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Today's News

  • Eagles win home finale in style

    Who wears short shorts? The Dakota Ridge Eagles basketball team does.

    Ahem, that’s the Dakota Ridge Eagles’ boys team.

    “We definitely came out with a little more fun,” senior guard Lenny Canny said.

    And a lot more leg.

    Perhaps it was the increased flexibility of the retro shorts, or just the vibe of getting back to the old-school when fundamentals were not only coached but embraced, but the Eagles were feeling vintage Feb. 18 against Bear Creek.

  • Amendment 54 ruffles feathers among Jeffco officials

    A state constitutional amendment that bars sole-source government contract holders from contributing to political campaigns caused some consternation at the Taj Mahal on Feb. 12, with county elected officials saying the ban is too broad.

    Amendment 54, which was approved by Colorado voters in November 2008, prohibits contractors with more than $100,000 in contracts with any government entity from contributing to political candidates, political action committees or political parties. It also applies to the immediate family of the contractor.

  • Legislation on sewer rates on hold

    A bill born from the conflict between the city of Littleton and South Jeffco water and sanitation districts is dead in the water, as the parties continue to negotiate. But the legislation still could resurface.

  • Weitzel wrestles to third-place finish

    DENVER — Cody Weitzel has wrestled numerous times in tournaments much bigger and arguably more illustrious than the Class 5A state wrestling championships at the Pepsi Center.

    But that didn’t stop the butterflies from coming to the Columbine freshman.

    “I’ve been to a lot of really big national tournaments and I thought I wasn’t going to be affected,” Weitzel said.

    Weitzel overcame his nerves, rebounding from one defeat to place third in the 103-pound weight class on Feb. 21.

  • Careful: COBRA coverage can bite you

    It has happened. You were or are going to be laid off. Your soon-to-be-last employer has informed you that you can select COBRA and pay the full 100 percent (plus 2 percent administration) of the premium. You think, “Great, I am covered.”

    However, you find out 45 to 60 days later that your premium is two or three times higher than what you previously contributed. The latter is the norm. I have seen singles and families with $600 and $1,200 monthly premiums, respectively. There go your layoff-package dollars.

  • Indoor trampoline park to fill vacant Albertson's space

    People will be bouncing off the walls inside the old Albertson's building at South Kipling Street and West Bowles Avenue this spring.

    Tim Crawford, a businessman from Golden, is opening an indoor trampoline fun center called Jump Street in the building, hoping to give South Jeffco a new way to play.

    "It's something the whole family can do," Crawford said while taking a break from removing old steel from the building Dec. 31. "Some parents have more fun than their kids."

  • Once again, Rams edge past Chargers

    The Chatfield Chargers need a sticky player. A glue guy that can rally the troops when things go sour and lead the charge when its time to attack.

    They need someone like Green Mountain senior Brian Hunt.

    “He takes over in big situations,” Chatfield coach Steve Schimpeler said. “He was the difference in the first game, and he was the difference in this game.”

  • Former Jeffco commissioner Dave Auburn dies

    It started with stomach pains in August 2008.

    Then came the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, and an estimate from doctors that Dave Auburn — businessman, former Jefferson County commissioner and, most notably, family man — had four months to live.

    "He beat those odds," said Linda Auburn, who lost her husband Feb. 11 to pancreatic cancer.

    Auburn lived to see his 63rd birthday on Jan. 21, the same day as his 20th anniversary.

  • Cold facts on ice safety

    A Chatfield State Park ranger who rescued a fisherman who fell through the ice in early February says the incident calls to mind the precautions necessary for recreation on frozen water.

    Michael Judd, the ranger, said in a statement that the fisherman had walked about 50 yards out onto the ice at Chatfield Reservoir, but the surface was unstable due to recent warm temperatures. The angler, who has not been identified, was not wearing a life jacket or any other personal flotation device, and was fishing alone.

  • County to bring stricter cell tower rules on line

    Jefferson County says its regulations on cell phone towers will be tougher when changes are made to zoning and permit laws this spring.

    But for the many people upset when cell towers seemingly pop up out of nowhere in their neighborhoods, there still will be no formal notification system.

    County officials say residents who want to know if a tower is coming to their area will have to search the county's permit database or look for signs on private land indicating a special-use permit.