Today's News

  • Three library trustees lose positions

    Three of the seven Jefferson County Public Library trustees lost their seats in office Tuesday, as the county commissioners appointed new members, including Commissioner Kathy Hartman, who was recently unsuccessful in her bid for re-election.

    Hartman recused herself from the decision, and a unanimous vote among Commissioners Faye Griffin and Kevin McCasky followed for new appointees Buddy Douglass, Ray Elliot and Hartman.

  • Eagles advance in 4A playoffs in shootout

    LONGMONT — Trailing 28-24 with less than two minutes remaining, the Dakota Ridge Eagles faced a 4th-and-goal at the 7-yard line and called a play they hadn’t used in some time.

    Quarterback Bolton Howes rolled out to his right while receiver Derek Vander Velde rolled with him, drawing two defenders. Howes then planted and threw back to the left to a wide-open Keaton Greenstreet for the go-ahead score.

  • Sporting events, athletes that I’m thankful for in 2010

    The turkey’s almost on the table, the family and friends are almost here and Santa Claus is traveling down the last stretch of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

    It’s that time of year to be thankful. Every year, I reflect back on the year that has been and give thanks to the athletes and sporting events I’ve been blessed to watch. So without further ado …

  • Sports briefs: Volleyball players Bloom, Pollmiller selected to all-star games

    Columbine’s Amanda Bloom and Chatfield’s Mary Pollmiller played Nov. 21 in the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports volleyball game at Broomfield High School.

    Both players also were named to the Colorado High School Coaches Association game that will be played in June 2011 at the University of Northern Colorado in Greleey.

    Bloom, who recently signed her letter of intent to play at Nebraska-Kearney, and Pollmiller were first-team All-Jeffco Conference selections.

  • Fall sports: All-conference teams

    Following is a list of all-conference athletes in the Jefferson County League for the fall sports season:

  • County tax break says, yes, we can

    Aluminum-can manufacturing giant Ball Corp. is seeking a $2,875,000 tax break from Jeffco, citing a new product line to be produced at the company’s Golden plant that it predicts will result in more than $156 million in economic benefits to the county.

  • School officials get earful at budget forum

    Compensation levels for school administrators and spending on under-utilized schools raised ire among a crowd Nov. 13 at a forum on school district budget cuts.

    Jeffco Public Schools officials met with parents and community members in five locations across the district to collect input on $28 million in proposed budget cuts for the 2011-12 school year, including a reduction of 318 staff members through attrition or layoffs.

  • 2 deputies accused of beating passenger after traffic stop

    Two Jeffco sheriff’s deputies are named in a federal lawsuit alleging they pulled an intoxicated passenger from a car in March 2009, beat him and shocked him with a Taser before taking the man to a detox facility.

    Plaintiff Michael Pearson was riding in a vehicle driven by Karen Payne, a former aunt-in-law of Deputy Brandon Payne, who is a defendant in the suit.

  • Honoring local veterans

    Students at Columbine Hills Elementary School bid farewell to a handful of tattered United States flags at a Veterans Day ceremony, cutting the patriotic fabric into strips before placing the frayed bits into a fire and burying the ashy remains.

    The time-honored flag-retirement process was guided by West Metro and Littleton firefighters, who supervised wispy flames jumping from two iron basins.

  • Small fire extinguished near Wadsworth and Bowles

    Littleton firefighters responded at 4 p.m. Nov. 17 to a fire in a large metal trash bin in a parking lot near the Red Lobster restaurant at 5656 S. Wadsworth Blvd.

    The fire, which consumed bits of wood and other construction scraps, sent flames over the edge of the bin, as well as a plume of dark gray smoke that was visible from several miles away. The short-lived blaze was extinguished within about 10 minutes by two firefighters, who donned gas masks and entered the bin.

    The fire crew’s chief said the cause of the fire was not determined.