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Today's News

  • West light-rail corridor gets $40 million in federal funds

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced May 7 that the Regional Transportation District will receive $40 million in federal funds for the west corridor light-rail project.

    "By getting these funds to the Regional Transportation District now, we're providing a boost that will help this project keep moving forward while jump-starting the economy and putting people back to work," LaHood said.

  • Jeffco ranks second in state in motorcycle deaths: Safety classes recommended for riders

    As the weather improves, more and more people are pulling their motorcycles out of hibernation and taking to the streets and highways.

    But according to state data, more and more motorcycle riders are getting seriously hurt, especially in Jefferson County, which was second only to El Paso County in motorcycle deaths in 2008.

  • Chargers sprint to state title in relay

    LAKEWOOD — Sam Stratton’s mom probably won’t be buying a post-race photo of her son’s Class 5A state 400-meter race.

    While the other eight participants were receiving their awards on the infield at Jefferson County Stadium on May 16, Stratton was tending to a nasty blister under his left pinky toe – and a post-race hangover.

    Although Stratton won’t be in the photo, he made sure to leave his mark on the race – injury and all.

  • Mind games: Five local teams head for World Finals of Odyssey of the Mind

    What could the average adult make with toothpicks, straws, ping-pong balls, rubber bands, plastic forks, trash bags and a roll of tape?

    It might be hard to imagine these junk-drawer objects as anything terribly useful. But a young mind can conjure many options with these objects: a miniature building or car, or, when they are pasted onto a painted piece of cardboard, a backdrop for a skit.

  • Labor unions: relevant or ruinous?

    By Hannah Hayes

    A friend recently shared that her grandfather was a union member, and then she said something that really struck me: “That was back when unions were a good thing.” Her comment speaks to the success of management in its long-lived campaign to create a negative image for unions.

  • School closed due to flu will reopen

    A Jeffco Public Schools charter school in Arvada was expected to reopen May 7 after closing for several days when one of its students tested positive for the H1N1 flu.

    Lynn Setzer, spokeswoman for the district, said the student is expected to make a full recovery, but Excel Academy was closed "as a precaution." The school's 450 students were working from home.

  • Jeffco school employees say they’re underpaid: But most think they are effective at work

    Jeffco Public Schools' employees generally believe they are effective in their jobs, feel safe at work and have positive relationships with their supervisors, according to a recent survey.

    But the workers surveyed, which included teachers, staff and administrators, continue to feel they are not paid fairly for the work they do and aren't paid according to market value.

  • Hammer was used in South Jeffco slaying

    A hammer reportedly was the weapon used in the slaying of a woman found dead at a South Jeffco apartment on April 24, according to documents from the Jefferson County district attorney's office.

  • Angels boot Rebels in opening round

    DENVER — The Angels were merciful May 5. But only for about 50 minutes.

    That’s when Denver East finally put the ball into the back of the Columbine goal to usher the Rebels out of the first round of the Class 5A state soccer playoffs.

    The 2-0 defeat, however, appeared to be headed in a much different direction early on.

    After giving up a quick corner kick, the Angels dominated the first half. They kissed the ball off the Rebels’ goal twice, hit the crossbar once and forced three saves from backup goalkeeper Bri Klomp.

  • Man commits suicide outside Jeffco coroner's office

    A man apparently committed suicide outside the Jefferson County coroner's office in Golden on May 1.

    Officer Jeff Hesalroad, spokesman for the Golden Police Department, said officers were notified that a body had been found in the parking lot outside the coroner’s office at 11:19 a.m. May 1, and they arrived within minutes.

    The name of the deceased wasn't being released, pending notification of family. No other details were released about the death.

    It is "still very much an active investigation," Hesalroad said.