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Today's News

  • County to survey residents on services

      Jefferson County is spending $24,700 for a resident-survey project that is anticipated to gather about 1,000 responses.

    Beginning this month, 3,000 surveys will be sent to randomly selected homes in the county. Questions are designed to ascertain which county services residents value most and which they value least.

  • Local Scout makes holiday brighter for Marines

      Chatfield High School sophomore David Kozak moved a step closer to becoming an Eagle Scout over the holiday season.

    Kozak, 15, organized a project that delivered holiday stockings to 457 Marines stationed in Afghanistan.

    “I wanted to do something to help the military,” he said. Part of his path to the high Scouting rank involved managing a service project.

  • More trees to come down at Chatfield

      A stretch of trees in Chatfield State Park’s popular dog park along the South Platte River is doomed.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be felling Russian olives and other trees on the south side of the river as soon as weather permits to decrease the flood risk in the area.

    But at least one South Jeffco resident is not happy about the impending removal.

  • Jeffco sheriff investigating alleged nudity at Mr. Biggs

      The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is filing charges against the owner of Mr. Biggs following an incident allegedly involving nudity during a recent fashion show at the business.

    Four deputies were performing a routine walk-through Dec. 18 when they discovered about 45 women, some topless and having their bodies painted, behind a curtained-off area at the South Jeffco entertainment center, said sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires.

  • Commissioners reject short-term vacation rentals

    The Jeffco commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday morning against allowing homeowners to rent their homes to vacationers and visitors on a short-term basis.

    The board quickly dispatched an issue that has been a hot subject at numerous meetings since September when the planning department first proposed the idea of changing the zoning regulations.

    Unlike the county commissioners, the planning commission voted 5-2 in favor of allowing short-term rentals, with conditions, at a meeting Dec. 9.

     

  • Looking back at 2009: As it turns 20, the Columbine Courier recalls the year's events in South Jeffco

      2009 was a year of anniversaries.

    Two decades ago a small newspaper opened its doors and became the main source of local news for an unincorporated part of Jefferson County that has come to be known simply as South Jeffco.

  • Colorado's budget: Here come the cuts

    The Denver Post recently reported that “Colorado’s budget shortfall has grown another $40 million, reaching a projected $600.6 million for the fiscal year that ends in June.” This is due in large part to declining tax revenues as a result of bad economic conditions.

    To make matters worse, in the upcoming fiscal year — which starts in August — the budget shortfall is expected to be $1.5 billion. 

    To put those numbers into perspective, the state's operating budget for fiscal 2009-10 is just about $19 billion.

  • Change is great for prep football

    Breaking up is hard to do. But it sure can be fun sometimes.

    Consider the new Class 5A and 4A football landscape after the Colorado High School Activities Association, school administrators and coaches carved up two fields in flux.

    Big-school football will live up to the billing for the next two-year cycle with 52 schools, a nice raise from the previous 45, which meant making the 32-team playoff bracket was a lot like hitting water after falling off a cruise ship.

    The 32-playoff bracket remains for 2010-11 … and that brings us to the give-and-take.

  • Leverage always a player in politics

    It’s disappointing on every level that health care reform, like the stimulus plan before it, will be enacted without bipartisan cooperation. While Democrats have charged Republicans with being obstructionists and Republicans have called Democrats arrogant, the simple fact is that President Obama’s major initiatives will be enacted without Republican support.

  • Rowdy Rebels cling to victory

    Mike McCuaig doesn’t see any stars on the Columbine hockey roster this season.

    Himself included.

    But the Rebels’ goalie and his teammates are trying to corner the market on ‘scrappy.’

    “It’s scrappy, but we get the job done,” McCuaig said. “We scrap, but we’re not ridiculous with it. We try to draw penalties.”