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Today's News

  • For governments, death by ballot

    People in civilized societies understand that we have collective needs that can be met only through the coordinated efforts of citizens. Many of those collective needs are met through the activities of governments. We expect our federal, state, local and special-district governments to do things that it makes no sense to do individually. We drive on public roads. We get water and dispose of wastewater through governmentally owned utilities. We educate our children in public schools. We protect our homes and businesses through governmental fire departments.

  • School district may seek tax increase next year

     

    Jeffco Public Schools could be turning to voters as early as next year for a tax increase to offset recent declines in state funding.

    A citizen panel tasked with evaluating community support presented the school board Sept. 2 with a tentative plan for a bond issue and mill-levy increase. The panel said about $500,000 in private funding would be needed for the campaign to win approval for the measures.

  • NEIGHBORS NEWS

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    Blue Heron students cheer walkers

    Students and staff at Blue Heron Elementary made signs and cheered on participants in the 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer on Aug. 27 when the walk passed through the Grant Ranch neighborhood.

     

    Littleton resident completes internship at Youth Villages

    Stephanie Elizabeth Parazak of Littleton spent her summer interning at Youth Villages, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families live successfully.

  • Tripp ready for regionals after earning fourth win

    WESTMINSTER — The mental hurdles that kept Zach Tripp’s scores down at midseason are a thing of the past, as evident of the Dakota Ridge senior’s fourth medalist honor of the season on Sept. 10.

  • Jeffco enacts fire ban

  • Red Rocks stair-climb to commemorate 9/11 victims

      Anyone wanting to join metro area firefighters in honoring those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, can climb the stairs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison and at the same time raise money for a good cause.

    “It’s been nine years,” said Shawn Duncan, a coordinator of the Red Rocks stair-climb. “People are forgetting and moving on.” 

  • Chargers lead throughout in dominant win

    The Chatfield Chargers’ volleyball team showed just how dominant they can be when they don’t make mistakes.

  • Wal-Mart employee seriously injured by alleged shoplifter

      A South Jeffco Walmart employee was seriously injured Aug. 20 in what police are calling an unusually vicious attack during a shoplifting incident.

    The employee was attempting to stop three men suspected of shoplifting as they exited the building at 13240 W. Coal Mine Ave. One of the men allegedly punched the employee, knocking his face into the shopping cart, before he fell to the ground.

    Though two of the suspects, Jose Cruz and Joe Lucero, were arrested, a third man remains unidentified.

  • Library patrons can check out energy use

      Homeowners curious about their energy consumption now have a tool to help them take control of utility costs, and that tool is as close as the nearest Jefferson County Public Library.

    Xcel Energy has donated 20 wattmeters to the library district, and they are now available for checkout by library patrons.

    “It’s a real eye-opener,” said Chris Dierker, market manager with Xcel Energy. “It’ll make you want to delve into the topic (of energy consumption) and get to be a savvy energy user.”

  • Desire to serve spurs Harvey into HD 28 race

     

    South Jeffco Democratic candidate Steve Harvey is very much aware of the slim odds of his unseating state House District 28 incumbent Jim Kerr.

    But Harvey, a globally traveled intellectual who earned a law degree at age 50, has used his campaign to make a mark on the local community, regardless, he says, of the 2010 election’s outcome.