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Today's News

  • Burglars hit five South Jeffco homes over three nights

    Several South Jeffco homes have been hit by overnight burglaries recently, in some cases while the families were at home.

    Five burglaries were reported in the Columbine Knolls South and Foothill Green neighborhoods between May 26 and 28, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. In three of those cases, the families were home at the time and were sleeping. The suspects never confronted the families.

  • County program would let more defendants make bail

    A new pretrial assessment program could make it possible for Jeffco judges to grant more defendants bail and dramatically reduce the population at the jail.

    The program would restructure the way judges make decisions on granting bail, which could reduce the jail population by up to 300 inmates per day, Tom Giacinti, the county's justice services director, told the county commissioners May 26.

  • Hot cards, cold cases: 21 unsolved Jeffco crimes featured on playing cards used by state inmates

    Valentine’s Day 2000 will forever be burned into the memories of two South Jeffco families.

    On that day, 15-year-old Nicholas Kunselman and 16-year-old Stephanie Hart were found murdered at a Subway sandwich shop on West Coal Mine Avenue near Columbine High School. More than nine years later, the case remains unsolved.

  • $5.2 million from general fund gets animal shelter on track for groundbreaking

    The ever-evolving plans to move and expand the Table Mountain Animal Center took a new turn when county leaders recently approved spending $5.2 million from the general fund.

    The county will then issue $5.2 million in “certificates of participation” to repay the general fund. Certificates of participation are a form of lease-purchase financing that does not require voter approval; the county plans to fund the debt payments with revenue from dog licenses.

  • Colorado LifeTrak: Protecting those who wander

    Zach is a 6-year-old boy from north Jeffco whose autism makes him prone to wander. A few years ago, Zach walked away from his backyard and through the neighborhood. A neighbor found him and called police, who helped reunite him with his panicked family.

    Zach's family worried that if Zach were to wander away again, he might be lost for hours, or get hurt. Maybe next time he wouldn't encounter a Good Samaritan. Despite their renewed vigilance, they wanted extra reassurance that Zach could be found if he walked away from the house, a store or a park.

  • Slash-collection schedule

    All weekend dates are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • June 6-7 — Highway 72 and Camp Eden Road

    • June 13-14 —eeConifer High School and Inter-Canyon Fire Station 3 on Settler's Drive

    • June 27-28 — Evergreen High School

    • July 18-19 —eeConifer High School and North Fork Fire Department Station 1, 19384 Highway 126 in Buffalo Creek

    • Aug. 15-16 — Inter-Canyon Fire Station 3 on Settler's Drive,eeand Foothills Fire Department, U.S. 40 and Lookout Mountain Road.

  • LARASA helping Latinos apply for food stamps in Jeffco

    A Denver-based Latino advocacy organization is helping Latino residents apply for food stamps in Jefferson County, and the county says the project has been a huge help.

    The Latin American Research and Service Agency recently was awarded a federal grant to help low-income Latino households apply for food stamps in Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder and Denver counties.

    The nonprofit group initially planned to use the money to encourage more Latinos to apply for benefits but after meeting with county officials, it became clear the mission had to change.

  • Blue Heron Elementary crows about 7th birthday: First class of kindergartners moving on to middle school

    Most of the children knew what was going on as the giant chicken approached their classroom.

    "It's the birthday bird!" they shouted, knowing they were about to rattle off answers to school trivia questions.

    How many students attended Blue Heron Elementary the first year it opened? Their answer: 150.

    How many attend now? Answer: 450.

    How many books are in the library? Answer: 10,000.

    How many pizzas does the school serve on pizza day? Answer: 36

  • Chatfield golfers take sixth at state

    A child led them – to a league title and sixth place at state.

    Behind freshman Shannon Lubar and sophomore Rachel Reiling, the Chatfield Chargers girls golf team, which includes senior Julie Davis,  junior Samantha Verrill and sophomore Marina Beach, won the Class 5A Jefferson County League title and was sixth at the 5A state tournament at Fort Collins’ Collindale Golf Course on May 18 and 19.

    At state, the Chargers placed sixth as their three best scorers combined to shoot a two-day total of 530. They shot a 266 on the first day and a 264 on the second.

  • County releases first quarter 2009 financial numbers: Revenues down slightly, expenditures up over 2008 first quarter

    Jefferson County's general fund maintained a healthy balance in the first quarter of 2009, but it reflects some of the country's economic woes when compared with the first three months of 2008, according to a recent presentation by the county's top budget official.

    The county's general fund is doing fine, even though revenues are down or flat and expenditures are up, County Administration and Services Director Todd Leopold told county commissioners May 19.