Today's News

  • Wallace sites technology skills in clerk and recorder race

    Kathryn Wallace, the challenger in the race for Jefferson County clerk and recorder, touts her years of experience as a private-sector intelligence technology guru as the ideal job qualification.

    Wallace, 39, began working for Colorado state government while still in high school. After about a decade of public employment, she left, embarking on a series of technology contractor positions.

    What surprised her most about the transition, she said, was the stark contrast in efficiency and ingenuity.

  • Clerk incumbent Anderson touts Jeffco election process

    Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson says she’s proud of handling the 2008 election, the largest in Jeffco’s history. And though her office handles a variety of county business — everything from liquor licensing to motor vehicle registration — the election process represents a constantly evolving challenge, one she works to address at both the county and state levels.

  • A Bronze Star for effort

    When Army Reserve Maj. Gary Keith faces his troops, he uses a few simple boot-camp techniques to keep them in line, inspire them to succeed and teach them the rudiments of responsibility.

    During his current tour of duty, Keith, a Pine resident, faces some of the toughest cadets around — eighth-grade students in his American history class at Ken Caryl Middle School.

  • Traffic officials re-examine crosswalk at Dakota Ridge accident site

    Jefferson County officials are re-examining the need for additional safety improvements to a crosswalk near Dakota Ridge High School, after student Dallas Vosburg was critically injured there during an Oct. 12 traffic accident.

    After principal Jim Jelinek had questioned the safety of the crosswalk last year, the county added an island to the street, though a stoplight was not installed.

  • Walkin' 'n' Roll

    Nine-year-old Bella Erickson smiled shyly after achieving one of life’s milestones.

    “I learned how to ride my bike the other day, and it was really fun,” she said. “It wasn’t very hard, because first I started without the pedals, and then I tried with. And then I got it.”

    Bella was among a handful of young students at Peiffer Elementary who, during the school’s Walkin’ and Wheelin’ Week, took to two wheels for the first time — in class.

  • Fire ban lifted

     The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office lifted Monday a countywide fire ban that had been in place since Sept. 14. Restrictions were eased as the risk of fire has been declining in recent days due to increased precipitation and falling temperatures, particularly in the mountains.

    Nonetheless, the Sheriff’s Office cautioned the public in a press release announcing the ban’s rescission.

  • Foothills to cut $150,000 in spending in 2011

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is planning cuts of $150,000 from the previous year’s expenditures but is seeking a slight pay increase for workers, staff revealed Oct. 12 in the district’s 2011 proposed-budget presentation.

  • Investigator Graham envisions new look to coroner's office

    Coroner candidate John Graham has spent 20 years cultivating a career in crime-scene investigation, experience that he said makes him an ideal candidate for an office that works with law enforcement.

    And Graham wants to use that background to dramatically change the direction of an office he said currently places excessive emphasis on bereavement support for family members.

  • Loughrey-Stemp touts compassion in role as coroner

    Jefferson County Coroner Katherine Loughrey-Stemp had recently experienced the deaths of her husband and her mother when she was elected in 2006. Her personal struggle with grief, along with her training as a mental-health nurse, has added a level of compassion to an office few people are happy to visit, she said.

  • Grant to help expand Mortensen Elementary's autism spectrum program

    Mortensen Elementary School teachers Dottie Jennings and Sarah Handy consider themselves, among other things, instructors in a foreign language.

    But they don’t teach French, German or Spanish.

    They provide instruction to children in the school’s autism spectrum disorder program, one of three in Jeffco Public Schools and one of only eight in Colorado.