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Today's News

  • Tough choices demand experience, knowledge

    Anyone who listens to Denver talk radio has heard that our two Jeffco school board races represent an apocalyptic face-off between radical union-backed leftists and far-right free-market fanatics who will stop at nothing to reduce district spending.

    At the final election forum Oct. 18 in Evergreen, the candidates sounded more like a gaggle of elderly British ladies disagreeing about whether the shade of the curtains matched the colors in the divan.

  • DA seeks to recover costs in Eastwood case

    The Jefferson County district attorney’s office filed a motion last week in an attempt to recoup nearly $90,000 in prosecution costs from Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood.

    State law allows prosecutors to recover court costs from defendants who are found guilty, including large payments made to expert witnesses such as forensic psychiatrist Dr. Steven Pitt, to whom the district attorney’s office paid more than $67,000 — prior to the trial.

  • Foothills board tables decision on sale of four open-space parcels

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board tabled a decision Oct. 11 on accepting nearly $2 million for the sale of four plots of open space, after dozens of Woodmar neighborhood residents objected to the prospect.

    The district, which placed six large parcels totaling about 30 acres on the market in February, has been planning to the sell the land as a means to cover projected budget shortfalls in the coming years. It estimates it will garner $4 million from all of the sales.

  • HOOTenanny teaches about owls

     Wild Wings Environmental Education volunteer Lois Liebherr holds Sophie, a great horned owl, on Oct. 15 during the Audubon Society of Greater Denver's HOOTenanny event. Volunteers taught dozens of local children about owls' unique adaptations that make them efficient hunters, including massive eyes that provide sensitive night vision. 

  • Gut-wrenching end for Chatfield

    LOVELAND — Rebecka Mintz couldn’t control her tears. Carlie Sexton was physically distraught. What had been an improbable run through the 5A Jeffco League for the Chatfield Lady Chargers’ softball team came to a crashing halt on Oct. 15 at the Region 4 tournament.
    Chatfield, the region’s top and 5A’s fourth overall seed, went from a state-tournament favorite to an afterthought after an error-proned 4-3 loss to Cherokee Trail at Barnes Softball Complex at Fairgrounds Park.

  • Dakota Ridge wins regional, reaches state

    Courtney Sharp hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth as Dakota Ridge rallied for a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over Poudre, winning the 5A Region 3 softball championship on Oct. 15 at Longmont’s Garden Acres.
    Dakota Ridge (19-2), seeded fifth in the regional, opened with a 2-0 shutout of Liberty, led by the pitching of Bri Arneach. She tossed seven innings of shutout ball, walking one and striking out five. BrookLynn York and Cameryn Mammenga each had two hits.

  • Carney repeats as Jeffco champ

    Danny Carney, two weeks earlier, didn’t run the Dave Sanders Invitational at Clement Park because his coaches wanted him to relax and prepare for the postseason. He had earned the rest.
    And so the Dakota Ridge senior, even feeling under the weather, was back running Oct. 14. And he was back in front as usual. Carney ran a time of 15 minutes, 35 seconds, winning the 5A Jeffco League cross country championship by 45 seconds over Bear Creek’s Brandon Washington. It is Carney’s second straight league title.

  • Chargers’ Holmes pushes way to 3rd at state

    DENVER — There is a saying that reads ‘The sign on the door to opportunity reads ‘PUSH.’ For three grueling days, Chatfield’s No. 2 singles player Nick Holmes did just that.
    The Chargers senior pushed his way through opportunity’s door, capturing third place at the 5A state boys tennis championships on Oct. 15 at the Gates Tennis Center.    

  • ‘Inactive’ voters in Jeffco have alternatives

    By the Jefferson County League of Women Voters

  • Stakes high in school board race

    A campaign flier being distributed for Jeffco school board candidate Preston Branaugh contains the following conversation.
    “DadVanHorn: So what did our sons learn in school today?
    “Son: I learned we evolved from mud.
    “Son: I learned we’ll be safer when all our firearms are confiscated.
    “Son: I learned that you don’t pay enough taxes.”