Today's News

  • Legislature must foster job creation

    By Mike Kopp

  • Little opposition to approval of 2011 Deer Creek Challenge

    Opposition to Jeffco’s approval of the second annual Deer Creek Challenge bicycle tour was almost nonexistent Dec. 7, compared to the vehement objections from canyon residents at last year’s public hearing.

    The ride, with three courses ranging from 33 miles to 106 miles, is scheduled for Aug. 21, 2011, a day before the start of the highly anticipated Quizno’s Pro Challenge, a week-long bicycle race covering 600 miles in Colorado.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Prescription for disaster

  • Library board rejects attempt to head off Monday closures

    A last-ditch effort to spare all Jefferson County Library branches from Monday closures in 2011 was overwhelmingly rejected Dec. 9, after two newly appointed trustees moved for a vote to reconsider the cost-saving measure.

  • Where Santa's spirit reigns

    Betty Buelter remembers her first time volunteering at the Jeffco Action Center’s annual Santa Shop, an event that provides toys for needy families during the holidays.

    Now in its fourth decade, the program has seen significant improvements. With few exceptions, the toys are all new, and the center provides gifts for about 4,000 children — something unfathomable during its first year, when only 17 families took home donated gifts.

  • Open Space funds may buy Boulder’s cooperation

    Jefferson County is hoping to spend $5 million in Open Space funds in exchange for the city and county of Boulder dropping their opposition to construction of the Jefferson Parkway, the Denver area beltway’s final link and the key to lucrative development in northwest Jeffco. 

    The land deal proposed recently by Jeffco would leverage the Open Space funds to gain Boulder’s acquiescence in construction of the toll road, an idea to which the Boulder City Council apparently is warming.

  • Entrepreneur heard a need, responded

    South Jeffco resident Laura Hansen saw an opportunity in a niche market — helping an increasingly aurally impaired population get the most out of its hearing aids.

    So the savvy entrepreneur, a former real estate appraiser, jumped at the prospect of supplying Colorado’s churches, auditoriums and other large venues with “hearing loops,” a hearing-aid-amplifying technology used in Europe for decades that is just beginning to emerge in the U.S.

  • Chatfield students pack cheer for troops

    A group of Chatfield High School students started celebrating Christmas weeks ahead of time, stuffing stockings for troops on Dec. 3 in an annual tradition in special-education teacher Sharon McManus’ class.

    More than a dozen students topped their heads with festive novelty hats resembling elves or reindeer and packed handfuls of candy, disposable razors, hand warmers and other items into 250 stockings handmade by students in the school’s family and consumer science classes.

  • Ingenuity floats their boat

    The physicist Archimedes completed his famed treatise “On Floating Bodies” more than 2,000 years ago, without knowing that swarms of Dakota Ridge High School students clad in grass skirts and Viking helmets would one day test his brilliant principle in shaky homemade vessels.

    More than 150 students packed into Carmody Recreation Center on Dec. 3, with 50 teams competing to best fabricate a pool-worthy ship from one of the most simple and widely available packaging materials.

  • Holiday’s true meaning not measured in sales 

    In the classic cartoon “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Charlie Brown writes a letter to Santa as his sister, Sally, dictates. “Please note the size and color of each item,” she says, “and send as many as possible. If it seems too complicated, make it easy on yourself: Just send money. How about tens and twenties?” Rolling his eyes in disgust, Charlie Brown laments the commercialism that has crept into Christmas.