Today's News

  • Inter-Canyon Fire hires first paid chief

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board has hired longtime district volunteer Maurice “Skip” Shirlaw as the department’s first-ever paid fire chief.

  • IREA board will vote on new charge

    The Intermountain Rural Electric Association board is considering a new charge for customers requesting meters beginning in January 2015.

    New customers such as those who install solar panels and those with vacation homes that are infrequently used could be subject to the charge, said Josh Liss, IREA spokesman. The proposed charge of approximately $4 per kilowatt will affect customers whose average electrical service usage is less than 9 or 10 percent of the peak demand margin in a given month.

  • County approves development at Wadsworth, Coal Mine

    County approval for a development on the northeast corner of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue has cleared the way for the 4.65-acre parcel to be sold and turned into a three-lot commercial center.

    The parcel was one of several that the Foothills Park and Recreation District put up for sale in 2011. The development plan, approved by Jeffco’s county commissioners on Sept. 1, clears the way for the land to be sold for $815,000 to Cornerstone Capital Investment.

  • Program seeks to help struggling families pay for child care

    Families working their way out of poverty face a disressing catch-22 known as the “cliff effect” — a small increase in income can lead to a loss of benefits, more than countering the additional money they’re earning.

    Jeffco’s Human Services Department is part of a state pilot program designed to address that situation by continuing to provide child-care assistance even when a family’s income exceeds an arbitrary threshold.

  • Susan Harmon, school board candidate in District 2

    Lakewood resident Susan Harmon said she wants to bring a reconciliatory voice and more thoughtful decision making to the Jeffco school board.

    Harmon, a family law attorney and mother of two Jeffco students, is running for the District 2 seat currently held by John Newkirk, one of the recall targets. Physician assistant Matthew Dhieux of Littleton is also a challenger for the seat.

  • Sports briefs

    Westside searching for new, experienced players for 2015

    Westside girls rugby team is looking for high school players for the 2015 season. Athletes from any school are welcomed to join the club. Experience isn’t necessary.
    According to a report by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, rugby is the fastest growing youth sport in the country with an enrollment growth of 81 percent between 2008 and 2013.

  • Lady Falcons note improvement despite setback

    Comparatively speaking, Front Range Christian saw measurable improvement from its season-opening volleyball match two nights earlier at Lyons and its Sept. 10 home opener with Heritage Christian.
    For starters, the Lady Falcons put up a more competitive battle this go-around compared to the 25-7, 25-11, 25-14 loss to the Lady Lions.
    And though the end result was the same — a straight-set defeat — the 25-12, 25-23, 26-24, the setback was more competitive.

  • Column: Thanks for the ride. I’ll miss it

    LITTLETON — It’s Thursday, Sept. 10, and, for the first time, I’m afraid to say, I’m sitting on the purple bleachers inside Front Range Christian School’s gymnasium. It’s not that I didn’t want to be there. I certainly did. It’s just that, until now, I had never covered a game in the building before.

  • Lady Eagles pass measuring stick at Erie

    ERIE —The mound at Erie High School was something that Dakota Ridge junior pitcher Carlye Levy said she had to adjust to. It was lower than she expected. But once she got comfortable, she was in a rhythm that not even the host Lady Tigers could get her out of.
    Levy retired 12 of 13 batters at one point and struck out 12, while Sara Meyer hit a two-run homer as 5A Dakota Ridge doubled up 4A Erie 6-3 on Sept. 12 at Erie High School.

  • Lions roar loudly at Liberty Bell

    Heading into the 38th annual Liberty Bell Invitational, Littleton sophomore Addi Iken peeked at last year’s Division 3 results to get a feel for what it would be like this go-around. After all, in 2014, the Lions ran in Division 2.