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Today's News

  • Governor reappoints Chapman as Jeffco public trustee

    Jefferson County's Margaret Chapman became one of five public trustees reappointed to their jobs as of Aug. 14 after Gov. John Hickenlooper asked all 10 to resign in the wake of a newspaper investigation questioning some of the appointed officials' spending practices.

    While some of the trustees' spending practices were harshly criticized, Chapman was not singled out for any wrongdoing. She also received words of praise and an endorsement from the Jefferson County commissioners, who sent a message to the governor.

  • Stevenson defends proposed tax increase at community chat

    Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson told an audience of parents and school administrators Aug. 22 that revenue from the district’s proposed property-tax increase would not fund an increase in teacher retirement packages.

    "The public employees pay 8 percent (to the Public Employees’ Retirement Association),” Stevenson said. “The district contribution goes up according to state law. The district contributes 15.65 percent, or about $5 million a year. It's true that is going up. That is in the budget.”

  • Planning Commission OKs rezoning for assisted-living complex

    A proposal to rezone a 1-acre lot next to the Gardens at Columbine assisted-living center from agricultural to planned development was approved without public comment at a meeting of the Jeffco Planning Commission on Aug. 22.

    The rezoning was on the consent agenda, meaning no public hearing was called for unless someone who appeared at the hearing wanted to speak; no one did.

  • Cultural Council allocates $885,557 to 82 groups

    The Jefferson County Cultural Council recommended distributing $885,557 in grant money to 82 cultural organizations and projects in the county for 2012.

    The amount is down 11 percent from the $994,073 available from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District for 2012. (The money to be used in 2013 is distributed in 2012.)

    The total amount requested in 2012 was $1.35 million, meaning groups got an average of about 65 percent of what they requested.

  • Fair peddles safety tips

    Lakewood police officer Connie Muller helps Athalie Mickelson, 4, through a bicycle obstacle course during the District Attorney's Community Safety Awareness Day on Saturday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

  • Let’s look at senior property-tax break

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Assault on batteries

  • Sports briefs

    SOFTBALL
    Reuter, Lady Rebels bounce back, top Fountain-Fort Carson
    FOUNTAIN
    — Pitcher Madison Reuter allowed just one run on three hits, while walking one and striking out two as Columbine toppled host Fountain-Fort Carson 10-1 on Aug. 25.
     Reuter faced three batters over the minimum as the Lady Rebels bounced back from a 12-10 season-opening loss to Douglas County.

  • 2012 fall sports previews: Cross country

    DAKOTA RIDGE EAGLES
    Head coach: Mark Stenbeck
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2011 recap: Dakota Ridge placed 12th in 5A in the boys competition. The girls team didn’t qualify for state.  
    Athletes to watch: McKenna Spillar, Sr., Vannessa Gonzalez, Jr., Carson Hume Jr., Austin Ard, Sr.
    Season opener: Aug. 31, at Pre-State meet, Colorado Springs
    State championship: Oct. 27, Colorado Springs

  • 2012 fall sports previews: Boys soccer

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Brock Blume
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2011 record: 3-11-1
    2011 recap: Chatfield’s record doesn’t truly reflect how close the Chargers were. Even though, Chatfield ended the 2011 season with losses in eight of its final nine games, the Chargers were in most of their 15 games. Nine games were decided by a goal — seven of those losses for Chatfield.
    Players to watch: Ben Overholt, Jordy Reiss, Ryan LaGreca, Lee Holmes
    Season opener: Aug. 30, at ThunderRidge, 4:30 p.m.