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Today's News

  • Jeffco investment manager projects 2.3 percent return in 2009

    Jeffco’s investment managers expect to earn $7 million in investment income in 2009, which would be an average 2.3 percent return.

    Jeffco treasury officer and portfolio manager Mark Hubbard told the county commissioners Aug. 4 that the county’s investment portfolio was at about $304 million at the end of June and that the county had already earned nearly $4.3 million on interest in 2009. Earnings are expected to rise to $7 million by the end of 2009, Hubbard said.

  • South Jeffco man arrested, accused of attempted murder

    Jeffco sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Aug. 4 after he apparently shot at an insurance claims investigator.

    Marshall C. Lawson, 27, is being held in the Jefferson County Detention Facility on a $150,000 bond on charges of attempted first-degree murder.

  • Race ends in tie (sort of)

    IDAHO SPRINGS — An unusual act of sportsmanship developed Aug. 8 out of a game of long-legged brinkmanship.

    Jason Delaney and James McGown were neck and neck for the first 12 miles of the annual Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon.

    Delaney, of Golden, was the men’s defending champion and also won the race three years ago. He got out quickly from the start in Georgetown and set the early pace.

    “He’s younger, so he gets out fast,” said McGown, 34.

  • Is it time already?

    Where o where did our summer go?

    In just eight short days, most kids in the Jefferson County school district will report back to school. Is it just me or does that seem entirely too early?

    Back in my day, school didn’t start until after Labor Day. Granted, we were also in school until the third week of June, but there’s something about having to start school in the middle of August that just doesn’t feel right.

  • Nothing too Phishy

    The weekend concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre by the rock band Phish were subdued as far as law enforcement was concerned, allaying fears that these concerts would be a repeat of the last time Phish fans flooded the Morrison area.

    “I was the on-call (police spokeswoman) over the weekend, and I wasn’t advised of anything major happening,” said Detective Sharon Avendano of the Denver Police Department. Red Rocks and the park’s parking lots are owned and operated by the city of Denver.

  • Control distance on long putts

    You’ve finally made it to the green, and now it is time to putt. Most of the time your first putt on the green is going to be over 20 feet.

    Making long putts is very rewarding, but if you don’t make that long putt, you must be sure to get the ball in the hole in two strokes. Distance control on these putts can help you get them down in two strokes.

    An often over-looked factor in making long putts is contacting the sweet spot of the putter. By paying attention to your fundamentals, you can consistently make this happen. 

  • Five-vehicle crash on C-470 leaves motorcyclist dead

    A five-vehicle crash left one man dead Monday evening on C-470 near the Ken Caryl Avenue exit. The highway was closed for three hours.

    According to the Colorado State Patrol, a little before 5 p.m. a Chrysler driven by 19-year-old Brock Hornung of Arvada was headed west on C-470 in the left lane. His car went off the left side of the highway near the Ken Caryl Avenue exit and struck a pole. The car continued into the eastbound lanes, hitting a motorcycle, a Chevy S-10 pickup and a Toyota Camry. A fifth vehicle, a Nissan Altima, was struck by debris.

  • Community comes together to help Shirl Smith's community fruit orchard

    A single pear hung from the top branch of one of more than a dozen pear trees at Feeding Many's community fruit orchard Aug. 1.

    The orchard wasn't supposed to produce fruit yet; the trees and other plants were planted at the beginning of April, and Shirl Smith, the orchard's creator and driving force, wasn't expecting anything to flower until at least spring of 2010.

    But there it was, the single pear, which Smith took as a sign.

    "It's the very example of why we're here in the first place," Smith said.

  • County website offers look at credit-card spending

    The Jeffco commissioners have charged more than $1,200 on their county credit cards since May 5, on items ranging from airline tickets to T-shirts.

    This information, available in the past through open records requests usually accompanied by several days of waiting, comes from the county's new online procurement card database, a feature the county says will increase transparency for residents wondering how their tax dollars are being spent.

  • Rebels win summer league

    DENVER — It took a special night, but the Columbine Rebels finally beat the Bogeyman.

    The Rebels won the Denver Lacrosse League’s summer season championship Aug. 3 by finally overcoming Jefferson County rival Wheat Ridge with a 7-6 victory at the University of Denver.

    Having dispatched Castle View 9-5 in the semifinals, the Rebels were disciplined from the onset against the Farmers, who had defeated the Rebels in their only summer meeting, and dealt them defeat during the spring prep season.