Today's News

  • Jeffco ranks 11th in state for quantity, quality of life

    Jefferson County’s rates of morbidity and mortality ranked 11th out of 57 Colorado counties, an extensive national study released last week by the University of Wisconsin reveals.

    Under the County Health Rankings study, more than 3,000 counties were assessed in areas ranging from rates of sexually transmitted infections to high school graduation percentages.

  • Inspections show wide range for local restaurants

    South Jeffco eateries had an average of 3.4 critical inspection violations in the last year, a Columbine Courier analysis of information from the Jefferson County health department shows.

    Full-service restaurants, which face the most scrutiny with three unannounced routine inspections per year, had critical violations ranging from as few as none to as many as 20.

    Convenience stores and fast-food restaurants, by contrast, are inspected only once or twice per year, respectively.

  • Artist reaches for the sky

    Just as the metro area’s weather took a dramatic turn last weekend, shifting from highs above 80 on Saturday to a snowstorm the following morning, far stranger things were happening on Neptune.

    The planet, for example, may have been experiencing a rainstorm — with liquid methane precipitating in beach-ball-size drops.

    And nearby, on Neptune’s largest moon, Triton, the entire atmosphere over one hemisphere may have been frozen to the surface during an unimaginably cold winter.

  • Kids’ sports should put fun first

    One of the best things about having four boys is the opportunity to get involved in youth sports, both as a parent and coach. Team sports was a big part of my life growing up, so it’s wonderful to see my own kids becoming part of something bigger than themselves. I can only hope that the lessons they learn stick with them as they stuck with me.

  • Restaurant inspection list

    South Jeffco food inspections from March 30, 2010 through March 30, 2011



    Restaurants and retail locations



  • She’s got Games

    Yes, Brigitta Games finds the time to eat and sleep. It’s true. It just might not seem like it when you see how busy she is.

    The Chatfield sophomore was a viable member of the girls swim team in the winter, participating in the 100-meter butterfly and 100 breaststroke, and is now throwing the shot put and discus for the Chargers’ track and field team this spring. Not to mention she played with the school’s marching band in the fall. Then there’s this water polo thing. It’s here where she is truly turning heads.

  • Chatfield boys show promise at Fort Collins swim meet

    FORT COLLINS — Although it’s still early in the season, the Chatfield boys swim team showed promise at the Dick Rush Memorial Invite at EPIC pool on Saturday.

    The boys finished the meet with a team score of 67.000 points and tied Douglas County High School for 13th place out of 37 teams.

  • Winter sports all-conference teams

    Following is a list of all-conference selections in the 5A Jeffco League for the winter sports season:

    Sam Porter, Arvada West; Sean Leslie, Arvada West; Brenden Mann, Chatfield; Jonathan Snow, Columbine; Derek Vander Velde, Dakota Ridge; Abdullah Musleh, Dakota Ridge; Faruk Ramovic, Lakewood; Alex Welsh, Pomona; Chase Duben, Ralston Valley; Brandon Applehans, Standley Lake

  • Four indicted in thefts of items from cemeteries

    Four men were indicted March 25 by a Jefferson County grand jury in connection with the pilfering of more than $130,000 worth of sprinkler heads and decorative brass vases from local cemeteries.

    The suspects, Donald Richard Tebeau, 46, Michael Dean Gonser, 43, Juan Gallegos, 27, and Jason Lee Seader, 37, face felony charges of theft by receiving and conspiracy to commit theft by receiving in the theft of the items from numerous cemeteries, including four in Jefferson County.

  • Jeffco home sales down 15 percent in February

    Home sales in Jefferson County declined by 16 percent in February compared to the same month a year ago, and homes spent an additional 40 days on the market, new real estate data show.

    Though housing prices seem to be unaffected by the decline, according to information from Metrolist, a decrease in the number of modestly priced homes sold is attributed to the expiration of the $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time buyers.