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Today's News

  • County plans to buy closed school for Head Start center

      Jefferson County is poised to buy the recently closed Russell Elementary School in Arvada from Jeffco Public Schools, and the county would use the building to house its Head Start operations.

    The Board of Commissioners was scheduled Tuesday to approve sending a letter of intent to the school district. The county would spend an estimated $2 million in the acquisition, though the human services department expects to save $82,000 in yearly operating costs following the move.

  • Waterton closure elicits concerns

     

    Denver Water engineers last week assured state Rep. Jim Kerr that impending closures of Waterton Canyon are necessary and won’t be unreasonably long.

    Project staff gave Kerr, state Rep. Cheri Gerou and Bicycle Colorado members a detailed presentation on the planned dredging of 625,000 cubic yards of sediment from Strontia Springs Reservoir. Engineers provided a tour of the dam, which is at the top of the canyon’s 7-mile trail; that trail will be closed intermittently for more than a year starting Aug. 2.

  • Democrat Hartman hopes to harness GOP support

    Jeffco Commissioner Kathy Hartman was the first Democrat elected to the board in 14 years when she won the seat in 2006. And if re-elected this year, she would trump historical odds be becoming the first in 50 years to win two consecutive terms.

    But even in a Republican stronghold, it may not be entirely surprising that some conservative voters supported her. Hartman is a former Republican — she crossed the aisle in 2004 and took a number of Republican ideals with her.

  • South Jeffco's Rosier takes on Hartman in commission race

      South Jeffco resident Don Rosier doesn’t have a political background, but the Republican says his experience as a government outsider makes him uniquely qualified to run for the District 3 seat on the Board of Commissioners.

    Rosier, a Jeffco Public Schools graduate, has worked for two decades as a civil engineer, dealing with development, water use and budgeting. Rosier is challenging incumbent Democrat Kathy Hartman in the November election.

  • County administrator’s firing linked to land purchase

      Former Jeffco county administrator Jim Moore was fired for refusing to cooperate with county officials in executing a land purchase linked to a legal settlement hidden from the public, documents obtained by the Columbine Courier show.

    Moore defied instructions to place the $1.4 million purchase of 19 acres near Dinosaur Ridge on a consent agenda last December, and he was fired shortly thereafter in a unanimous vote by the Board of Commissioners.

  • Conifer’s Mike Daniels challenging incumbent Kopp for state Senate

      Conifer Democrat Mike Daniels slid in just under the wire, getting his name on the ballot in state Senate District 22 on June 3, at virtually the last possible minute.

    Daniels, a former Reagan Republican whose eclectic résumé ranges from Air Force service to publishing and standup comedy, was nominated by a vacancy committee. Though he had not planned to run, he offers an alternative to incumbent Republican Mike Kopp, who was previously thought to be running unopposed.

  • County to add fewer courtrooms at government center in Golden

      Jefferson County is scaling down a plan to add courtrooms at the Taj Mahal, cutting $1.9 million from the project’s budget.

    With plans to add two additional district judges and a county judge on hold, the county is scaling down a massive security revamp and building only one additional courtroom instead of three.

  • Spillover from a catastrophe

    There’s something singularly awful about watching the worst environmental disaster in our country’s history and knowing that, with all of America’s wealth and technological prowess, nothing has been done to prevent the ongoing catastrophe that threatens an entire way of life.

  • Late base running pushes Columbine past Lakewood

     

    LAKEWOOD — Mike Burns epitomizes Columbine’s small-ball style. The freshman third baseman showed that against the host Lakewood Tigers on June 30.

  • Chatfield’s growing pains linger in setback

    Pitching and defense are always the cornerstones of a good baseball team, and unfortunately for the Chatfield Chargers, those were two areas that let them down in a 17-6 loss in five innings to Longmont on July 1 at Chatfield High School.