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Today's News

  • Jeffco Action Center receives grant

    The Jeffco Action Center has received a $40,000 Daniels Fund grant to support its programs.

  • 24-year sentence in ‘76 murder of South Jeffco woman

    Ricky Lee Harnish, 54, received the maximum sentence of 24 years in prison for the 1976 rape and murder of South Jeffco resident Holly Marie Andrews, under the terms of a plea agreement.

    The sentencing was handed out Monday in a Georgetown court in front of members of Andrews’ family.

    Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said he felt relieved the case was finally over after so many years. He added that Harnish had been in county custody for more than a year.

  • Find another solution to schools’ budget crisis

    In an effort to understand the Jefferson County Public Schools budget crisis, I believe I may have stumbled onto a solution. Most of the district-promoted suggestions for reducing the budget include relatively minor concessions by the district administration, partial to wholesale elimination of assistant principals and librarians, partial elimination of counselors, support staff, school secretaries, paraprofessionals, clinic aides, and of course, teachers.

  • Chatfield pins down Columbine

    Tony Pena may have changed schools and classifications, but his attitude and confidence have remained in tact.

    Pena, wrestling up at 130 pounds on Dec. 10, threw Columbine’s Ben Rhodes around – literally, including one takedown that sent Rhodes down hard onto the exposed hardwood – for close to two periods before scoring a pinfall at the 3-minute, 59-second mark in Chatfield’s 53-24 victory at Chatfield Senior High School.

  • Zinna wins lawsuit against former commissioner

     

    Longtime county critic Mike Zinna won his First Amendment lawsuit Dec. 9 against former county commissioner Jim Congrove when jurors awarded him $1,791 — a number corresponding with the year the Bill of Rights was ratified.

    The former talk-radio host and gadfly blogger alleged Congrove and others violated his First Amendment rights by taking steps to prevent him from speaking at public hearings and to halt his investigations into county government.

  • County administrator confirms moves against Zinna

    County Administrator Jim Moore testified in a federal lawsuit last week that, in 2005, the Jeffco commissioners actively tried to silence longtime county critic Mike Zinna.

    “They were very displeased. They wanted him to stop,” Moore said, referring to the former commission’s reaction to stories posted on Zinna’s websites. “They generally talked about ways to shut him up, shut him down. … There was discussion about evicting him from the airport.”

  • Zinna case against Congrove goes to jury

    Jurors are deliberating the lawsuit by longtime Jeffco critic Mike Zinna against former county commissioner Jim Congrove. The suit alleges that, in 2005 and 2006, Congrove targeted Zinna for investigation, defamation and harassment, in violation of Zinna’s First Amendment rights.

    A commercial photographer testified Dec. 7 in federal court that he had a falling out with Zinna after Zinna failed to pay him for work he’d done on the website Coloradoexposed.com.

  • Proposal would close Ken Caryl Middle School

    About 500 students, parents and teachers hoping to keep their schools open packed Summit Ridge Middle School on Nov. 16 to give their two cents and listen to a horde of proposals from others.

    Jeffco Public Schools faces an $18 million to $20 million budget shortfall for the 2010-11 school year, and bridges to the gap include possible school closures, merging or sharing of facilities, and staff layoffs.

  • Ambitious pictorial history delivers Jeffco saga in detail

    How many know that the scar above the Chimney Creek Condominiums in Genesee is where the Denver Ski Club built a ski jump in 1921?

    The fascinating history of Jefferson County from the pioneer days to the Bucksnort Saloon, Lockheed Martin and suburban housing developments, is obsessively chronicled in “Jefferson County, Colorado: A Unique and Eventful History.”

  • Library service continues to grow

    With recent news of libraries closing, hours being cut and services being reduced around the Denver area and the nation, it’s important not to lose sight of the growing need for library services in the community.