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Today's News

  • Committed to aging well: South Jeffco winery won’t let economy dampen its spirits

    Conventional wisdom holds that in an economic downturn, those with something to sell should hunker down and wait out the storm.

    Not Jim "Griff" Griffin.

    Griffin, owner of Avanti Gars & Grapes Winery in South Jeffco, is planning to counter a slower economy by producing more of his trademark Avanti wine and offering it in more places.

    "You have to have faith in yourself," Griffin said, sitting in his store on West Bowles Avenue. "If you don't, you end up losing ground."

  • Coffman lays out agenda as Jeffco's new congressman

    The country's financial malaise has made Wall Street bankers mighty unpopular these days. But coming in a close second are politicians, who are scrambling to address an economic recession that seems to get worse with each news cycle.

    In that vein, it's not hard to guess what freshman Rep. Mike Coffman's focus is right now in Congress.

  • Go behind scenes in Citizens’ Academy

    Have you ever wondered how an investigation really unfolds? How forensics experts analyze a crime scene?  How an officer identifies a drunken driver?

    The 11-week Citizens’ Academy is a free program offered by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to county residents. It is your behind-the-scenes tour through virtually every aspect of our criminal justice system. Participants learn in a classroom setting one night per week, with plenty of interactive activities throughout.

    Following are some of the many class topics.

  • Jeffco commissioners ax internal audit department

    The Jefferson County commissioners eliminated the county’s internal audit department on Feb. 17, citing the need “to reduce administrative overhead costs” and saying the department’s functions were duplicative.

    But the now-former internal auditor said that’s not the reason at all.

    Susan Johnson, who lost her job along with her assistant, says it’s all about accountability.

  • Avalanche players visit Dutch Creek second-graders

    Second-graders at Dutch Creek Elementary were visited Jan. 20 by Colorado Avalanche players T.J. Hensick and David Jones, who read a story to the two classes, answered questions and signed autographs.

  • Coffman calls Obama's stimulus ‘agenda-driven,’ says it won't stimulate economy

    U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman said the economic stimulus package signed by President Obama in Denver on Feb. 17 will do little to pull the country out of its economic doldrums.

    "I'm obviously very disappointed in the legislation itself, that seemed to be strong on agenda-driven policy and light on economic stimulus," Coffman said in an interview hours before Obama signed the legislation at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

  • Eagles breeze past Mustangs

    With many players on the Dakota Ridge girls basketball team seeing their first significant playoff minutes, you had to wonder if nerves would be an issue.

    A 25-0 run in the first half answered any questions about postseason jitters as the No. 5 Eagles routed the No. 12 Mustangs of Mountain Range 54-24 Feb. 25 at Dakota Ridge High School.

    The win propels the Eagles (14-10) into a second round rematch against No. 4 George Washington in the Alice Barron Region. The Patriots beat the Eagles earlier in the season in a nonleague game.

  • Great Baal of Fire

    As the lone returning starter, Janelle Baal knew she’d be looked upon to provide more scoring for the Dakota Ridge girls basketball team.

    The senior point guard saw the challenge as an opportunity to broaden her game. She diligently worked on her 3-point shot, and as the season progressed, Baal developed into a dangerous threat from behind the arc.

    With a share of the Class 5A Jefferson County League title hanging in the balance, Baal’s long-range skills were put on display Feb. 21 on Senior Night against rival Columbine.

  • Early run fuels Chargers

    Be careful whom you challenge.

    The Chatfield Chargers girls basketball team found themselves dared to shoot from downtown Feb. 25 by the Littleton Lions, shortly before the Chargers were dared to score inside.

    They answered both challenges with aplomb.

    The seventh-seeded Chargers broke the zone and beat the man defense en route to a comfortable 54-34 victory in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament.

  • Jeffco government salaries

    Jefferson County Government Press Listing For Year 2008

    County Commissioners

    Administrative Specialist II 37163.27

    Commissioners Exec Secretary 63776.90

    Elected Official 63203.00

    Elected Official 87300.00

    Elected Official 63203.00