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Today's News

  • Jeffco commissioners on summer meeting schedule

    The Jeffco commissioners will cut back on their schedule of public meetings for the remainder of the summer.

    The July 14 meetings went ahead as scheduled, and the commissioners will hold public hearings followed immediately by staff briefings at 9 a.m. July 21. The meetings are then canceled July 28, with at least two of the commissioners traveling to Tennessee for a conference. Meetings will go forward as scheduled Aug. 4 but are canceled Aug. 11. They resume Aug. 18, but are canceled Aug. 25. Meeting times will go back to normal Sept. 4 and resume the weekly schedule.

  • South Jeffco sparks 70 percent of sheriff’s fireworks calls

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to 237 calls related to fireworks over the July Fourth weekend, with nearly 70 percent of them in South Jeffco.

    “It makes sense,” said Capt. Patricia Woodin, head of the sheriff’s South Jeffco operations. “We do make up 50 percent of the (unincorporated) county’s population.”

  • Chimney Rock is an archaeological gem

    Between Durango and Pagosa Springs is a hidden gem of Colorado history. Before prehistoric dwellings were built into the cliffs at Mesa Verde, Ancestral Puebloans created a small settlement on top of a mesa near two dramatic pillars of stone. The place is called Chimney Rock.

  • Debating Obama’s Iran policy

    By Hannah Hayes

    For 30 years Iran has slowly been staging a rebellion. The recent election and demonstrations may be a turning point for those with legitimate grievances against the repressive mullahs. It is unclear to what degree there was voter fraud, yet students, women and the middle class have certainly raised profound issues while risking everything. Unfortunately, there is not yet a sufficient coalition present that unites these groups of revolutionaries with labor, military, ethnic groups and oil producers.

  • Penry brings campaign to Jeffco

    MORRISON — Conservative state Sen. Josh Penry brought his nascent gubernatorial campaign to Jefferson County on Sunday, speaking to enthusiastic supporters and outlining his intentions for Colorado’s economy. He invoked former President Reagan and took swings at Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter along the way.

  • Looking beyond his limitations: Mike Shaak gets things started at Mile-High Nationals

    MORRISON — When Mike Shaak served as a starter Sunday at the Mile Hi Nationals, his spine tingled with the seismic vibrations of 14,000 horsepower, and his nostrils were assaulted by the smell of nitro-methane fuel.

    The senses of sound and smell are especially acute for Shaak. The former drag racer is now blind.

    Before Shaak lost his eyesight 16 months ago, he had raced Chevy Camaros for 10 years. And a few weeks prior to the Mile Hi Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, owner John Bandimere took Shaak out on the track.

  • Summer draws to a close

    DENVER — Everything looks neat and tidy in a microcosm.

    The eighth-seeded Chatfield Chargers went 0-2 in the Central Colorado Baseball League’s Top-A final tournament, but got a glimpse of what was and what could have been.

    “Offense wasn’t our problem. The problem was defense all game long,” Chatfield coach Mike Yansak said about his team’s 14-11 opening-round loss to the host and top-seeded Mullen Mustangs on July 17. “It’s kind of a microcosm of the issues we’ve had all season.”

  • Many interesting sights in Seattle

    Recently, my wife and I took a week-long trip to Seattle.

    At this point, you’re probably asking yourself ‘Why Seattle?’ It seemed that was a popular question from friends and family after we began telling people about our summer plans.

    The short answer to that question is that we both have always been interested in seeing the Emerald City; and we were able to find really cheap plane tickets.

    The trip was amazing. The weather was great, staying around 80 degrees and it only rained once, believe it or not.

  • Be confident in your club selection

    I have about 150 yards to the hole. What club should I hit? This is a common question on the golf course. What happens next in the decision process can affect your score dramatically.

  • Townhome fire leaves 7-year-old with severe burns

    A fire at a South Jeffco townhome Friday afternoon left a young boy severely burned.

    Reports indicated the 7-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after the fire started.

    The West Metro Fire Department responded to the blaze on West Phillips Drive near Garrison Street just after 5 p.m.

    Firefighters said the boy's mother was also injured. West Metro Fire was still putting out hot spots in the evening.

    No additional details were immediately released.