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Today's News

  • Open Space could save $5 million by refinancing loans

    The Jefferson County Open Space Division might be able to buy more land after it refinances more than $70 million in loans to take advantage of low interest rates.

    “Unfortunately, the economy is bad, but it also creates the opportunity for us to do better with our bonds,” said Open Space Director Ralph Schell.

    Schell said the open space program took out about $160 million in loans in 1999 to buy land. The county currently pays an average interest rate of 4.94 percent on the remaining debt, but prevailing rates are nearly 2 points lower.

  • Iraq: What is the status of U.S. mission?

    By Hannah Hayes

    What do you call 50,000 troops that will be left behind when the U.S. withdraws from Iraq? Re-missioned. How can you re-mission troops when they never had their original mission disclosed?

    But we’re jumping ahead on Iraq (while we’re falling behind at home). The reality today is that lives keep being lost, dollars continue to be spent, and troops still redeploy. It ain’t over, folks.

  • Eagles back in full force, top Rebels

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles got its soccer team back together just in time to face an old rival.

    Having been missing several players for undisclosed reasons, the Eagles were in full force March 18 and got some timely goals for a 3-1 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory over Columbine.

    “Honestly, I’m just glad to have players back,” Eagles coach Damon Smerchek said. “I’m just glad to come away with our first win and get on the right track.”

  • Chargers struggle to put away pesky Bears

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield Chargers got the end result they expected March 18 against Bear Creek. It just didn’t go the way they expected.

    Rather than maul the Bears as has been their custom, the Chargers found themselves breathing a sigh of relief as the final whistle blew on a 1-0 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory at Lakewood Memorial Field.

  • Head of the class: Sheriff's fleet provides miles of fun for Head Start students

    Nothing revs up a group of 3- to 5-year-olds like a room full of big, shiny vehicles with flashing lights just waiting to serve as their personal climbing gym.

    And for 15 Head Start students who recently took a field trip to a garage housing the Jeffco sheriff’s vehicle fleet, smiles and laughter were in high gear.

  • The lessons of a down economy

    The other day, a friend told me he believes there’s a good chance our kids’ generation will face the same kind of Depression-era challenges our grandparents did. I don’t know whether that’s true. I sure hope not.

    If we had our way, of course, our kids would never face economic hardship. Difficult times lead to deferred dreams, missed opportunities, strained relationships and, in some cases, poverty. There’s nothing good about job losses and a stagnant market.  

  • Firefighters take a different track: Trio open racing-themed bar in South Jeffco

    Three Denver firefighters who spent a total of 100 years protecting their community have decided to take on an entirely different challenge — running a sports bar.

    Bobby Mares, Dean Hastings and Mike Parker have opened Finish Line Sports Pub on West Bowles Avenue just east of C-470. And as the name implies, one sport in particular inspired the theme of their establishment: auto racing.

  • Boulder architect missing for more than a month found dead in Jeffco

    Gregory Franta, an architect from Boulder missing for more than a month, was found dead in Jefferson County on March 10 when the Colorado State Patrol responded to a car accident off Colorado 93.

    Franta, 58, was driving south a few miles north of Golden in a 2006 white Honda Civic, according to a preliminary investigation. It is believed that his car went off the right side of the road, and he tried to correct, but the car rolled several times down a steep embankment, hitting several trees before coming to rest on its roof.

  • Is eight enough with the ‘Octomom’?

    By Hannah Hayes

    The month of February was devoted to awareness of size and growth of the human population. Did you miss it? Creators of Global Population Speak Out (gpso.wordpress.com) wanted you to catch some of the qualified scientists that spoke publicly on reducing the 218,000-person net gain the planet experiences each day. Bringing new voices into the discussion of population issues is hoped to break down the taboo that exists on this topic.

  • Quador can (literally) feel Vanatta’s pain

    Jessica Quador wasn’t exactly sure why her legs bothered her every time she played soccer.

    At first she thought the pain was due to a history of ankle injuries – ones that would require Quador to heavily tape both ankles before each game.

    After graduating from Chatfield Senior High School in 2006, Quador attended the University of Colorado and, as a freshman, earned solid playing minutes. But, it all came with a price.