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Today's News

  • Sharing the road works for bikes and cars

    Do Colorado roads sometimes feel like the Wild, Wild West? A new law seeks safer roads and happy trails for all, here in Jeffco and throughout Colorado.

    Gov. Bill Ritter signed into law Senate Bill 148, the Bicycle Safety Bill, clarifying our state’s rules on how bicycles and motor vehicles share public roads. Sponsors Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, and Rep. Michael Merrifield, D-Manitou Springs, worked with fellow legislators to find common-sense approaches that enhance road safety for everyone. The new law takes effect on Aug. 5.

  • Man sought in South Jeffco sex assault

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who is suspected of sexually assaulting a South Jeffco woman in her home June 26.

    The man is described as being white with short brown hair, about 5-foot-9, weighing about 170 pounds. He's thought to be in his 20s and was wearing dark blue clothing at the time of the attack, according to sheriff's spokesman Jim Shires.

  • Commissioners nix charity bike ride on Deer Creek Canyon Road

    The Jefferson County commissioners have denied a special-event permit for a charity bicycling event Sept.13 on Deer Creek Canyon Road.

    Tuesday’s 2-1 decision came after two hearings, the first of which Commissioner Faye Griffin did not attend, and after numerous objections from canyon residents.

    Commissioners Kathy Hartman and Griffin voted against issuing a special-event permit, deeming the two-lane road unsafe for the event and citing hostilities between motorists and bicyclists.

  • Jeffco libraries see increased demand with no money to expand

    Fifteen minutes before the Columbine Library opened June 26, roughly a dozen customers stood outside waiting. As soon as the doors opened, the people flooded inside, occupying computers, picking up materials or perusing the shelves.

    "That's how it always is," said one man as he read a newspaper while waiting for one of the computers to be free.

  • County, city leaders break ground on new animal shelter

    With ceremonial shovels known affectionately as "pooper scoopers," Jefferson County commissioners and leaders of several municipalities within the county broke ground on a new animal shelter June 30.

    The shelter will replace the aging and crowded Table Mountain Animal Center in Golden, which has been the county's animal control facility for 33 years. The new shelter, set to open in fall 2010, will be called the Foothills Animal Shelter.

    The June 30 groundbreaking ceremony was at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, where the new shelter is being built.

  • Follow him to freedom

    EVERGREEN — Nathan Rice’s Fourth of July began with a thud and a little bit of blood.

    Rice was tripped up at the start line of the Freedom Run 5k and came away with a few cuts and scrapes on his hands and legs.

    The Lafayette resident didn’t stay down long. He quickly dusted himself off, then caught up with the lead pack and made his winning move with a half-mile to go, claiming the Freedom Run title with a time of 15 minutes, 39 seconds.

  • Jeffco has Colorado's first 2009 case of West Nile virus

    The first confirmed case of the West Nile virus in Colorado in 2009 was confirmed last week in Jefferson County, according to the county health department.

    Jeffco public health spokeswoman Kodi Bryant said the case was confirmed in late June in an Arvada man who is recovering at home and expected to make a full recovery.

  • Cloud hurls Eagles to victory

    J.D. Cloud wasn’t supposed to pitch the first game July 1. Douglas County probably wished he hadn’t.

    The Dakota Ridge right-hander scattered three hits over seven innings and struck out nine, including the last four batters he faced, as the Eagles dropped the Huskies 5-1.

  • Commissioners nix charity bike ride on Deer Creek Canyon Road

    The Jefferson County commissioners have denied a special-event permit for a charity bicycling event Sept. 13 on Deer Creek Canyon Road.

    The 2-1 decision on June 30 came after two hearings, the first of which Commissioner Faye Griffin did not attend, and after numerous objections from canyon residents.

    Commissioners Kathy Hartman and Griffin voted against issuing a special-event permit, deeming the two-lane road unsafe for the event and citing hostilities between motorists and bicyclists.

  • Coffman sees progress in Iraq, problems in Afghanistan

    In the wake of U.S. troops moving out of Iraqi cities and transferring control to Iraqi security forces, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman says he sees the bulk of U.S. troops leaving Iraq by the end of next year.

    "All in all, it's pretty good," the Aurora Republican, who represents the 6th Congressional District, said of the military progress being made in Iraq.

    Coffman, who recently returned from a trip to Iraq, says the Iraqi security forces — military and police — have significant challenges to overcome.