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Today's News

  • Chatfield pins down Columbine

    Tony Pena may have changed schools and classifications, but his attitude and confidence have remained in tact.

    Pena, wrestling up at 130 pounds on Dec. 10, threw Columbine’s Ben Rhodes around – literally, including one takedown that sent Rhodes down hard onto the exposed hardwood – for close to two periods before scoring a pinfall at the 3-minute, 59-second mark in Chatfield’s 53-24 victory at Chatfield Senior High School.

  • Zinna wins lawsuit against former commissioner

     

    Longtime county critic Mike Zinna won his First Amendment lawsuit Dec. 9 against former county commissioner Jim Congrove when jurors awarded him $1,791 — a number corresponding with the year the Bill of Rights was ratified.

    The former talk-radio host and gadfly blogger alleged Congrove and others violated his First Amendment rights by taking steps to prevent him from speaking at public hearings and to halt his investigations into county government.

  • County administrator confirms moves against Zinna

    County Administrator Jim Moore testified in a federal lawsuit last week that, in 2005, the Jeffco commissioners actively tried to silence longtime county critic Mike Zinna.

    “They were very displeased. They wanted him to stop,” Moore said, referring to the former commission’s reaction to stories posted on Zinna’s websites. “They generally talked about ways to shut him up, shut him down. … There was discussion about evicting him from the airport.”

  • Zinna case against Congrove goes to jury

    Jurors are deliberating the lawsuit by longtime Jeffco critic Mike Zinna against former county commissioner Jim Congrove. The suit alleges that, in 2005 and 2006, Congrove targeted Zinna for investigation, defamation and harassment, in violation of Zinna’s First Amendment rights.

    A commercial photographer testified Dec. 7 in federal court that he had a falling out with Zinna after Zinna failed to pay him for work he’d done on the website Coloradoexposed.com.

  • Proposal would close Ken Caryl Middle School

    About 500 students, parents and teachers hoping to keep their schools open packed Summit Ridge Middle School on Nov. 16 to give their two cents and listen to a horde of proposals from others.

    Jeffco Public Schools faces an $18 million to $20 million budget shortfall for the 2010-11 school year, and bridges to the gap include possible school closures, merging or sharing of facilities, and staff layoffs.

  • Ambitious pictorial history delivers Jeffco saga in detail

    How many know that the scar above the Chimney Creek Condominiums in Genesee is where the Denver Ski Club built a ski jump in 1921?

    The fascinating history of Jefferson County from the pioneer days to the Bucksnort Saloon, Lockheed Martin and suburban housing developments, is obsessively chronicled in “Jefferson County, Colorado: A Unique and Eventful History.”

  • Library service continues to grow

    With recent news of libraries closing, hours being cut and services being reduced around the Denver area and the nation, it’s important not to lose sight of the growing need for library services in the community.

  • Chargers edge rival

    Although the winter sports season has just gotten underway, the Dec. 4 hockey game between rivals Columbine and Chatfield carried a playoff atmosphere to it.

    The stands at the Edge Ice Arena were full of loud, boisterous fans on both sides. And, the action on the ice was hard-hitting and packed with intensity.

    In the end, the Chargers stepped off the ice with a 4-2 victory, thanks to three goals in the third period.

  • Dakota Ridge drops season opener

    Dakota Ridge’s season didn’t get off to quite the start they envisioned.

    A 68-61 Class 5A nonleague loss to Rangeview on Dec. 2 at Dakota Ridge High School was marred by a poor second quarter showing from the Eagles, who failed to make a single field goal and scored just four points in the quarter.

    “We didn’t play as a team,” said Danny DiFolco, who scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter. “Guys didn’t trust each other. We talked about it at halftime, how we needed to come together as a team.”

  • Jeffco libraries expected to feel budget crunch

    The Jeffco Public Library system stands to lose about $1.5 million in revenue next year, as county officials anticipate diverting 0.2 mills of the current levy toward human services programs.

    Despite the expected loss, the library is not planning to close any locations or cut staff positions.

    “Our revenue situation is so tenuous at this time,” administrative services director Patricia Correia said of the specific steps the library will take to absorb the loss. “We will live within our means.”