Today's News

  • Jeffco employees offered healthy incentive to take survey

    Jefferson County is offering most of its full-time employees $50 to take online health-assessment surveys, a program for which it has set aside more than $100,000.

    Though the surveys, which are an attempt to make employees more aware of their personal health risks, would cost $119,000 if all employees with health benefits participate, the county anticipates a response of only 40 to 50 percent.

    “We have a certain budget for all wellness, and this is a component of it,” county Human Resources Director Jennifer Fairweather said.

  • Lovelorn goose feeling down

    Many love stories have withstood the test of time: Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and Prince Charming, and even Bella and Edward.

    Morrison has its own love story that is just squawking be told: Pedro and Juanita.

    Pedro and Juanita are Chinese white geese who have lived together in Morrison with their owners, Marie and George McLaughlin. Pedro recently died, leaving Nita mourning for her constant companion.

    So the McLaughlins are looking for a new friend for the lovelorn Juanita.

  • Locals flock to nature center to watch bald eagles

    Armed with binoculars and a birding field guide, 11-year-old Ben Sampson trekked through the back trails at South Platte Park on a recent Saturday morning as part of a ranger-led bald eagle tour offered by the Carson Nature Center.

  • Commissioners set to resurrect county audit committee

    More than six months after the county commissioners unexpectedly dissolved Jeffco’s audit committee, the board last week began resurrecting a group tasked with reviewing the county’s financial audits.

    A new, more structured audit committee will be more independent and transparent, county officials said at a Jan. 31 meeting, and members will also receive more training.

  • Sports briefs

    Musleh, Davis lead way as Dakota Ridge edges A-West

    Abdullah Musleh and Elijah Davis scored 16 points apiece as Dakota Ridge held off Arvada West 66-64 on Feb. 1.
    Chris Poste and Dakota Wallin added 10 points apiece for the Eagles (10-8, 8-4 5A Jeffco League).
    Arvada West (4-14, 2-9) was led by a game-high 18 points from Dylan Waters. Alex Satchell added 13 points, Thomas Neff scored 12 and Marcus Culhane 11.

  • A ‘fracking’ consensus?

    Who would have thought with the emphasis on our state’s new-energy economy that advances in ways to extract oil and natural gas would trigger economic opportunities in the energy industry in Colorado? And yet, that is what is happening as energy companies are preparing to utilize hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to extract energy around Colorado.

  • An editor ponders his empty nest

    A little less than five years ago, Evergreen Newspapers had a sudden opening for a photo editor. Though I’ve never had kids myself, that week I experienced a taste of what it must be like.
    Two students of whom I was particularly fond had recently moved to the East Coast, and I was fairly certain that either would hurry back to join our team. And therein lay the dilemma: Who would come home, and whom would we go on missing?

  • Chargers get even, knock off Eagles

    Conference rival Chatfield sent Dakota Ridge to its second straight three-point loss with a 33-30 home victory on Feb. 4. The Lady Eagles were also beaten on the road 44-41 at Arvada West two nights earlier.
    The Lady Chargers (9-11, 5-8 5A Jeffco League), who avenged a 54-53 loss at Dakota Ridge on Jan. 11, honored five seniors prior to the game. But it was the entire team that responded in the victory. Only senior Brittany Bame, out with a torn knee ligaments, wasn’t able to contribute on the court, but her presence was definitely felt by both teams.

  • Hoffschneider repeats at Jeffco League champion

    LAKEWOOD — Nick Hoffschneider won a second consecutive 5A Jeffco League tournament championship Feb. 4 at Bear Creek, scoring a 9-1 win over Pomona’s Ramon Yslas in the final round.
    The Columbine 182-pounder was the lone local champion crowned at this year’s tournament, which was relocated from Elizabeth High School due to heavy snow.

  • Kuhr’s win paces Columbine

    ARVADA — Even with several feet of snow altering the schedule of the 5A Jeffco League swimming championships Columbine did not disappoint.
    Finishing behind powerhouse Ralston Valley and a tough Lakewood squad, the Lady Rebels edged out Chatfield for third place by a mere two points on Feb. 4 at the George J. Meyers pool. This came after wintry weather forced the prelims from Feb. 3 to the morning of the finals.
    “I’m a little speechless,” Rebels coach Kristi Marosy. “I think they did a great job.”