Today's News

  • A night to remember

    Prom was different this year for Chatfield High School junior Hally Burns.

    Dressed to the nines and meticulously groomed, Hally arrived at the dance looking as glamorous as a trendsetting musician attending the Grammy Awards.

    “We’re going to make her like Taylor Swift tonight,” said stylist Shauna Morris, as she ironed Hally’s hair into thick strands of loose curls. “That is who she picked out.”

  • Jeffco lifts fire ban

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office on Monday lifted a temporary fire ban issued in March for various sections of the county.

    Fire restrictions have been canceled for parts of Jeffco west of C-470, west of Colorado 93 and west of Colorado 121 for land south of C-470.

    Although restrictions have been lifted, fires and campfires are permitted only in permanent fire grates in parks, campgrounds and picnic areas. Smoking is prohibited, except in vehicles, buildings or areas at least 6 feet in diameter and free of combustible material.

  • Petition calls for ouster of Boggs as forum moderator

    An online petition is calling for the removal of Jeffco school board member Laura Boggs as moderator at a forum Saturday on the district’s impending budget cuts.

    The forum, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Evergreen Middle School, is part of a series of public gatherings to discuss the district’s financial picture in the wake of dramatic reductions in state funding.

  • Mall bombing suspect appears in court

    Southwest Plaza bombing suspect Earl Albert Moore appeared in federal court at 2 p.m. Wednesday, when U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig Shaffer advised him of his rights.

    Moore faces one count of arson in connection with explosives discovered April 20 in a back hallway at Southwest Plaza mall.

    Though Shaffer scheduled preliminary and detention hearings for May 6, attorneys indicated a federal grand jury indictment could be issued against Moore on May 5.

  • Jeffco approves pact with Boulder on Jefferson Parkway

    Jeffco inched closer Tuesday to construction of the Jefferson Parkway, approving an agreement along with Boulder County that leverages Open Space funds for cooperation on the controversial project.

  • Beware the spy in your pocket

    Several months ago, I asked in this column, “At what point will we finally have enough surveillance cameras? It’s hard to go anywhere without being watched by at least one, and often several, closed-circuit eyes in the sky.”
    Well, as it turns out, there’s no longer any need to worry about external technology spying on us. Thanks to the intrepid work of two British techies named Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, we now know that we’re spying on ourselves.

  • Some mall employees uncomfortable with response to incident

    Southwest Plaza employees had differing reactions to safety precautions taken in the aftermath of the April 20 bomb scare, in which two propane tanks and a pipe bomb were found in the mall.

    Most were shaken by the event, particularly regarding the overlap with the anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings, a coincidence virtually impossible to ignore.

    But regarding the security response since the event and a perceived lack of communication from mall leadership, store employees differed when interviewed about how well the situation has been handled.

  • Columbine, Dakota Ridge launch IB programs

    Students at Dakota Ridge and Columbine high schools may soon be designing their own scientific experiments and performing community-service projects for college credit.

    International Baccalaureate programs will be offered for the first time later this year at both schools, which recently gained approval after a rigorous three-year application process.

    IB courses, which emphasize applied knowledge and critical thinking in a multitude of disciplines, are an alternative to traditional and advanced-placement classes.

  • Friends in need

    Stacey Edgar knows the importance of earning a return on investments.

    Eight years ago, the former social worker and mother of three hosted a party in her Ken Caryl home, informally selling a unique array of wares to her friends. Despite her limited market, the $2,000 worth of inventory she had acquired with a tax refund was quickly depleted.

  • Rebels capture Littleton Cup

    DENVER — There’s no question what unit leads the Columbine Rebels’ boys lacrosse team. It’s the defense.
    And that defense has been sharp lately. But perhaps it was never more sharp than on April 23 when the Rebels shut out the Littleton Lions in the second half in their 8-2 win in the finals of the inaugural Littleton Cup at Invesco Field at Mile High.
    Leading 3-2 at the half, the Rebels clamped down on the Lions while upping their offense in the process.