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Today's News

  • Arvada woman selected to fill empty school board seat

    Robin Johnson of Arvada will fill the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education seat vacated when former board president Scott Benefield resigned June 30.

    Johnson has three children in Jeffco Public Schools and has been active at her local parent-teacher association, according to a statement from the school district. She’ll take the oath of office at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at the district’s headquarters.

    Johnson will have to run for re-election Nov. 1 if she hopes to keep the seat.

  • Second annual Dairy Queen Show and Shine revs up appreciation for vintage vehicles

    It goes without saying that the owners of the more than 100 classic cars at the Dairy Queen Show and Shine on Aug. 16 are serious about their love for vintage vehicles.

    How serious? Consider the sign in the window of a 1941 pearl-white Ford Business Coupe: "Please don't touch. The last person seen touching it was Jimmy Hoffa."

    Enough said.

    Touching aside, the car owners who packed the Dairy Queen parking lot off South Pierce Street between West Ken Caryl and West Chatfield avenues were eager to talk about their cars and proud to show them off.

  • 50 jobs leaving South Jeffco as Lockheed/Boeing continue rocket production consolidation

    Fifty jobs are leaving South Jeffco as United Launch Alliance continues to move its Atlas rocket production to northern Alabama.

    United Launch Alliance, based in Centennial, is a joint venture owned by Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The company engineers and produces rockets for the Atlas and Delta rocket programs, with the U.S. government as its largest client.

  • Dem drops out of CD6 primary race: Canter hopes to help former rival Flerlage unseat Mike Coffman

    One of the two Democrats vying for Congressman Mike Coffman's seat in the 2010 election has dropped out of the race.

    David Canter, a Highlands Ranch attorney, says fund-raising challenges led him to end his 10-month campaign. That leaves South Jeffco's John Flerlage as the only Democrat in the race.

    "During my fund-raising and meeting with people, a lot of people in the 6th Congressional District were staying on the sidelines," Canter said. "That wasn't doing John any good, and it wasn't doing me any good."

  • Chatfield High to be open Monday for first day of school

    Chatfield High School will be open on Monday to all students and staff after 500 freshmen were forced to evacuate the building Aug. 21 as a result of an airborne irritant.

    Two dozen Chatfield High School students and staff were taken to hospitals Aug. 21 after the unidentified irritant made them ill. About 500 freshmen at the school for orientation had to evacuate.

  • Jeffco boosts funding share for animal shelter: Proposal has foundation, municipalities backstopping $1.5 million outlay

    A deal that would have Jeffco taxpayers foot an additional $1.5 million for the Foothills Animal Shelter project with the promise of being repaid within five years seems headed for approval.

    County staff recently suggested spending an additional $1.5 million from the general fund to make up for slow fund-raising on the part of the Table Mountain Animal Center Foundation.

    The new shelter, which will replace the Table Mountain Animal Center, is set to open in fall 2010 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

  • Eagles golfers prepared to soar

    If you didn’t know Scott Burroughs was such a likable guy, you might mistake his laugh for something a little diabolical in nature.

    "I’m excited," Burroughs says when talking about his Dakota Ridge boys golf team. And then he laughs and you start to wonder if he’s found a potion to turn his Eagles into miniature versions of Tiger Woods – or at least Y.E. Yang.

    "I’m excited," Burroughs says again. "This is our year. If we’re going to make some noise, this is it."

  • 7-year-old South Jeffco burn victim succumbs to injuries

    Logan Miles, the 7-year-old boy who was severely injured in a July 17 house fire, has died from his injuries.

    Family members say the boy died Aug. 6 after surgery related to his injuries at a California hospital, according to Marni Gusich, one of the boy’s aunts.

    “Considering how bad he was burned, he was doing well,” Gusich said. “But overall he was still in critical condition.”

  • County files motion to restrict former attorney’s testimony in lawsuit

    Former county attorney Frank Hutfless may have violated attorney-client privilege by offering to testify against the county in a federal wiretapping lawsuit, according to the Jefferson County Attorney's Office, and the county is now asking a federal judge to make sure it doesn't happen again.

  • County hopes to get cities involved in funding new animal shelter

    Jeffco officials are trying to broker a deal that would ease the county's financial obligation for funding a new animal shelter and shift some of the burden to cities in the county.