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Today's News

  • Mink looks ahead to next term

    Heading into an election without an opponent, Sheriff Ted Mink isn’t worried about staying in office. But in an interview, he stressed the upcoming challenges his department will face.

    Though the Sheriff’s Office has yet to lay off any employees in the face of an expected budget decline, the looming shortfall will present challenges. And a new state law likely will put additional stress on the jail.

  • New Open Space leader outlines plans

    The new director of the Jefferson County Open Space Division looks forward to an era in which protecting existing property takes on a bigger role than acquisitions did under the previous administration.

    “We own 52,000 acres of land, and there's a lot to be done in being good stewards of that land,” said Tom Hoby, director of Jefferson County Community Resources and Open Space. Hoby became director in April, succeeding longtime chief Ralph Schell, who was named county administrator last December.

  • Groups help pay shooting victim's medical bills

    Medical expenses may have been the last thing on Pattie Duhamel’s mind after her son Matt Thieu was shot Feb. 23 outside Deer Creek Middle School. Thankful that Matt’s life was saved by medical teams at Littleton Adventist Hospital and Children’s Hospital, tens of thousands of dollars in bills was, by comparison, a trifling detail.

    But facing more than $90,000 in charges from the hospitals and an ambulance ride, Duhamel, who works as a caregiver for a quadriplegic young girl, found herself months later struggling to address the daunting sum.

  • 400-acre fire at Lockheed fully contained

    A grass fire that spread to about 400 acres on Lockheed Martin’s property near Roxburough State Park was fully extinguished Sunday evening after burning for more than two days.

    Though no structures were at risk, about 50 horses were evacuated from a nearby stable on Saturday morning. The fire began after 4 p.m. Oct. 8 and did not cause any injuries.

  • Getting back to normal

    Michael Vrabel thinks about it from time to time. And for Derek Valdez, it was a scary time in his young life.

    Little did the now sixth-graders — Vrabel at Falcon Bluff Middle School; Valdez at Stony Creek Elementary — and teammates for the South Jeffco Sports Association Pirates, a sixth-grade football team, know that their lives were on a similar path nearly eight years ago.

  • Eagles back on winning track

    LAKEWOOD — After suffering a tough 35-16 loss to Monarch the previous week, Dakota Ridge found its homecoming game against Brighton last Friday at Jefferson County Stadium to be anything but easy.

    The Eagles (4-2, 2-1 Mountain Plains) fell behind Brighton (2-4, 0-3) 6-0 before reeling off 23 unanswered points to win 23-6. 

    “Their confidence was shaken a little bit after the loss to Monarch,” Dakota Ridge coach Ron Woitalewicz said. “I think this is a good win that will allow us to get our confidence back.”

  • Economy, spending hot topics at candidate forum

    A crowd of more than 200 heard a variety of candidates voice their views at the Evergreen Lake House on Oct. 5, but one gubernatorial campaign pulled out of the event at the 11th hour.

    Though Denver Mayor and gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper had pledged to send his running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Joe Garcia, the campaign withdrew from the forum the day before, saying the event too closely resembled a debate.

  • Eagles’ Vance places in Top 5

    Dakota Ridge’s Drew Vance battled back after an opening-round 3-over-par 75 to birdie three of the first four holes on Day 2 and finished with a 2-over 146 to tie for fifth place at the 5A state boys golf championship at Valley Country Club on Aurora on Oct. 4-5.

    Vance made five birdies on the second day to shoot a 1-under 71 to finish in a tie with Fort Collins’ Palmer Giro and Ponderosa’s Derek Despres. They finished four shots back of David Oraee of Greeley West, who was the top medalist.

  • Library board appointments held up by commissioners

    An increasingly tense relationship between the Jeffco commissioners and the library board apparently has resulted in the re-appointments of three library board positions being held up by the commissioners.

  • HAPPENINGS

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