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Today's News

  • Newspapers under attack from all directions

    It was in the early 1980s — I was a mere child — when I first started thumbing through the daily newspaper. I immediately flipped to the sports pages and then usually the comics or vice-versa.
    I walked to the nearby 7-Eleven weekly and brought neighboring papers — the Washington Post or the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, to name a few — just so I could thumb through their coverage and clip out advertisements to save for my own personal collection.

  • Who will lead?

    We continue to argue about how to protect our kids from school shooters. I can’t get the visions of those little Sandy Hook toddlers out of my mind. I live near an elementary school, and as I see the little ones coming and going I think about the horrific shootings we seem to shrug off as “the way things are today.” No, thoughts and prayers are insufficient.
    Consider the following events compiled by Michael Smerconish, CNN and Sirius Radio nonpartisan program host regarding the Parkland school shooting:

  • Saving Parkland—26 times over

    The hypocrisy can sometimes feel overwhelming. The recent anti-gun march in Washington masquerading as an anti-gun violence demonstration focused on protecting our children.
    It was, in fact, a cleverly organized, coordinated demonstration by the anti-gun, anti-NRA, anti-Trump political left. Coordinated by Democrat Party alliances involving George Soros, the Women’s March and others, these folks certainly have the legal right to exercise their First Amendment rights.

  • Dakota Ridge snuffs Columbine

    LITTLETON — A little tendonitis wasn’t going to stop Peyton Hamel.
    In a matchup between Dakota Ridge’s No. 1 singles player and Columbine’s Jamie Chase on Tuesday at Marker Park, Hamel started out strong and wavered a bit in the middle of the competition before putting Chase away quickly in the final game.
    Hamel continued her undefeated streak as she went on to win, 6-4, 6-4.
    Despite her early success, she’s had her fair share of struggles, and it showed at times against Chase.

  • Volunteers are the nucleus of any political party

    Joe Webb

  • Decisions, decisions on additional state funding

    The good news is that economists for the legislature and the governor projected last week that the state will have more than $1 billion more to spend on state priorities in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The bad news is that the demand for state services is several times that amount.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Bare witness

  • Second suspect charged in last year’s North Turkey Creek Fire

    The second suspect in starting last year’s North Turkey Creek Fire has been charged and will return for a May 7 arraignment in Jefferson County court.
    Riley Costello, 19, is accused of lighting Roman candles while Jeffco was in a stage-2 fire ban and is charged with a class-4 felony of second-degree arson. He appeared in court on Friday for a disposition hearing.
    A class-4 felony carries the potential of two to six years in prison, though prison is not mandatory.

  • Funding, mental health issues dominate school safety panel

    Community leaders and attendees at a recent school safety panel organized by Jeffco Public Schools agreed that more funding is needed for security measures and mental health resources.

    On March 20, a couple hundred people gathered at Lakewood High School to discuss school safety with more than a dozen community leaders, including several area police chiefs, Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader, Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir and John-Michael Keyes of the I Love U Guys Foundation.

  • National group looks for independent candidate in House District 25 race

    The Colorado chapter of Unite America, a grassroots political group that works to get independent candidates elected to state offices, is targeting the 2018 House District 25 race in an effort “bridge the growing partisan divide” both locally and statewide.

    Announced just days before the statewide caucuses March 6, Unite Colorado’s executive director Nick Troiano says the effort stems from what he sees as an opportunity for an independent candidate to take the district.