Today's News

  • A stamp of approval

    After years of drafting computer diagrams and architectural schematics, South Jeffco resident Bonnie Warner wanted a bit more color in her life.

    So Warner dove into the crafty subculture of stamping, a do-it-yourself art combining media such as ink, fabric, colored pencils and paint thinner to create cards, books and virtually anything that can reside on paper.

    And for 15 years, Warner, 46, who in October opened a local stamping emporium, has been a recognized name in the stamping world, traveling a multi-state circuit of 12 annual events.

  • First snow creates fun, snarls

    Winter weather finally landed in South Jeffco last week, during a season that has been dominated by unusually warm and dry conditions.

    As heavy snow began falling by late morning on Dec. 30, residents formed queues at hardware and tire stores, stocking up on winter necessities.

  • Food-assistance applications up again in 2010

    Demand for food assistance in Jefferson County rose by more than 45 percent in 2010.

    Last year, the county received 18,281 food-stamp applications, up from 12,567 in 2009 and 7,925 in 2008.

    Similarly, Medicaid applications and child welfare calls to the county hotline increased by nearly 7 percent, though demand for other human services programs fluctuated less dramatically. The county received 9,141 Medicaid applications last year, compared to 8,527 in 2009.

  • Winter arrives late, but with a lot of baggage

    Winter weather finally landed in South Jeffco on Thursday, during a season that has been dominated by unusually warm and dry conditions.
    As heavy snow began falling by late morning, residents formed queues at hardware and tire stores, stocking up on winter necessities.

  • Jeffco Schools’ IT services desk helps homeless students

    Members of Jeffco Schools IT services desk passed the hat for the Jefferson Foundation’s Homeless Services Fund.
    “Since we don’t get the opportunity to work directly with students, we wanted to connect with those who could use a hand,” said Billie Wolfe, IT of user security. “We found out about the Jefferson Foundation’s Homeless Services Fund and pooled our money to buy grocery store gift certificates. It was very easy to write a check for the funds collected and get it to the foundation.”

  • Heroism and second chances top year in news

    An old Chinese proverb says, “May you live in interesting times.” And 2010 was an interesting year for South Jeffco.

    From an eleventh-hour sparing of Ken Caryl Middle School to an ongoing legal battle between Jefferson County and a marijuana dispensary, a few stories stand out in a year filled with a mix of hard news and unusual events.

  • Government transparency not negotiable

    Recently I was reading a book to my kids about the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention in 1787 when a remarkable fact jumped out: The delegates conducted their work in absolute secrecy. This was one of the only ground rules of the convention, and not until James Madison’s death in 1840 did his notes reveal the content of many discussions that took place.
    It’s very possible the Constitution — and this nation itself — would not exist as we know it had the deliberations been subject to public scrutiny.

  • A pet project for students

    A pack of cold noses provided warm holiday cheer at a school for developmentally disabled students Dec. 22, when Foothills Animal Shelter brought a few gregarious pooches to Laradon Hall.

    As part of a new partnership between the two entities, a group of Laradon’s students work five-day shifts at the shelter, acquiring custodial training and learning to take pride in a hard day’s work. And the shelter, which operates on donations and government allocations, is able to keep its new facility tidier than its budget would normally allow.

  • Bipartisan effort toes admirable line

    Democrats took control of the Colorado Senate by a narrow 18-17 margin after the 2000 election. Republicans maintained control of the House and the governor’s office. When incoming Senate President Stan Matsunaka spoke at the annual pre-legislative forum sponsored by the Colorado Press Association that year, he announced that because he didn’t believe a split legislature could agree on a plan, the Senate wouldn’t try to pass a bill to establish congressional districts for the next 10 years and the issue would be passed onto the courts.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Architect of his own destruction

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A local man headed home from a night of drinking at a Denver bar was reportedly well aware he took in a bit too much holiday cheer. After driving erratically on Dec. 16, the driver was pulled over by a deputy, to whom he reportedly said, “I’m so screwed.” To no one’s surprise, the man did not ace his roadside maneuvers, and he was taken to detox.