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Today's News

  • Deputy injured after confronting suspected car thief; suspect shot

    A Jeffco sheriff’s investigator who confronted a suspected car thief Aug. 19 was dragged down Santa Fe Drive by the stolen vehicle and suffered serious injuries.

    When Investigator Art Peterson, 52, approached the stolen truck, the female driver sped away, dragging him down the street. Peterson then shot the driver at least once; she was being treated at Denver Health Medical Center.

    Peterson was in serious condition at Swedish Medical Center but had made improvements since the accident, according to Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires.

  • Lack of money grounds Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival permanently

    The Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival, an annual fixture at Chatfield State Park for nearly a decade, has been canceled permanently.

    "We just don't have the time or the resources in this economy to make this work," said Terry Smith, one of the event's organizers.

  • Floundering cities: to rebuild or not

    By Hannah Hayes

    In the spirit of Michigan, where I’m at: Should Flint tear down one-third of its city? There’s a June 6 article in Forbes magazine called “The Best and Worst Cities for Recession Recovery.” Colorado has one city on the “best” list, Boulder, because of its technology industry and the university creating stable jobs. At the top of the “worst” list is Flint, Mich., with “the longest road to recovery.”

  • Jeffco government salaries

    Jefferson County government salaries 2009

    County Commissioners

    Administrative Specialist II 3367.00

    Commissioners Exec Secretary 5334.26

    Elected Official 7275.00

    Elected Official 7275.00

    Elected Official 7275.00

  • BUSINESS BRIEFS

    Healthpark Dental adds high-tech scanner

    Swedish Healthpark Dental Arts in South Jeffco has added a new dental impression system that replaces the unpleasant “goop” involved with making impressions of teeth.

    The Cadent iTero system enables Dr. Chris Mehlhoff to use an electronic wand to optically scan the area to be restored. The method is designed to make the process more comfortable and make restorations that look and feel more like real teeth.

  • Politics infuses health care debate

    When members of Congress left Washington to spend their August recess at home in their districts, pundits predicted they would be bombarded with constituent communication about President Obama’s health care reform proposal. Due partly to public interest in the issue and significantly more by sophisticated grassroots efforts by supporters and opponents of the initiative, the pundits have been right.

  • Pair in drug-trafficking ring each get 22 years in prison

    Two of three men prosecuted by the Jefferson County district attorney’s office for drug trafficking were sentenced to 22 years in prison Aug 11.

    Jose Martinez-Soto, 32, and Luis Arrendondo-Soto, 25, were each given a 22-year sentence for their roles in a drug-trafficking ring that moved large amounts of heroin and cocaine. A third man, Jesus Espinoza-Verdugo, 23, was sentenced to 11 years in prison July 27.

  • Try these three practicing methods

    When practicing, there are three methods that will improve your golf game: repetition, random and competition.

    Repetition practice is when you are trying to learn a new move in your swing. Whether it is improving your follow through or swing path, this is the type of practice is needed to train your muscles to perform differently then they were before. This practice is where we say “practice makes permanent” as we allow our muscles to learn a new move through repetition. This practice requires constant feedback and not just from your ball flight.

  • Depth key for Chargers

    It’s the year of the working man at Chatfield. Always blessed with talent and the expectations of heading up the Class 5A Jefferson County League field, the Chargers found themselves with a sea of shovel-ready soccer players.

    A whopping 64 boys tried out this month and the Chargers were forced to cut 22 of them (although they tried to form another team to keep them all in the system).

  • Columbine grad organizes concert to help homeless youth

    Leif Sunde wanted to help Stand Up For Kids, a nonprofit homeless youth advocacy group.

    The problem is, as a 19-year-old student at the University of Denver studying biochemistry, music composition, business and Arabic, he doesn’t have the time to volunteer and have the impact he wants to have.

    So, he decided to go another route.

    “I decided we should throw a concert and raise money that way,” Sunde said. "At least I'll be using whatever talent I have for the benefit of others."