Today's News

  • Government transparency not negotiable

    Recently I was reading a book to my kids about the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention in 1787 when a remarkable fact jumped out: The delegates conducted their work in absolute secrecy. This was one of the only ground rules of the convention, and not until James Madison’s death in 1840 did his notes reveal the content of many discussions that took place.
    It’s very possible the Constitution — and this nation itself — would not exist as we know it had the deliberations been subject to public scrutiny.

  • A pet project for students

    A pack of cold noses provided warm holiday cheer at a school for developmentally disabled students Dec. 22, when Foothills Animal Shelter brought a few gregarious pooches to Laradon Hall.

    As part of a new partnership between the two entities, a group of Laradon’s students work five-day shifts at the shelter, acquiring custodial training and learning to take pride in a hard day’s work. And the shelter, which operates on donations and government allocations, is able to keep its new facility tidier than its budget would normally allow.

  • Bipartisan effort toes admirable line

    Democrats took control of the Colorado Senate by a narrow 18-17 margin after the 2000 election. Republicans maintained control of the House and the governor’s office. When incoming Senate President Stan Matsunaka spoke at the annual pre-legislative forum sponsored by the Colorado Press Association that year, he announced that because he didn’t believe a split legislature could agree on a plan, the Senate wouldn’t try to pass a bill to establish congressional districts for the next 10 years and the issue would be passed onto the courts.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Architect of his own destruction

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A local man headed home from a night of drinking at a Denver bar was reportedly well aware he took in a bit too much holiday cheer. After driving erratically on Dec. 16, the driver was pulled over by a deputy, to whom he reportedly said, “I’m so screwed.” To no one’s surprise, the man did not ace his roadside maneuvers, and he was taken to detox.


  • Year in review: Top 10 sports stories

    2010 saw many things, from a first in cross country running to a program lacking numbers forced to take a break to a youth soccer team conquering the world. The following is a list of the Columbine Courier’s Top 10 sports stories for the past year:

  • Boulder accepts Jeffco’s $5 million carrot, drops opposition to toll road

    Boulder officials accepted a $5 million carrot from Jefferson County on Dec. 21 and will abandon decades-old resistance to the proposed Jefferson Parkway in exchange for the contribution toward purchasing 640 acres of open space.

    Both the Boulder City Council and the Boulder County commissioners unanimously passed resolutions officially dropping their objections to the toll road, which would complete the metro-area beltway.

  • Ute Meadows students win stock show art competition

    Ute Meadows Elementary School students recently submitted artwork for the 2011 Youth Art Show at the National Western Stock Show and won in several classes. Sean McMullen was the grand champion, Levi Huff and Cameron Newlander won champion and Caylee Butvilofsky, Anna Nica and Sophia Stromberg won reserve champion.
    The champions will have their artwork professionally framed and displayed on the third floor of the Expo Hall during the 2011 National Western Stock Show to be held Jan. 8-23.

  • No, Virginia, there is no transparency in Jeffco

    “This is a quarter of a billion dollars in stimulus we can’t pass up,” exalted County Commissioner Kevin McCasky in a story last week. “It’s going to be a great Christmas.”
    Commissioner McCasky clearly has caught the holiday spirit and envisions a joyous Noel at the Taj Mahal. In fact, he’s even provided the snow job.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Jeffco departments find ways to cope with tight budgets

    Forgoing a new computer system, holding on to aging patrol cars longer and saving money on postage are among actions by Jefferson County departments in the face of nearly $30 million in budget cuts. And despite such reductions in the county’s $477 million 2011 budget, passed Dec. 7, the public is unlikely to notice a difference in county services, officials said.