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Today's News

  • Primaries: a double-edged sword

    The year 2010 is shaping up to be one of the most active primary seasons in recent Colorado history. In the U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (who was appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter when Ken Salazar became secretary of the interior) faces a spirited challenge from within his own party from Andrew Romanoff, former speaker of the state House.

  • Rebels dominate Wildcats

    LAKEWOOD — After suffering a gut-wrenching loss a week ago to its biggest rival, Columbine looked to set the tone early in its homecoming game against Arvada West.

    Defensive back Kevin Osborne sent the Wildcats a message that Oct. 2 was going to be a long night as he intercepted quarterback Gavin Glanz’s pass on the second play of the game and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown. The Rebels rolled from there and won the Class 5A Big 8 League game 34-10 at Jefferson County Stadium.

  • Effort to create off-leash dog park founders

    Efforts to establish an off-leash dog park on Foothills Park & Recreation District property apparently are dead in their tracks.

    Foothills Executive Director Ron Hopp confirmed that discussions between the district and Lynda Fine, the main proponent of a South Jeffco off-leash park, are on hold at best — or completely scuttled, at worst.

    "We decided to take a break from looking at (potential sites for the dog park) until we could find a viable, collaborative community partner," Hopp said.

  • Church inspires day of service to community

    As 12-year-old Zach Karbach of South Jeffco pulled weeds and trimmed the dead flowers in front of the Peak Community and Wellness Center on Sept. 27, he had that look.

    The look of a kid pulling weeds on a beautiful Sunday morning when it's likely he'd rather be enjoying the time away from school. But when asked if he'd rather be pulling the weeds than sitting in a church pew, the answer was almost instant.

    "This," he said, pointing at the weeds.

  • Voter registration deadline is Monday

    The deadline to register to vote in the 2009 coordinated mail-ballot election in Jefferson County is Monday, Oct. 5.

    Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

    This election is being conducted by Jefferson County as an all-mail ballot election. Ballots will automatically be sent to eligible voters between Oct. 13 and 16. 

    Voters registering after Oct. 5 will be registered to vote but will not be eligible to vote in the November election. 

  • Local teams fare well at Dave Sanders

    While the weather was picture-perfect for racing on Oct. 2, most of the talk at the Dave Sanders Invitational concerned the health of the runners.

    It seemed most teams were battling various illnesses, from the Swine Flu to a simple upset stomach. A lot of top teams were left without their full compliment of runners, but the runners that were healthy enough to give it a go were able to post some nice times.

  • Third contractor pushing county compensation study to finish line

    Jeffco officials say an employee compensation study will come in on budget and just a bit late despite the parade of private contractors involved with the project.

    The county is studying employee compensation so it can compare its pay to private-sector jobs and similar jobs in other counties. The project also is listing job duties for every Jeffco employee.

    The project was launched in August 2008 and is scheduled for completion in early November. The results will be factored into the county's 2010 budgeting process.

  • Local couple plan to open new music venue in South Jeffco

    A Littleton couple are hoping to create a new three-stage music venue in South Jeffco that will focus on young people and families — and forsake alcoholic beverages.

    Brian and Dama Robertson formerly owned and operated the Rock & Roll Grill, a downtown Denver venue with two stages between two floors.

    "We sold that business, and we've been itching to do it again," Brian Robertson said. "But this time we want to do it right."

  • Stylish entrepreneurs: Couple say their new salon offers caring approach, variety of services

    Opening a new business in a shaky economy can be a hair-raising experience.

    But Pat Austin and her husband, Will Copher, say their new South Jeffco venture is, well, a lock.

    “Hair is something you can’t take off,” Austin said recently in the skin care room of the Studio E Salon & Spa at 9789 W. Coal Mine Ave.

  • Rebels honor past champs

    LAKEWOOD — A decade can seem like a lifetime.

    It can also go by in a flash.

    Columbine football coach, Andy Lowry, felt a little of both after his team’s 34-10 homecoming victory over Arvada West on Oct. 2 at Jefferson County Stadium.

    Before the game, the Rebels honored members of the 1999 state championship football team by having them lead the current group of Rebels out onto the field.