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Today's News

  • Ex-county attorney takes witness stand in Zinna trial

    In the third day of the misuse-of-power jury trial pitting radio-show host and longtime Jeffco critic Mike Zinna against former commissioner Jim Congrove, the focus was on former county attorney Frank Hutfless, the top in-house attorney for Jeffco from February 2005 to March 2007.

  • Nine indicted in wide-ranging identity-theft ring

    Five men and four women alleged to be in an identity theft and forgery ring operating in Jefferson County have been indicted by a grand jury for racketeering under laws designed to prosecute organized crime.

    Those indicted are accused of participating in a criminal enterprise that operated in Jefferson County, the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs between October 2008 and February 2009.

  • Compensation study shows county workers underpaid

    Jefferson County has paid a quarter of a million dollars to discover what many county employees already suspected: They’re underpaid.

    The study, which ended up costing a total of $245,000, was presented less than a week before the Board of Commissioners will meet to revise the county’s proposed 2010 budget.

    Implementing pay adjustments for employees who earn less than market wages could cost between $107,000 and $1.4 million per year, depending on which groups would be selected for raises and how close to market rates they would be paid.

  • Littleton soccer coach sentenced to 24 years in prison for sex with 13-year-old girl

    A 46-year-old Littleton soccer coach was sentenced Nov. 6 to 24 years in prison for kidnapping and sexual assault of a child after having sex with a 13-year-old girl twice and lying to police during the search for the girl.

    Myers was arrested following a massive search for the 13-year-old girl in Littleton on Oct. 24, 2008, that ultimately ended when he turned himself into police. Myers was the goal-keepers skills coach for the girl’s team in the Littleton Soccer Club.

  • Colorado national forests get stimulus funds

    Three national forests in Colorado will benefit from $5.6 million from the federal economic recovery program.

    About $500,000 will pay for a program in which the Colorado Youth Conservation Corps will employ up to four 10-person teams of young adults to reduce fuels in wildland-urban interface areas.

  • Swimmers take their mark

    If the pools at the Ridge Recreation Center have seemed a bit crowded lately, it’s because girls swimming is back in season and Columbine, Dakota Ridge and Chatfield are all hitting the pool and hoping to come out strong.

    Chatfield and Columbine are hoping to regain the form that saw them finish second and third in the Jeffco league respectively, while Dakota Ridge is hoping to improve on a middle-of-the-pack finish from a year ago.

    Chatfield’s depth has coach Ron Johns thinking optimistically.

  • Giants fan takes loss in stride

    As soon as the 2009 NFL schedule was released, I knew I had to find my way to Invesco Field this season.

    The New York Giants only come to town so often, and I understood that if I didn’t seize the opportunity to see my favorite team play in my own backyard, I probably would have to wait a long time for them to return.

    My initial Internet search for tickets proved disappointing but thankfully, a co-worker at the Courier has season tickets and offered me a golden opportunity to use them to see the Giants take on the Broncos on Thanksgiving night.

  • Eagles putting pieces in place for run in Jeffco

    Things are coming together at Dakota Ridge.

    For a program with a second-year coach and players that kept their heads above water last season as sophomore starters, the Eagles are progressing nicely.

    “We had an awesome summer,” coach Curi Yutzy said. “The kids are really starting to get what we’re trying to do.”

    The Eagles return three starters from a squad that went 8-15 overall last year, 3-10 in the Class 5A Jefferson County League.

  • Courier attorney: Access to county commissioners' e-mails falls short

    An online system that displays e-mails among the three Jeffco commissioners - created after the Courier confronted the commission over an apparent violation of the state Open Meetings Law - has been used just once.

    And, according to First Amendment attorney Chris Beall, the system still doesn’t bring the commissioners into full compliance with the law.

  • Realtors, banks work to maintain foreclosed homes

    Some Realtors and an official at Colorado’s biggest bank say they’re doing everything they can to keep foreclosed homes looking spiffy in Jefferson County.

    Their work comes as sheriff’s deputies and county commissioners are discussing how to levy fines or other penalties on banks and others that don’t maintain the properties. County officials also want those responsible for the properties to register their names so they can be contacted if crimes are committed.