Today's News

  • Santorum wins statewide GOP straw poll

    Jeffco Republicans narrowly favored presidential candidate Mitt Romney over Rick Santorum in Tuesday’s straw poll, though Santorum prevailed in the statewide caucus results by more than 5 percentage points.

    Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich lagged severely behind, each garnering about 12 percent of the vote, both in Jefferson County and statewide. Detailed results for the Arapahoe County precinct caucuses were not available Tuesday evening.

  • National signing day

    The first Wednesday in February holds a lot of meaning for student-athletes. For many, it's the bridging of their lives from high school to college, from adolescence to adulthood. It is National Signing Day, the first day — besides a one-week period in November — in which they can sign their letter-of-intent to play athletics at the next level. The following is a list of area athletes who were celebrated on Feb. 1 for making a commitment toward their future:

  • A voyage into learning

    In the summer of 1856, Capt. Samuel Comstock took 32 men from New Bedford, Mass., into the North Atlantic, beginning a three-year sojourn that would claim the life of one crewman and hundreds of sperm whales.

    Etched neatly into a tattered and fading logbook are the details of that voyage, from a time when homes across the country glowed dimly from hurricane lanterns burning whale oil. The logbook, a 300-page nautical and financial record of the Governor Troup ship, sat virtually untouched for a century and a half.

  • 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?