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Today's News

  • Hobbs peaking heading into state

    LAKEWOOD — Averly Hobbs is ready. At least that’s the hope after the Chatfield diver won the 5A Jeffco League championship on Feb. 2 at the Carmody Rec Center.
    Hobbs, who placed fourth at the 5A state meet in 2012, won the 2013 conference championship with a score of 410.05 points. Lakewood’s Allison Murphy was second with 380.55 points, while Chatfield teammate Nicole Hagen came in third with 317.95.

  • Rosier pushes resolution opposing gun control

    The battle taking place over gun control at the federal and state levels has found its way to the Jeffco commissioners.

    Commissioner Don Rosier has introduced a resolution that would call for the county to take a stand against possible new gun-control regulations being debated after the recent mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora.

  • Jeffco to test new emergency-notification system on Wednesday

    The new emergency-notification system being used in Jefferson County will be tested Wednesday morning.
    This CodeRED system, which is replacing the problem-plagued FIRST CALL or 911.net, is being used by emergency services providers in Jeffco and Broomfield counties, as well as parts of Arapahoe, Adams, Clear Creek and Douglas counties. It will be tested in Broomfield on Wednesday as well.
    Test calls will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday and should continue for several hours. To sign up, visit your911.net.

  • Former Golden High School employee arrested on suspicion of embezzlement

    A former employee of Golden High School has been charged with embezzling almost $156,000 from the school.

    Judith Marie Eakins, 53, was employed at the school for about 13 years, including serving as the school's financial secretary from July 2008 until November. She was arrested Tuesday and charged with theft and embezzling public property.

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  • Turnover taxing Jeffco Human Services Department

    Jeffco’s Department of Human Services is struggling with a high employee turnover rate, as more and more employees leave for similar jobs in neighboring counties that pay more.

    According to a report presented to the county commissioners, between 2010 and 2012, Human Services had a turnover rate for full-time employees of just under 30 percent, more than double the generally accepted 14 percent rate for government agencies.

    For divisions like Justice Services and Fraud, the turnover rate was more than 37 percent.  

  • It's hip to be square

    The crowd that had been mingling and eating homemade cookies migrated to the makeshift dance floor at the beckon of the caller.

    “Time to square up,” yelled Jan Hormuth as she joined the new dancers, who were quickly forming groups.

  • Boggs says additional work at school should have been put up for bid

    A Jeffco school board member is questioning the board’s decision to nearly triple the value of a contract for a company doing construction at Westminster’s Standley Lake High School without requesting new bids.

    Board member Laura Boggs says the contract change should warrant a new bid process, while board President Lesley Dahlkemper and district staff disagree, saying the district was within its legal rights to amend the contract.

  • Scholarship, musical talents, leadership are potent package in Dakota Ridge student

    It’s my fortunate opportunity to introduce Dakota Ridge High School senior Abbie Randall. As is true for every high school, DRHS recognizes students leaving positive academic legacies in many ways — including membership in the school’s National Honor Society. Abbie represents the role model by which all other students are compared and selected for this academic program. She daily emulates the primary pillars of NHS: leadership, scholarship character and service.

  • Plans to tighten smoking regulations in unincorporated Jeffco worry commissioners

    A coalition of anti-smoking groups wants to tighten smoking restrictions in Jefferson County, but the county commissioners got a little hot under the collar over infringing on the rights of business owners.

    Jeffco’s Public Health Department has teamed with Healthy Unincorporated Jefferson County, a tobacco prevention coalition, to push for several changes to Jeffco’s smoking regulations and restrictions.