Today's News

  • Foothills to cut $150,000 in spending in 2011

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is planning cuts of $150,000 from the previous year’s expenditures but is seeking a slight pay increase for workers, staff revealed Oct. 12 in the district’s 2011 proposed-budget presentation.

  • Investigator Graham envisions new look to coroner's office

    Coroner candidate John Graham has spent 20 years cultivating a career in crime-scene investigation, experience that he said makes him an ideal candidate for an office that works with law enforcement.

    And Graham wants to use that background to dramatically change the direction of an office he said currently places excessive emphasis on bereavement support for family members.

  • Loughrey-Stemp touts compassion in role as coroner

    Jefferson County Coroner Katherine Loughrey-Stemp had recently experienced the deaths of her husband and her mother when she was elected in 2006. Her personal struggle with grief, along with her training as a mental-health nurse, has added a level of compassion to an office few people are happy to visit, she said.

  • Grant to help expand Mortensen Elementary's autism spectrum program

    Mortensen Elementary School teachers Dottie Jennings and Sarah Handy consider themselves, among other things, instructors in a foreign language.

    But they don’t teach French, German or Spanish.

    They provide instruction to children in the school’s autism spectrum disorder program, one of three in Jeffco Public Schools and one of only eight in Colorado.

  • Bandmasters: Chatfield marching band has sights set on state semifinals

    Clarinet cases and water bottles are scattered haphazardly in the outfield grass on Chatfield High School’s baseball field. More than 100 students, most wearing shorts, stand at attention, waiting for cues from the marching band’s drum majors.

    It’s a Saturday — homecoming day — and the band members have been rehearsing since 8 a.m. They get their first substantial break at 11:15. Fifteen minutes later, they’re back in formation.

  • County will cut $30 million in spending in 2011

    Jefferson County is planning to cut nearly $30 million from its budget in 2011, officials said Oct. 12, citing a decrease in one-time funding from other agencies, including the federal government.

    With tax revenue remaining stable for the year, the $477 million budget is currently planned to spare employees from layoffs but will apparently not provide salary increases.

    Cuts, including $750,000 from the general fund operating budget, will help balance additional spending of $2.6 million for increased medical insurance costs for county employees.

  • Brush fire along C-470 extinguished

    A small brush fire along westbound C-470 near Platte Canyon Road likely caused by a discarded cigarette burned about 2 acres on the hillside Wednesday before being extinguished around 1 p.m.

    The fire burned for half an hour before fire crews squelched the flames.

    “We had two units on scene,” said Littleton Fire Rescue spokesman Jim Hofstra. “The fire was put out very quickly.”

  • Chatfield duo not psyched out

    DENVER — Kevin O’Brien and Ross Donovan had been looking at the Regis Jesuit duo of Tyler Brasel and Garrett Cochran ever since the bracket had been released. For Chatfield’s No. 3 doubles team, in all likelihood, if it was going to make the 5A boys state tennis finals it was going to have to defeat Brasel and Cochran.

  • Game plan works to perfection for Eagles

    For Danny Carney and Austin Appel, the game plan was simple enough — keep up with Columbine’s William Kincaid. The execution would be the hard part.

    But the Dakota Ridge runners not only stayed with Kincaid, but they beat him. Carney took first place and Appel second in leading the Eagles to a 5A Jeffco League boys cross country championship on Oct. 15 at Clement Park.

  • Farmers extend streak vs. Eagles

    LAKEWOOD — It’s been tough sledding for Dakota Ridge lately when it comes to facing Wheat Ridge. Entering its game on Oct. 15 at Jefferson County Stadium, the Eagles had lost each of their last three meetings to the Farmers. 

    That losing streak is now at four games after the Farmers scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat Dakota Ridge, 28-14.