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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • Democrat-endorsed school board candidates lead in fund-raising

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The race for two Jeffco school board seats has so far garnered nearly $90,000 in contributions among the four candidates, with the two Democratically endorsed contenders raising more than four and a half times that of their Republican-backed opponents.

    Leading in campaign contributions as of Oct. 6 was District 4 candidate Lesley Dahlkemper, who has raised more than $42,000. District 3 candidate Jill Fellman followed with more than $31,000 in contributions.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Commissioners postpone action on charges for public records requests

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The Jeffco commissioners postponed again last week approving a measure that would charge the public for access to open records.

    The public information department, headed by county spokeswoman Kathryn Heider, proposed a revised set of fees Oct. 11, though Commissioner John Odom took issue with a flat hourly charge of $34 for county staff to collect documents.

  • Library budget eliminates 15 employees

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The Jefferson County Public Library is planning to eliminate 15 full-time employees and dramatically reduce hours of operation at all branches next year to address nearly $2.3 million in anticipated budget cuts, staff announced last week.

  • Jeffco to boost spending slightly in 2012

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    Jefferson County is planning to spend about $12 million more in 2012 than in 2011, despite a $4 million decline in predicted revenue, according to a budget proposed last week.

    Revenue is down slightly largely due to a 4 percent decrease in property-value assessments, which are anticipated to bring in $7.7 million less than in the current year. The proposed budget is about $489 million. The current year’s budget was approved at nearly $477 million.

  • Chatfield softball players participate in Race for the Cure

    On Sunday, Oct. 2, the Chatfield softball team players along with family members participated in early-morning 5K Race for the Cure. The girls showed team spirit is displayed on the field as well as off.

  • 5A regional softball pairings set

    The 5A softball regionals are Saturday, Oct. 15. Jeffco League teams Chatfield, Dakota Ridge and Columbine all qualified for the postseason based on their Top-5 finish in the nine-team league. Chatfield won the league trophy with an 8-1 mark, beating out Dakota Ridge on a tiebreaker courtesy of its 2-1 win over the Lady Eagles during the regular season. Columbine reached the playoffs after finishing in a five-way tie for fourth with a 4-5 record. It, along with Pomona, won the tiebreaker.

  • Wet, muddy fun

    Saturday's rainy, snowy weather did not dampen the enthusiasm as hundreds gathered at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield to pick Halloween pumpkins during the annual Pumpkin Festival.

    Erica Hewitt, pictured, laughs as she pulls a muddy pumpkin from the patch. Chatfield's corn maze is open on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. through Oct. 30.

  • Inmate shot, killed by deputy during alleged escape attempt

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    A Jeffco inmate died Oct. 11 after being shot by a deputy during an alleged escape attempt while at a medical imaging center in Golden.

    Medics transported Jesus Aguilar, 28, to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, where he was later pronounced dead. The deputy, who has not been identified, fired one shot at about 11:40 a.m., a spokesman for the Golden Police Department said.