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Today's News

  • Applications for gun permits soar in Jeffco

    President Obama's one-word slogan during last year's campaign — “change” — has meant different things to different people.

    But many people in Jefferson County apparently feel that one change will mean stricter gun-control laws, as the sheriff has been busy with applications for concealed-weapon permits.

    The sheriff's office issued 2,314 concealed-weapon permits in 2008, more than double the number issued in 2007 and more than three times the total for 2006.

  • Crime continues decline in South Jeffco

    Crime has been steadily declining in South Jefferson County over the last few years, and that trend largely continued in the second half of 2008.

    Both serious and less-serious categories of crime have decreased in South Jeffco since 2004, when there were 4,475 “part 1,” or serious, crimes reported. That same year there were 7,437 less-serious, or “part 2,” crimes. In 2008, those numbers had fallen to 3,317 and 5,708, respectively.

  • What’s in a word? Well, plenty

    In his terrific essay on “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell observed that “(w)hen there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”

    Orwell spoke of a phenomenon that exists in our time as it did in his — the hijacking of language to conceal the truth behind political objectives.

  • Jeffco residents can view crime maps online

    Ever have your car vandalized, and need a police report for the insurance company?

    In the past, you had to head down to the nearest sheriff’s station, which for residents of unincorporated Jefferson County can mean a lengthy car ride.

    But not anymore.

  • HOA threatens to pull out of CoHOPE, form another coalition

    The Columbine West Civic Association — a homeowner association claiming to represent 1,494 homes — likely will pull out of CoHOPE and try to take other groups with it in a spat over voting power.

    CoHOPE, or the Council of Homeowner Organizations for a Planned Environment, is a coalition of South Jeffco homeowner associations and individuals that meets monthly to discuss common concerns. As of Feb. 3, the group claimed to represent 8,208 South Jeffco households.

  • Chargers top Bears

    LAKEWOOD — After weathering a frantic fourth quarter that ended in an 84-75 victory for the Chatfield Chargers, junior Landon Vermeer spoke of serpents.

    The Chargers, who led Bear Creek by 21 points late in the third quarter only to have it chopped down to four points with 1:43 remaining, saw their lack of a ruthlessly killer instinct exposed again.

  • Volleyball, football players big winners at Columbine

    If you had the chance to watch Alicia Dotson on the volleyball court, you probably came away remembering a couple of distinct things about her.

    One would be her great ability as a setter to put the ball in prime locations for the Rebels’ outside hitters to spike the ball.

    The second would be her smile.

    Whether win or lose, Dotson always seemed able to find something during a particular match to make her flash a smile.

  • Appel to Stanford highlights Dakota signees

    Stanford or Yale?

    That was the question Dakota Ridge senior Evan Appel had been tussling with recently.

    At 10 p.m. Feb. 3, just hours before National Signing Day, Appel made up his mind: He’ll be a Cardinal.

    Appel was one of a dozen Dakota Ridge student-athletes to sign a National Letter of Intent on Feb. 4. The two-time Class 5A cross-country state champion and defending 1,600- and 3,200-meter 5A state track champion will participate in both sports at Stanford.

  • Local kids suit up for Colorado Science Bowl

    What is the name of the enzyme that synthesizes DNA? What do you call the range through which temperature changes more rapidly with depth?

    If you said “DNA polymerase” and “thermocline,” you might have been able to keep pace with the scores of Colorado high school students that squared off Jan. 31 in the 19th Colorado Science Bowl, hosted by Dakota Ridge High School.

  • Commissioners allocate $850,000 to help disabled

    The Developmental Disabilities Resource Center will be able to help between 12 and 16 more people get off a decades-long waiting list this year after the Jefferson County commissioners approved more than $850,000 in funding.

    Art Hogling, DDRC's executive director, said the money will be used to help more than a dozen more people by purchasing a new group home, expanding transportation services and installing fire suppression systems in three of the DDRC's existing buildings. The additions would also create 20 jobs, Hogling said.