people attended the March 16 county commissioners’ public hearing, and the majority of public comment came from area residents, who almost exclusively voiced opposition to the event.

  • Coffee Party creates a buzz

      The Coffee Party, a viral political phenomenon that bills itself as an alternative to the conservative Tea Party movement, is gathering steam across the country, including a following in Jefferson County.

    The group, a tongue-in-cheek parody of its tea counterpart, held a national Coffee Summit on March 27 and 28 that included a meeting in Belmar, one of more than 400 individual events in all but five states.

  • Make a safety plan for your family

    In the last few years in Jefferson County, we’ve seen emergencies ranging from wildfires to paralyzing blizzards to a school shooting. Events like these can plunge families into chaos, panic and confusion. 

    Having an emergency plan ahead of time can help you communicate with, reconnect with, and protect your family. Every situation is different, but if you prepare for a wide range of possibilities, you’ll be better equipped to deal with a crisis.

     

  • SPORTS BRIEFS: Lacrosse rivalry heading to Invesco Field

    Boys lacrosse

    Chatfield and Columbine

    lacrosse rivalry heads to Invesco Field

    The Chatfield Chargers and Columbine Rebels boys lacrosse rivalry will be raised to another level April 10 as this always exciting match will be played on the big stage of Invesco Field at Mile High.

    The game, which starts at noon, will be a great day of lacrosse for two of the top Foothills Conference teams. Tickets are $12 and include admission to the second game — Valor Christian boys vs. Pueblo. Parking is free.

  • Not the retiring sort

      An employee at a South Jeffco assisted-living center helped raise $1,675 last week for Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, presenting a check to the group on the day before she officially retired from a decade of service at the facility.

    At 65, cancer survivor Dee Fernandez has the energy of a 20-something, and has used some of that gusto to organize the annual burrito and tostada bar fund-raiser at The Gardens at Columbine senior-living center.

  • Employment workshops planned

    The Jeffco Workforce Center is sponsoring a series of employment workshops beginning April 7 geared toward active job seekers and people thinking about career changes.

    Faith Community Church in South Jeffco will host the Wednesday classes, which range in topic from accepting job loss to preparing for interviews. A series of seven two-hour workshops is scheduled for a cost of $25 for the entire course.

  • SPORTS BRIEFS: Jeffco awards

    Boys basketball

    Chargers and Eagles lead first team

    The Class 5A Jefferson County League champion Chatfield Chargers and runner-up Dakota Ridge Eagles both landed two players on the first team for all-conference selections.

    Landon Vermeer and Trevor Wages were selected for the Chargers, while Dan DiFolco and Derek VanderVelde were honored for the Eagles.

    Columbine senior Neil Myer also made the first team.

  • Breaking the mold: South Jeffco resident opens Bowles Caf, focuses on breakfast

    When Tony Compel began to wonder what type of restaurant would thrive in South Jeffco, all he had to do was look at what was missing.

    Myriad Mexican restaurants are in evidence, pizza places proliferate, and fast food certainly can be found. But there seemed to be a dearth of places offering a fresh-cooked breakfast.

  • Crusty but creative

    Making the perfect pizza crust is a delicate art.

    Flour, water, yeast, sugar and salt are the only necessary ingredients, and the perfect combination is crucial. Adding just enough yeast gives the crust a characteristic, mild flavor. Too much yeast will make the crust as bloated as a balloon. And the temperature of the water had better be just right.

    It’s a balance South Jeffco’s Bob Bruso knows all too well — because he’s spent decades perfecting it.

  • Commissioners apparently violate open-meetings law - again

    The Jeffco commissioners may have violated the Colorado open-meetings law once again by holding at least one closed-door meeting with a lawyer who does not represent the county.

    Columbine Courier attorney and media-law expert Chris Beall sent a letter concerning the alleged violation March 11 to the commissioners and to County Attorney Ellen Wakeman. The board was scheduled to hold on Monday another closed-door meeting specifically to discuss the legal implications of the alleged violation.