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Today's News

  • Home on the range: Stratton picks Cowboys

    Sam Stratton is a quarterback. Stratton will remain one next year at Wyoming.

    “That was a big deal for me because Air Force was the only other Division I school that wanted me to play quarterback,” Stratton said.

    The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Chatfield senior verbally committed to join the Cowboys of Laramie in fall 2010, which suddenly made his upcoming — and final — season with the Chargers this fall a lot more enjoyable.

  • Does Walmart contribute to poverty?

    By Hannah Hayes

    There was a time when you could market a product based on its inherent value. Lately, low price has become the predominant criteria in the marketplace. The world’s largest corporation, Walmart, shares mightily in the creation of that business ethic. The company is even benefiting during these tough economic times as it draws people in with low prices, while many say it’s Walmart that created the difficulties in the first place.

  • Off-leash dog park lands $125,000 grant

    Advocates for creating a dog park in South Jeffco have been thrown a bodacious bone by the county commissioners.

    The commissioners have approved the use of $125,000 in Conservation Trust Fund monies to develop an off-leash area at Easton Regional Park, which belongs to the Foothills Park & Recreation District.

  • Citizen budgeters finalize recommendations

    Jeffco's Citizen Budget Review Panel is recommending that the county finance several major construction projects over the next 20 years and establish a fund to handle annual maintenance and replacement costs — all without raising taxes.

  • 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.