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Today's News

  • Looking for a new Super Bowl tradition

    For as long as I can remember, I’ve spent Super Bowl Sunday doing two things.

    One, of course, is watching the game. And for the few anti-football types out there, you missed a heck of a game. Not as great as last year’s, but still, a really good game.

    The second thing I’ve always done on Super Bowl Sunday is eat chicken wings.

    Now, I don’t know how the tradition started in the Johnson household, but, I was certainly happy my father brought it into existence.

  • Ken Caryl student will travel to D.C. to tell of living with diabetes

    Ken Caryl Middle School student Erin Doyle, daughter of the late Sgt. Patrick Doyle of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Cheryl Doyle, has been selected as one of two Coloradans with Type 1 juvenile diabetes to travel to Washington, D.C., for the biannual JDRF Children’s Congress.

    Erin will meet with members of Congress and tell her story and the stories of many other children who have the disease.

  • Rebels coast to easy win

    LAKEWOOD — If it had been a baseball game they would have invoked the 10-run rule.

    What began as a competitive Class 5A Jefferson County League swimming meet at Carmody Pool between Bear Creek, Columbine and Dakota Ridge, quickly turned into a showcase for the Columbine swimmers who won all 11 races, as well as the diving competition.

    Columbine finished with 166 points, Bear Creek with 94 points and Dakota Ridge with 57 points, but the scary thing is, it could have been worse.

  • Tancredo: Was he a good congressman?

    By Hannah B. Hayes

    The issues around immigration are complex. There’s a melting pot of experiences that led most of us here. Every immigrant has a story — often compelling and heart-wrenching. The migration from “my country” to the promise of a better life is a journey into the unknown on an uncertain path through a maze of danger and bureaucracy.

  • Plains district not bound by ’85 pact, judge rules

    The Plains Metropolitan District is not obligated to build any tennis courts, swimming pools or a soccer field under the terms of the special district service plan conceived in 1985, a Jefferson County district judge ruled Jan. 14 in an exhaustive 16-page decision.

    The ruling represents an enormous setback, if not the final blow, in Ken-Caryl Ranch Metro District’s quest to force a neighboring district to pay for the promised $3.5 million in recreational amenities. A decision on an appeal is pending.

  • School board eyes $12 million in cuts in 2009-10

    Jefferson County Public Schools will probably have to do without the district’s planetarium beginning next school year.

    Thanks to the failure of the $350 million bond issue and the $35-million-a-year tax increase, the 40-year-old planetarium will be closed indefinitely as part of a long list of budget cuts contemplated by the school board and school administration for next year and beyond.

    The biggest impact will come in staff reductions, which are expected to reach a total of nearly 300 over the next three years.

  • Police seek pair in daytime apartment burglary

    Two men involved in a daytime burglary at an apartment complex near South Kipling Street and West Hampden Avenue on Jan. 22 remain at large.

    According to a release by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, at 12:10 p.m. two female residents of the complex — one 27 years old and the other 67— were returning from lunch, and one of the victims saw a man carrying her Denver Broncos jacket.

    She confronted him, and he ran to a 1990s maroon Ford Explorer and sped away, according to the release.

  • Lawmakers seek faster way to solve transit woes

    Deteriorating bridges across the state, congestion that robs us of time, declining gas taxes because cars are more efficient, and an economy on the fritz. What’s a state to do? If Gov. Bill Ritter, state Sen. Dan Gibbs and state Rep. Joe Rice have their way, we’ll go faster.

  • Crime and quality-of-life quiz

    To kick off 2009, we put together a quiz based on citizen questions and some crime/quality-of-life problems we encounter regularly in Jeffco. We invite you to take the quiz and see if you know the best way to handle the following scenarios.

    Q: You want to teach your young child to stay away from adults who could harm him or her. What’s a good phrase to help them remember?

    a. “Trust no one”

    b. “Say no to strangers”

    c. “Check first before you go anywhere with anyone”

    ANSWER: C

  • Rocky times for a Colorado institution

    Recently, the long-rumored demise of the Rocky Mountain News took another step toward reality. Announcing the paper is up for sale, the E.W. Scripps Co. signaled what may be the end an institution that has been part of Colorado for nearly 150 years.

    The news hit me harder than I expected. For all the other sources of information out there, and there are many, I just can’t imagine life without the Rocky. It’s been a part of my day since I learned to read.