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Today's News

  • Jeffco Commissioner Hartman to seek second term

    Jefferson County Commissioner Kathy Hartman won an important endorsement recently.

    "My husband has voted," Hartman wrote recently in a newsletter sent to supporters. "Despite facing four more years of dinners alone, weekends involved with community meetings, and generally not seeing much of me, my husband is actively supporting me in running for a second term as your county commissioner."

  • Chargers humbled by Lobos

    FORT COLLINS — It was an impossible question for Chatfield baseball coach Mike Yansak to answer.

    What was more surprising, his team giving up 11 runs in five innings, or registering one hit?

    So, instead of trying to answer the unanswerable, Yansak spoke glowingly of two-time defending Class 5A state champions Rocky Mountain, which sent his team packing into the night.

  • Southwest Plaza owner files for bankruptcy: mall managers say shoppers will be unaffected

    Despite a bankruptcy filing last week by its parent company, Southwest Plaza’s management says shoppers should see little impact.

    General Growth Properties Inc., based in Chicago, which owns Southwest Plaza and owns or manages more than 200 malls and other retail properties nationwide, filed for Chapter 11 protection April 16.

    "All day-to-day operations and business of all of GGP's shopping centers and other properties will continue as usual," the company said in a statement April 22.

  • Commission votes to increase developer fees

    Developers planning projects in Jefferson County will see their costs rise July 1, but county taxpayers will still pony up most of the cost of processing projects.

    Starting July 1, the plan will allow Tim Carl, the county's development and transportation director, to incrementally raise fees over the next five years to the point where his office recovers 25 percent of what it actually costs the county to process development projects.

  • Young robot warriors: South Jeffco teen leads class in building a battle-ready robot

    Chris Valdovino teaches a class on how to create a killer robot.

    A robot designed to kill other robots, that is.

    Valdovino, 16, lives in South Jeffco and grew up in the area. He and other students at the Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood have created a 120-pound robot that will be in a competition April 20-26 in Mare Island, Calif.

    "We're not scared," Valdovino said — though he's never built a combat robot and got the idea by watching old episodes of "BattleBots," a now-defunct television show featuring robot-on-robot violence.

  • Lesson Plans: Stony Creek students raise funds for climbing wall

    After running a mile as part of a fund-raiser on April 22 at Stony Creek Elementary School, third-grader K.J. Shearer had one question for gym teacher Doug Scott.

    “Can we fall down now?” she asked, laughing, before sprawling on the grass.

    K.J., along with hundreds of other students at the school, ran the mile to raise funds for a new rock-climbing wall for their gym. Each student solicited donations in exchange for completing the run.

  • Chargers end lax season on high note

    LAKEWOOD — It was the best of games; it was the worst of games.

    But in a tale of two girls lacrosse teams, the Chatfield Chargers and the Evergreen Cougars who faced off at Trailblazer Stadium on April 30, the hardest question to answer might have been ‘what the dickens were they playing for?’

    Neither the 7-5 Chargers (4-3 Jefferson County League), nor the 1-11 Cougars (0-7 Jeffco League) had much to play for late in the season, so the game became more about preparing for next season, and just having fun.

  • New-energy candidates powerless in IREA election

    Challengers for three seats on the board of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association — who called for more openness and a willingness to embrace alternative energy sources — were soundly defeated in last week’s elections.

    The three challengers all were endorsed by IREA Voices, a group of co-op members who say IREA is mired in fossil-fuel thinking and lacks transparency in the way it does business.

    • In District 7, incumbent George Hier received 3,899 votes, to 1,862 for Charles Bucknam.

  • 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.