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Today's News

  • Traffic officials re-examine crosswalk at Dakota Ridge accident site

    Jefferson County officials are re-examining the need for additional safety improvements to a crosswalk near Dakota Ridge High School, after student Dallas Vosburg was critically injured there during an Oct. 12 traffic accident.

    After principal Jim Jelinek had questioned the safety of the crosswalk last year, the county added an island to the street, though a stoplight was not installed.

  • Walkin' 'n' Roll

    Nine-year-old Bella Erickson smiled shyly after achieving one of life’s milestones.

    “I learned how to ride my bike the other day, and it was really fun,” she said. “It wasn’t very hard, because first I started without the pedals, and then I tried with. And then I got it.”

    Bella was among a handful of young students at Peiffer Elementary who, during the school’s Walkin’ and Wheelin’ Week, took to two wheels for the first time — in class.

  • Fire ban lifted

     The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office lifted Monday a countywide fire ban that had been in place since Sept. 14. Restrictions were eased as the risk of fire has been declining in recent days due to increased precipitation and falling temperatures, particularly in the mountains.

    Nonetheless, the Sheriff’s Office cautioned the public in a press release announcing the ban’s rescission.

  • Foothills to cut $150,000 in spending in 2011

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is planning cuts of $150,000 from the previous year’s expenditures but is seeking a slight pay increase for workers, staff revealed Oct. 12 in the district’s 2011 proposed-budget presentation.

  • Investigator Graham envisions new look to coroner's office

    Coroner candidate John Graham has spent 20 years cultivating a career in crime-scene investigation, experience that he said makes him an ideal candidate for an office that works with law enforcement.

    And Graham wants to use that background to dramatically change the direction of an office he said currently places excessive emphasis on bereavement support for family members.

  • Loughrey-Stemp touts compassion in role as coroner

    Jefferson County Coroner Katherine Loughrey-Stemp had recently experienced the deaths of her husband and her mother when she was elected in 2006. Her personal struggle with grief, along with her training as a mental-health nurse, has added a level of compassion to an office few people are happy to visit, she said.

  • Grant to help expand Mortensen Elementary's autism spectrum program

    Mortensen Elementary School teachers Dottie Jennings and Sarah Handy consider themselves, among other things, instructors in a foreign language.

    But they don’t teach French, German or Spanish.

    They provide instruction to children in the school’s autism spectrum disorder program, one of three in Jeffco Public Schools and one of only eight in Colorado.

  • Bandmasters: Chatfield marching band has sights set on state semifinals

    Clarinet cases and water bottles are scattered haphazardly in the outfield grass on Chatfield High School’s baseball field. More than 100 students, most wearing shorts, stand at attention, waiting for cues from the marching band’s drum majors.

    It’s a Saturday — homecoming day — and the band members have been rehearsing since 8 a.m. They get their first substantial break at 11:15. Fifteen minutes later, they’re back in formation.

  • County will cut $30 million in spending in 2011

    Jefferson County is planning to cut nearly $30 million from its budget in 2011, officials said Oct. 12, citing a decrease in one-time funding from other agencies, including the federal government.

    With tax revenue remaining stable for the year, the $477 million budget is currently planned to spare employees from layoffs but will apparently not provide salary increases.

    Cuts, including $750,000 from the general fund operating budget, will help balance additional spending of $2.6 million for increased medical insurance costs for county employees.

  • Brush fire along C-470 extinguished

    A small brush fire along westbound C-470 near Platte Canyon Road likely caused by a discarded cigarette burned about 2 acres on the hillside Wednesday before being extinguished around 1 p.m.

    The fire burned for half an hour before fire crews squelched the flames.

    “We had two units on scene,” said Littleton Fire Rescue spokesman Jim Hofstra. “The fire was put out very quickly.”