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Today's News

  • Hepatitis scare reported at local Albertsons

    People who bought produce at the Albertsons at West Bowles Avenue and South Platte Canyon Road may have been exposed to hepatitis A and are encouraged to contact the Tri-County Health Department for vaccinations.

    It was initially reported that customers who bought produce between April 6 and 21 needed to be tested, but it turns out the Albertsons worker who tested positive for hepatitis A could have spread it as far back as late March.

  • Perfect game sends Eagles packing

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Every team experiences both of these emotions at some time.

    Not many teams experience both within mere hours of each other as the Dakota Ridge baseball team did May 2.

    The Eagles needed two wins in the Class 5A District 3 bracket to gain entry into the state tournament. The day started out promising, but did not end as they would have hoped.

  • Chatfield High student urges students to race on track, not streets

    Megan Rhodes, a sophomore at Chatfield High, has teamed with the Colorado State Patrol to urge her classmates to race cars on a track rather than the street.

    Her words carry weight, because Rhodes is a straight-A student — and because, for fun, she races dragsters at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison. Her everyday car is a 2007 Roush Ford Mustang.

    Rhodes spoke April 21 at a news conference with Colorado State Patrol troopers and metro area police officers to promote the Take It To The Track program, which lets licensed drivers race at Bandimere Speedway.

  • Sheriff pitches idea for government services building in South Jeffco

    Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink thinks it's silly for the county to make more than $170,000 in lease payments each year in South Jeffco when it could buy the space.

    "We're paying $171,000 on leases right now," Mink said. "Wouldn't it be a better use of taxpayer dollars to invest that in a permanent structure?"

  • Surprising end to baseball season

    After taking a glance at the Class 5A district baseball pairings, a couple of thoughts came to mind.

    One was that Chatfield got hosed with its seeding.

    The Chargers were preseason favorites to win the Jefferson County League, and while that didn’t happen, many still considered them one of the elite teams in the state. So, when the Colorado High School Activities Association “rewarded” the Chargers with a No. 14 seed and shipped them off to two-time state champion Rocky Mountain’s district, the choice seemed very peculiar.

  • County will reconsider bonus policy

    Bonuses have been in the news a lot lately, and the news has not been positive. Most recently, Jeffco’s employee bonus policy has come under scrutiny.

    I do not think bonuses are appropriate for public employees, and I said so two years ago. But my proposal to eliminate bonuses did not get the support of my fellow commissioners. They argued that government should be run more like a business, and bonuses are a legitimate method of acknowledging and rewarding exceptional performance in business.

  • How should higher ed be funded?

    Hannah Hayes

    I loved Kelly’s passionate plea for schools in her Columbine column. It’s ironic and predictably perfect that she would follow it up by advocating for a $300 million cut in higher education this week. Education is the single most important force in creating the kind of citizenry that America needs. An indication that you value schools would be a willingness to pay for them, as our state surely must.

  • Cell phone ban nothing but grandstanding

    Recently, my former colleagues in the state House passed a bill that would make it illegal to drive while talking on a cell phone, unless you’re using a hands-free device. By the looks of it, the ban will pass the Senate and be signed by the governor.

    At first glance, this seems a reasonable law. But it’s also totally redundant. In fact, under current law, a person who causes an accident while talking on a cell phone can be prosecuted under no fewer than four criminal statutes.

  • Stitches in time: Jeffco inmates trim sentences by sewing hats, blankets for those in need

    Though he toils in the confines of the laundry room at the Jeffco jail, the handiwork of inmate Ivan Garcia is often found in unexpected places like hospitals and food banks.

    And as his co-workers dig into the daily drudgery of folding towels and blankets, Garcia sits down at a work station that typically isn’t included among the clichés that often populate jailhouse portrayals: a sewing machine.

  • Stitches in time: Jeffco inmates trim sentences by sewing hats, blankets for those in need

    Though he toils in the confines of the laundry room at the Jeffco jail, the handiwork of inmate Ivan Garcia is often found in unexpected places like hospitals and food banks.

    And as his co-workers dig into the daily drudgery of folding towels and blankets, Garcia sits down at a work station that typically isn’t included among the clichés that often populate jailhouse portrayals: a sewing machine.