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Today's News

  • Budget cuts force Columbine library to close Mondays

     

    All Jeffco libraries normally open seven days a week, including the Columbine Public Library, will be closed on Mondays beginning in 2011 as administrators try to reduce the operating budget by about $3 million over the next two years.

    Library officials are forced to cut the budget because of increased employee benefit costs, lower county tax revenues and an expected 7 percent reduction in assessed property values beginning in 2012.

  • 1830s Rendezvous planned at The Fort

     

    The Tesoro Cultural Center’s 1830s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Market is a celebration of sights, sounds and aromas, and this year’s event will give Boy and Girl Scouts a special peek at Colorado history.

    The rendezvous will be held at The Fort, 19192 Highway 8 in Morrison, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 26. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and children under 12 are admitted free.

  • Zinna's wiretapping lawsuit dismissed

     

     

    The federal wiretapping lawsuit of one-time Jeffco gadfly Mike Zinna against former county commissioner Jim Congrove and two other defendants was dismissed on Sept. 7 by U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello, who cited a lack of concrete evidence.

    Zinna, who declined to comment extensively at press time, said he will appeal the ruling.

  • White supremacists gather at Chatfield State Park

     

    Members of several prominent white-supremacist groups gathered Sept. 18 at Chatfield State Park and apparently were met with opposition from local protesters.

    The supremacists, affiliated with white-nationalist organizations such as Internet-based Stormfront and the Colorado chapter of the Nationalist Coalition, said the 10- or 15-person convergence was little more than a social gathering.

  • Foothills plans another round of prairie dog fumigation

     

    Foothills Park & Recreation is likely to proceed this week with another round of prairie dog extermination in Clement Park, after a spectator at Columbine High School’s football field recently stepped into a hole and suffered a broken wrist.

    The poisoning will be smaller in scope than the previous extermination June 16, during which 539 burrows were fumigated, said district executive director Ron Hopp, adding that the measure is a safety response.

  • Report of gun spurs evacuation at Alameda High

    Alameda High School was evacuated early Tuesday afternoon following a report of person carrying a weapon inside the school. The Lakewood Police Department reportedly began searching the building following the evacuation.

    “There’s a report of a weapon in the school,” said Jeffco Public Schools spokeswoman Melissa Reeves.

    Students were relocated to the Lakewood Link Recreation Center at 1295 S. Reed St.

  • Summer's last bash

     

    Blasts of distorted electric-guitar chords compounded with a capricious flow of drums and cymbal crashes on Sept. 18 as the Summerset Festival audience absorbed the hard-rock performance of local student band Chapter 4. A teenage crowd edged up against the stage, transforming a small section of grass in Clement Park into a mosh pit, pushing and laughing as they bounced off of one another.

  • ’08 server attack on Foothills website led to improvements

     

    The 2008 server attack on the Foothills Park & Recreation website that compromised credit card data from thousands of users has since resulted in improved online security, the district said at a meeting near the event’s anniversary.

    And despite a temporary decline in online registration for the district’s programs, the server hack had little financial impact, said director Ron Hopp.

  • Jeffco district gets $22.6 million grant to boost teacher pay in high-poverty schools

    Jeffco Public Schools has received a five-year federal grant worth $22.6 million to increase teacher incentives at 12 elementary and middle schools.

    None of the selected schools are in South Jeffco. Requirements for the grant specified that at least 50 percent of students in each school be eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches.

  • Man gets five years for shaking baby

      A Littleton man convicted on charges of shaking his 6-week-old daughter and causing brain damage was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison.

    Anton Bogachov, 23, was arrested in March after his daughter was taken to Children’s Hosptial, where she was treated for a broken rib and fluid accumulating around her brain. The rib injury was apparently old and was in the process of healing.

    Bogachov pleaded guilty in July to two counts of child abuse resulting in severe bodily injury.