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Today's News

  • Cloud hurls Eagles to victory

    J.D. Cloud wasn’t supposed to pitch the first game July 1. Douglas County probably wished he hadn’t.

    The Dakota Ridge right-hander scattered three hits over seven innings and struck out nine, including the last four batters he faced, as the Eagles dropped the Huskies 5-1.

  • Commissioners nix charity bike ride on Deer Creek Canyon Road

    The Jefferson County commissioners have denied a special-event permit for a charity bicycling event Sept. 13 on Deer Creek Canyon Road.

    The 2-1 decision on June 30 came after two hearings, the first of which Commissioner Faye Griffin did not attend, and after numerous objections from canyon residents.

    Commissioners Kathy Hartman and Griffin voted against issuing a special-event permit, deeming the two-lane road unsafe for the event and citing hostilities between motorists and bicyclists.

  • Coffman sees progress in Iraq, problems in Afghanistan

    In the wake of U.S. troops moving out of Iraqi cities and transferring control to Iraqi security forces, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman says he sees the bulk of U.S. troops leaving Iraq by the end of next year.

    "All in all, it's pretty good," the Aurora Republican, who represents the 6th Congressional District, said of the military progress being made in Iraq.

    Coffman, who recently returned from a trip to Iraq, says the Iraqi security forces — military and police — have significant challenges to overcome.

  • Chargers rebound from losses

    AURORA — The Chatfield Chargers found out this past spring that losing baseball games – especially the close ones – can have profound consequences on playoff seeding and survival.

    So after dropping two close games to Regis last week, the Chargers rebounded with two close victories over ThunderRidge as the postseason run for the summer looms.

  • Former county contractor will testify for Zinna in wiretapping lawsuit

    A federal wiretapping lawsuit against former Jeffco commissioner Jim Congrove became more interesting June 26 when a defendant in the case settled with the plaintiff and agreed to testify against Congrove and the other defendants.

    Mike Zinna, a longtime county critic, is suing Congrove, private investigator Daril Cinquanta, former deputy county attorney Duncan Bradley and Robert Cook in federal court. Zinna alleges the men illegally intercepted his personal e-mails and posted them to a website used to defame Zinna.

  • Jeffco sheriff joins countywide auto theft task force

    Car thieves in Jeffco now must combat a much more organized police presence.

    The Jefferson County Regional Auto Theft Task Force, which launched July 1, teams car-theft investigators from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office and police from Arvada, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge.

  • Answers from AJ: What happened to La Casona?

    Editor's note: Answers from AJ is semi-regular column written to answer questions posed by readers. Readers can ask questions about what's happening in the community, whether it be a local construction project or what insects are being monitored by the state in area parks. Please submit questions to aj@evergreenco.com or news@evergreenco.com.

    Question: What happened to La Casona?

    Answer: La Casona, a Mexican restaurant that was a fixture in South Jeffco for nearly 20 years, has closed.

  • Harvey seeking Dem nomination in HD 28

    For the first time since 2004, a Democrat not named Tom Dittemore is running in the November 2010 election for state House District 28.

    Steve Harvey, a South Jeffco Democat who lives a stone's throw from Deer Creek Middle School, will take on incumbent Republican Jim Kerr, who will be seeking his third full term if he chooses to run again.

    Harvey said June 25 that he's come to a place where it's time to put his life's experience to the test and help craft policy.

  • County to seek legislation granting more power to regulate bicyclists

    Amid the controversy over a proposed charity bicycle event on Deer Creek Canyon Road, the Jeffco commissioners will propose state legislation that would give them more authority to bar cyclists from some county roads altogether.

  • State budget woes haven't trickled down to Jeffco - yet

    Budget cuts hitting Colorado hard aren't expected to have an immediate impact on county operations, but Jeffco officials are concerned that human services programs could be hurt down the road.

    State budget officials announced last week that the state would have to close a $384 million budget gap heading into fiscal 2009-10, which begins July 1.