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Today's News

  • Jeffco to offer same-sex domestic partner benefits to employees

    Jeffco soon will offer same-sex domestic partner benefits to employees after a recommendation from the county's benefits oversight committee last week.

    The proposal was one of several recommendations the employee group presented to the county commission Oct. 6. The commissioners approved the plan during a vote Oct. 13. The benefits package would include medical/vision, dental and other benefits, and be available during the county's open enrollment period starting this week. The benefits will take effect Jan. 1, 2010.

  • Dakota Ridge boys run to Jeffco League title

    Running on your home course can carry a heavy burden.

    “It’s tough because people expect you to do better because you know the course by heart,” said Columbine’s Nikki Funkhauser following her fourth-place finish at the 2009 Jefferson County League Championships on Oct. 16 at Clement Park.

    Funkhauser was the top finisher in the Class 5A girls race for the Rebels. She crossed the finish line with a time of 20 minutes, 18.3 seconds.

  • In politics, early money is an early indicator

    Emily’s List, an organization that was formed to support the election of pro-choice Democratic women, is named based upon what has become an increasingly true idiom of political campaigns. Emily stands for “Early money is like yeast.” Candidates’ ability to raise funds in the early stages of campaigns has something to do with how they will use that money in their campaigns, but has much more do to with how their campaigns are viewed by others.

  • Spond injury overshadows game

    LAKEWOOD — There are very few instances where one can imagine the final score of a Columbine and Bear Creek football game mattering so little.

    When a player, student, citizen and young gentleman such as Rebels quarterback Danny Spond is seen with knees buckling on the sideline, and has to leave Jefferson County Stadium in an ambulance after having his jersey and shoulder pads cut off of him, what happened between the lines is a distant footnote.

  • Charger duo nets fourth-place finish

    DENVER — The last shall be first for the Chatfield tennis squad.

    And by last, we’re talking about the Chargers’ No. 4 double squad. And by first, we’re talking about the fourth-place finish of Kevin O’Brien and Ben Gleave on Oct. 17 at the Class 5A state championships at Gates Tennis Facility.

    “We got a good draw this year (and) we definitely felt like we could take advantage of it and just go as far as we possibly could,” O’Brien said.

  • Chargers headed to state

    AURORA — Chatfield was thrilled when it found out last week that it had earned one of the final at-large spots in the Class 5A 32-team softball regional tournament.

    You can imagine, then, their elation upon defeating Cherokee Trail 12-0 at Aurora Sports Park to clinch the second state-qualifying spot out of Region 3.

  • Shaffer Elementary lets PIs seeking missing girl in building

    Two private investigators looking for a missing child were allowed into Shaffer Elementary School last Friday to seek information on an 8-year-old female student because the staff believed they were law enforcement officers, the district says.

    Principal Gina Rivas apparently helped the investigators identify the girl, who turned out not to be involved in the matter. In addition, Rivas didn't contact the Jeffco Sheriff's Office until the private investigators insisted it be called.

  • Colt Canter Community Walk for Caring Connections

    The Colt Canter Community Walk for Caring Connections will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at Columbine Hills Elementary School. Check in/registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. The non-competitive walk is approximately one mile through the Columbine Hills neighborhood. Concessions, entertainment and bicycle rodeo will be offered at the end of walk. Caring Connections is a program created in 2006 to reach out to Columbine Hills Elementary students and their families in times of challenge such as a death, birth, serious illness/injury, loss of job, etc.

  • Grand Junction police officer found dead in Jeffco

    A Grand Junction police officer accused of sexual assault and burglary was found dead in a Jeffco hotel room Oct. 6.

    Glenn Coyne, 35, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a room at the Days Inn Hotel at 15059 W. Colfax Ave., according to Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires.

    Coyne had recently posted a $250,000 bond to get out of the Mesa County jail. He was being held on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault and first-degree burglary.

  • Dakota Ridge blanks Columbine

    Last year, Columbine routed Dakota Ridge on the Eagles’ home turf.