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Today's News

  • Kopp holds first virtual town hall meeting

    State Sen. Mike Kopp’s first “virtual town hall meeting” went off with only one technological glitch on March 23, but the bigger issue may be ensuring that constituents who don’t agree with Kopp get a chance to weigh in.

  • Chargers get best of Rebels

    LAKEWOOD — Greg Kelsic said he and his Chatfield lacrosse teammates were expecting a physical encounter with rival Columbine.

    The Rebels certainly supplied the physicality, and the rival Chargers were more than happy to return the favor.

    Play on both sides of the field at times more resembled football than lacrosse. Penalty flags littered the synthetic turf field at Trailblazer Stadium on numerous occasions.

  • DA Storey wants to extend term limits for his office

    For Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey, eight is definitely not enough.

    Term limits mean that Storey must leave office when his second four-year term ends in 2012, but he’s determined to stick around. And so, he will soon propose to the county commissioners that the limits be extended to let him seek another term.

    “As it applies to the DA, and as it applies to those offices that are not necessarily policy-makers but have a specialty attached to them — like the sheriff, for example — I felt like eight years is not enough,” Storey said.

  • Open Space could save $5 million by refinancing loans

    The Jefferson County Open Space Division might be able to buy more land after it refinances more than $70 million in loans to take advantage of low interest rates.

    “Unfortunately, the economy is bad, but it also creates the opportunity for us to do better with our bonds,” said Open Space Director Ralph Schell.

    Schell said the open space program took out about $160 million in loans in 1999 to buy land. The county currently pays an average interest rate of 4.94 percent on the remaining debt, but prevailing rates are nearly 2 points lower.

  • Iraq: What is the status of U.S. mission?

    By Hannah Hayes

    What do you call 50,000 troops that will be left behind when the U.S. withdraws from Iraq? Re-missioned. How can you re-mission troops when they never had their original mission disclosed?

    But we’re jumping ahead on Iraq (while we’re falling behind at home). The reality today is that lives keep being lost, dollars continue to be spent, and troops still redeploy. It ain’t over, folks.

  • Eagles back in full force, top Rebels

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles got its soccer team back together just in time to face an old rival.

    Having been missing several players for undisclosed reasons, the Eagles were in full force March 18 and got some timely goals for a 3-1 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory over Columbine.

    “Honestly, I’m just glad to have players back,” Eagles coach Damon Smerchek said. “I’m just glad to come away with our first win and get on the right track.”

  • Chargers struggle to put away pesky Bears

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield Chargers got the end result they expected March 18 against Bear Creek. It just didn’t go the way they expected.

    Rather than maul the Bears as has been their custom, the Chargers found themselves breathing a sigh of relief as the final whistle blew on a 1-0 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory at Lakewood Memorial Field.

  • Head of the class: Sheriff's fleet provides miles of fun for Head Start students

    Nothing revs up a group of 3- to 5-year-olds like a room full of big, shiny vehicles with flashing lights just waiting to serve as their personal climbing gym.

    And for 15 Head Start students who recently took a field trip to a garage housing the Jeffco sheriff’s vehicle fleet, smiles and laughter were in high gear.

  • The lessons of a down economy

    The other day, a friend told me he believes there’s a good chance our kids’ generation will face the same kind of Depression-era challenges our grandparents did. I don’t know whether that’s true. I sure hope not.

    If we had our way, of course, our kids would never face economic hardship. Difficult times lead to deferred dreams, missed opportunities, strained relationships and, in some cases, poverty. There’s nothing good about job losses and a stagnant market.  

  • Firefighters take a different track: Trio open racing-themed bar in South Jeffco

    Three Denver firefighters who spent a total of 100 years protecting their community have decided to take on an entirely different challenge — running a sports bar.

    Bobby Mares, Dean Hastings and Mike Parker have opened Finish Line Sports Pub on West Bowles Avenue just east of C-470. And as the name implies, one sport in particular inspired the theme of their establishment: auto racing.