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Today's News

  • County working to build healthy Head Start

    The article in the Canyon and Columbine couriers on April 22 may have given the impression that Jefferson County’s social services fund would leave the Head Start program short $650,000 and in violation of federal law.

  • Dakota Ridge tops Bears, soars to second in Jeffco

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles needed their energy April 30. Beating Bears and getting in dog piles takes a lot out of a young lady.

    In their final game of the regular season, the Eagles tied a bow on their second-place finish in the Class 5A Jefferson County League by grinding through a 2-0 victory over Bear Creek at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    Then they dogged freshman goal scorer Heather Ward and proceeded to run around throwing ice at each other, giggling and tackling the unlucky ones.

  • South Jeffco man arrested in slaying

    South Jeffco resident Andrew McClay has been formally arrested in the slaying of 38-year-old Nicole Burns, who was found bludgeoned to death April 24 at McClay’s apartment on West Bowles Avenue.

     

    Deputies responded to the apartment Friday to conduct a welfare check on McClay. Upon entering, deputies found Burns’ body on the floor just inside the residence.

     

  • The strangest budget year yet -- really

    Have you ever noticed how every year is the most amazing something in people’s memories? We’ve never had a drier winter. We’ve never had a hotter summer. That’s the best team we’ve ever had. I’ve never seen someone behave so badly. It’s usually not true. Time has a tendency of evening things out.

  • Hepatitis scare reported at local Albertsons

    People who bought produce at the Albertsons at West Bowles Avenue and South Platte Canyon Road may have been exposed to hepatitis A and are encouraged to contact the Tri-County Health Department for vaccinations.

    It was initially reported that customers who bought produce between April 6 and 21 needed to be tested, but it turns out the Albertsons worker who tested positive for hepatitis A could have spread it as far back as late March.

  • Perfect game sends Eagles packing

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Every team experiences both of these emotions at some time.

    Not many teams experience both within mere hours of each other as the Dakota Ridge baseball team did May 2.

    The Eagles needed two wins in the Class 5A District 3 bracket to gain entry into the state tournament. The day started out promising, but did not end as they would have hoped.

  • Chatfield High student urges students to race on track, not streets

    Megan Rhodes, a sophomore at Chatfield High, has teamed with the Colorado State Patrol to urge her classmates to race cars on a track rather than the street.

    Her words carry weight, because Rhodes is a straight-A student — and because, for fun, she races dragsters at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison. Her everyday car is a 2007 Roush Ford Mustang.

    Rhodes spoke April 21 at a news conference with Colorado State Patrol troopers and metro area police officers to promote the Take It To The Track program, which lets licensed drivers race at Bandimere Speedway.

  • Sheriff pitches idea for government services building in South Jeffco

    Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink thinks it's silly for the county to make more than $170,000 in lease payments each year in South Jeffco when it could buy the space.

    "We're paying $171,000 on leases right now," Mink said. "Wouldn't it be a better use of taxpayer dollars to invest that in a permanent structure?"

  • Surprising end to baseball season

    After taking a glance at the Class 5A district baseball pairings, a couple of thoughts came to mind.

    One was that Chatfield got hosed with its seeding.

    The Chargers were preseason favorites to win the Jefferson County League, and while that didn’t happen, many still considered them one of the elite teams in the state. So, when the Colorado High School Activities Association “rewarded” the Chargers with a No. 14 seed and shipped them off to two-time state champion Rocky Mountain’s district, the choice seemed very peculiar.

  • County will reconsider bonus policy

    Bonuses have been in the news a lot lately, and the news has not been positive. Most recently, Jeffco’s employee bonus policy has come under scrutiny.

    I do not think bonuses are appropriate for public employees, and I said so two years ago. But my proposal to eliminate bonuses did not get the support of my fellow commissioners. They argued that government should be run more like a business, and bonuses are a legitimate method of acknowledging and rewarding exceptional performance in business.