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Today's News

  • Home rule could give Jeffco residents stronger voice

    Jefferson County has the largest unincorporated urban area in the United States; the area known as “South Jeffco” alone contains more than 100,000 residents. If it were to incorporate as a city, it would be among the largest cities in the state.

    When the Colorado Constitution was enacted in 1876, such an urbanized unincorporated area was never imagined. Consequently, the structure of county government in our state makes it difficult for counties to enact ordinances to regulate graffiti and other urban problems.

  • Commissioners reject increases in development fees

    A proposal by county staff to raise some fees paid by developers was shot down March 3 by the county commissioners.

    Tim Carl, Jeffco’s director of development and transportation, proposed raising certain fees from $100 to $450 over the next three years. Under Carl’s plan, some fees would have increased 25 percent each year through 2011, when they would have been frozen for three years. Starting in 2014, the fees would have been adjusted every three years in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • Heritage tops Chatfield in extra innings

    The Chatfield Chargers are learning what it’s like to be the hunted.

    Fresh off a solid victory over highly-touted Arapahoe, the Chargers could not keep up with Heritage on March 11 and suffered a wild 11-7 loss in 10 innings.

    The Chargers (2-1) battled back from deficits of 2-0, 4-3 and 7-4 before the Eagles (2-2), who were winless entering the game, finally dropped the hammer with four runs in the top of the 10th.

  • The fighting spirit: Front Range Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu owner takes on new business challenge

    In feudal Japan, a class of warriors known as the samurai developed methods for combating opponents who were armed or wearing armor. The fighting style that emerged, now known as jiu-jitsu, has evolved over time into several disciplines for sport and self-defense.

  • Jeffco takes steps to speed processing of food-stamp applications

    Jefferson County is taking steps to more quickly process food stamp applications, after the county was cited as leading the state in failing to process the applications within the federally required 30 days.

    Lynnae Flora, acting director of Jeffco’s community assistance division, said more of the division’s employees are working overtime in an effort to more quickly process the applications. The division’s workers are also getting more training, she said.

  • Chargers take Lambkins' best shot, cruise to win

    Stephanie Rowe got slugged in the face March 10 and was none too happy about it.

    Moving through the midfield in Chatfield’s Class 5A nonleague match against Fort Collins, Rowe took a hand to the grill and was dropped. Sure, the referee awarded the senior a foul, but that wasn’t taking away Rowe’s indignation.

    “I just wanted to get back at them,” Rowe said.

  • Chargers ready for challenge

    The Chatfield boys lacrosse team burst onto the scene a year ago.

    As a first-year program, the Chargers immediately thrust themselves into elite company, knocking off rival Columbine and reaching the Class 5A state quarterfinals.

    This year, expectations around the program remain high, despite losing a few senior leaders. While players like Max Erickson are gone, Greg Kelsic, Nick Nedeau, Mitch Erickson and James Sharp are all back, giving the Chargers plenty of options in the midfield and on the attack.

  • County gets $6 million to mitigate effects of foreclosures

    Jefferson County is set to receive $6 million from the federal government to offset the effects of foreclosed homes, but none of that money is currently headed to South Jeffco.

    Community Development Director Jacqui Pickett told the county commissioners March 3 that the county will get $6.01 million through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The money can be used to buy foreclosed or abandoned residential properties, redevelop them, and sell them to families that earn less than $86,000 annually (120 percent of Jeffco’s median income).

  • An early start: South Jeffco Democrat eager to face off with Coffman in CD6

    Republican Tom Tancredo represented South Jeffco in Congress for 10 years after first winning the seat in 1998. His successor, Aurora Republican Mike Coffman, has been in office for less than three months — and the potential challengers already are lining up.

    One is John Flerlage, a South Jeffco Democrat who says he’s the only one who can go toe to toe against Coffman and win.

    “I cede nothing on security or economics as a Democrat,” Flerlage said during an interview at a South Jeffco Starbucks on March 4.

  • Young Rebels off to hot start

    Young and inexperienced at the varsity level, the Columbine Rebels are walking softly this baseball season.

    So far, they also happen to be carrying a very big stick.

    The Rebels (3-0) notched their third victory by 10 runs on March 13 as they hammered Douglas County 11-1 and needed just five innings to do it.

    Behind 4 1/3 innings from sophomore pitcher Bert Guzman, towering home runs by seniors Cody Hagen and Mike Tanner, and key hits from the bottom half of the lineup, the Rebels continued their surprising start to the young season.