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Today's News

  • Term-limit questions, school board elections on November ballot

    South Jeffco voters will weigh in on term-limit extensions for county elected officials and new school board members on November's mail-in ballot.

    The proposed term-limit extensions were driven primarily by District Attorney Scott Storey, who announced last spring that he'd like to seek a third term. Jeffco elected officials are allowed to serve only two consecutive terms, so Storey wants to ask voters if they will allow him and Sheriff Ted Mink to run for a third.

  • County health department seeks more smoking restrictions

    Officials at the Jeffco health department want the county’s anti-smoking laws to be even stricter than those enforced by the state, but at least one county commissioner thinks the suggested clampdown may go too far.

    "Workers should be able to have clean air," said Dr. Mark Johnson, director of the Jeffco Department of Health and Environment, as he described the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Law. "It's a good law, but not as good as it could be. It's only moderately strong."

  • Deputies help calm crowd at Mr. Biggs during power failure

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office was called in to help the new management of Mr. Biggs after the power went out for more than an hour during a musical performance.

    Businessman Art Cormier purchased Mr. Biggs several weeks ago and is in the process of upgrading the facility to handle more events, including musical performances, dancing and boxing matches.

    Cormier said that during a dance with live bands the night of Oct. 10, the power went out for more than an hour, and he called the sheriff’s office to make sure there were no negative incidents.

  • Crop Hunger Walk coming up Oct. 18

    Times are tough in the good old USA, but Caryn and Peter Boddie of South Jeffco are hoping that area residents still can find a few spare dollars for the less fortunate in other countries.

    "There are a lot of fund-raisers," Peter Boddie said. "But this is one of the only ones where you can help people in other countries and participate in something and connect to people in other countries."

  • Jeffco to offer same-sex domestic partner benefits to employees

    Jeffco soon will offer same-sex domestic partner benefits to employees after a recommendation from the county's benefits oversight committee last week.

    The proposal was one of several recommendations the employee group presented to the county commission Oct. 6. The commissioners approved the plan during a vote Oct. 13. The benefits package would include medical/vision, dental and other benefits, and be available during the county's open enrollment period starting this week. The benefits will take effect Jan. 1, 2010.

  • Dakota Ridge boys run to Jeffco League title

    Running on your home course can carry a heavy burden.

    “It’s tough because people expect you to do better because you know the course by heart,” said Columbine’s Nikki Funkhauser following her fourth-place finish at the 2009 Jefferson County League Championships on Oct. 16 at Clement Park.

    Funkhauser was the top finisher in the Class 5A girls race for the Rebels. She crossed the finish line with a time of 20 minutes, 18.3 seconds.

  • In politics, early money is an early indicator

    Emily’s List, an organization that was formed to support the election of pro-choice Democratic women, is named based upon what has become an increasingly true idiom of political campaigns. Emily stands for “Early money is like yeast.” Candidates’ ability to raise funds in the early stages of campaigns has something to do with how they will use that money in their campaigns, but has much more do to with how their campaigns are viewed by others.

  • Spond injury overshadows game

    LAKEWOOD — There are very few instances where one can imagine the final score of a Columbine and Bear Creek football game mattering so little.

    When a player, student, citizen and young gentleman such as Rebels quarterback Danny Spond is seen with knees buckling on the sideline, and has to leave Jefferson County Stadium in an ambulance after having his jersey and shoulder pads cut off of him, what happened between the lines is a distant footnote.

  • Charger duo nets fourth-place finish

    DENVER — The last shall be first for the Chatfield tennis squad.

    And by last, we’re talking about the Chargers’ No. 4 double squad. And by first, we’re talking about the fourth-place finish of Kevin O’Brien and Ben Gleave on Oct. 17 at the Class 5A state championships at Gates Tennis Facility.

    “We got a good draw this year (and) we definitely felt like we could take advantage of it and just go as far as we possibly could,” O’Brien said.

  • Chargers headed to state

    AURORA — Chatfield was thrilled when it found out last week that it had earned one of the final at-large spots in the Class 5A 32-team softball regional tournament.

    You can imagine, then, their elation upon defeating Cherokee Trail 12-0 at Aurora Sports Park to clinch the second state-qualifying spot out of Region 3.