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Today's News

  • Obama, Romney champion middle class — but find little middle ground

    President Barack Obama and his opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, can agree on one thing: They’re both fans of the middle class.

    From there on out, however, the differences are marked and clear between the Democratic incumbent and his Republican challenger.

    Obama and Romney met for the first presidential debate of the election season Wednesday evening at the University of Denver, and tackled jobs, education, health care and the preservation of the middle class.

  • Commissioners hold first telephone town hall

    The Jeffco commissioners held a virtual town hall meeting Sept. 25 from the comfort of a fifth-floor conference room in the County Administration and Courts Facility.

    The mass conference call lasted from 7 to 8 p.m., and the commissioners fielded 26 questions.

    It was the first time the county commissioners held such a meeting, although the C-470 Corridor Coalition conducted a similar exercise July 31 through Aug. 2.

  • Agenda makes way onto agenda of Foothills board

    The question of whether nonprofit groups should be able to rent Clement Park facilities at reduced rates sparked an emotional discussion by the Foothills Park & Recreation District board about what topics should be brought up at regular meetings.

    The board was meeting Sept. 25 at The Peak Wellness Center on Ward Road. About six people, mostly district staff members, were in the audience.

  • Neighbors get organized to fight auto dealership

    A group of neighbors in Chatfield Bluffs, Chatfield Bluffs South, Meadow Ranch and White Deer Valley are joining forces to fight a proposed car dealership on 11 acres in their neighborhood at West Ute Avenue and West Toller Drive near Kipling and C-470.

    The property in question is within a business park and is zoned for commercial uses, but a car dealership is not one of the approved uses as stated in the Jefferson County master plan.

  • C-470 options discussed at Ken Caryl open house

    Members of the C-470 Coalition communications team staged an open house Sept. 23 at the Ranch House in Ken Caryl to give a presentation and answer questions about the proposed widening of C-470 from I-25 west to the Kipling interchange, or about 10 miles.

    About 35 people turned out for the event, which consisted of a computer simulation and about a dozen poster-size illustrations of various toll-road, hybrid-toll-road and non-toll-road configurations that are being investigated.

  • Park district seeks bolder look

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District has asked for site approval from Jefferson County to allow for much larger signage at its campus on Ward Street.

    A hearing is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, before the Planning Commission.

    Ron Hopp, executive director of the district, said the main reason for seeking bigger signage is to make the buildings easier to find in an emergency. The new sign on The Ridge Recreation Center would be 135 square feet. The current sign is about 4 feet by 3 feet, or 12 square feet.

  • Commission candidates Odom, Tighe face off at forum

    Jefferson County natives Casey Tighe and John Odom faced off Sept. 27 at an election forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, debating everything from development to budgets in their race for county commissioner.

    In an event at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue auditorium, incumbent Odom and challenger Tighe illustrated their differences: Odom is a Republican, Tighe a Democrat; Odom is a businessman, Tighe a longtime state transportation agency auditor and former lawyer. They also have similarities: Both are life-long Jeffco residents and family men who live in District 2.

  • Tait-led Rebels place eighth at 5A state tourney

    GOLDEN – Columbine's Michael Tait was the top local finisher at the 5A boys golf state championships Oct. 1-2, tying for 20th with a 15-over-par 157 after back-to-back rounds of 79 and 78 at Rolling Hills Country Club.
    Douglas County's Kyler Dunkle, who carded a 1-under 70 on Day 2, won the state championship by one stroke over Legacy’s Eric Chen and Regis Jesuit's Spencer Painton.

  • Sloan finishes in middle of pack at 3A state tourney

    DENVER – Front Range Christian's Jared Sloan carded a 15-over-par 85 on both days of the 3A boys golf state championships at Pinehurst Country Club to finish in a four-way tie for 41st.
    Sloan finished tied with Trinidad's Dante Duran, Gunnison's Kiowa Sanders and Alexander Dawson's Christian Wagner, 30 shots back of Kent Denver's Ben Moore. Moore won the 3A state title after shooting an even-par 140 total, carding a 70 each day.

  • Ann Romney addresses crowd at Hudson Gardens

    The crowd of mostly women who waited at Littleton's Hudson Gardens on Tuesday afternoon got what they wanted: Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, talking about the softer side of her husband.