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Today's News

  • County, city leaders break ground on new animal shelter

    With ceremonial shovels known affectionately as "pooper scoopers," Jefferson County commissioners and leaders of several municipalities within the county broke ground on a new animal shelter June 30.

    The shelter will replace the aging and crowded Table Mountain Animal Center in Golden, which has been the county's animal control facility for 33 years. The new shelter, set to open in fall 2010, will be called the Foothills Animal Shelter.

    The June 30 groundbreaking ceremony was at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, where the new shelter is being built.

  • Follow him to freedom

    EVERGREEN — Nathan Rice’s Fourth of July began with a thud and a little bit of blood.

    Rice was tripped up at the start line of the Freedom Run 5k and came away with a few cuts and scrapes on his hands and legs.

    The Lafayette resident didn’t stay down long. He quickly dusted himself off, then caught up with the lead pack and made his winning move with a half-mile to go, claiming the Freedom Run title with a time of 15 minutes, 39 seconds.

  • Jeffco has Colorado's first 2009 case of West Nile virus

    The first confirmed case of the West Nile virus in Colorado in 2009 was confirmed last week in Jefferson County, according to the county health department.

    Jeffco public health spokeswoman Kodi Bryant said the case was confirmed in late June in an Arvada man who is recovering at home and expected to make a full recovery.

  • 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.