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Today's News

  • Dakota Ridge opens season with win

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — Ahhh, the beauty of Opening Day.

    The sun on your face, the green grass, white chalk around the diamond, the smell of hot dogs coming from the shed behind home plate, the announcer trying to contend with a shoddy microphone and a football scrimmage atop a nearby hill.

    Add to that serenity a Dakota Ridge squad with lots of fresh faces trying to make sure no hiccups, glitches or gaffes got in the way of defeating ThunderRidge.

  • DNC's first day a whirlwind

    Attending day one of the Democratic National Convention in Denver was like going to a party, a game and an industry trade show simultaneously. From a logistical standpoint, the enormous production came off nearly seamlessly.

    The shuttle bus, the security, the sound system, the snack bars, the people-watching, organization, professionalism of the volunteers, general accessibility and the inspiring speeches by famous political figures made the evening go by entertainingly.

    If the rest of the days go off as well, it will be a big win for Denver and Colorado.

  • Jeffco schools to seek tax increase, bond issue

    The Jefferson County school board voted unanimously Aug. 21 to ask voters for a 4.4-mill increase in property taxes and a $350 million bond issue in the Nov. 4 election to pay for more teachers, upkeep, buildings and technology upgrades.

    The mill levy is expected to cost taxpayers an extra $2.92 a month per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The bond issue is to replace the level of borrowing that is in already in place as that is paid off, and it will not result in a tax increase.

    The proposal could be a tough sell in view of the declining economic climate.

  • Rabid bat found at Columbine Hills Park

    The Jefferson County health department is looking for anyone who may have come into contact with a bat that tested positive for rabies.

    The bat was reported to Jeffco Animal Control by a citizen on Aug. 12. Animal Control responded to Columbine Hills Park (near South Kendall Street and West Elmhurst Avenue), where the bat was found in the parking lot near some bleachers hissing and behaving strangely.

    Two boys of middle school age reported the bat to a local veterinary clinic nearby and were asked if they had handled the bat; both responded no.

  • Should third parties be on fringe of politics?

    Hannah Hayes

  • Kids: Cherish your youth

    Do you want to know how my weekend was?

    Do you really want to know?

    OK, I’ll tell you.

    If this tells you anything, the highlight was installing a new toilet.

    As a new home owner, tackling any home-improvement project (within reason, mind you) is something that, these days, I look forward to.

    I honestly never thought I’d say that.

  • The buck stops here

    When Mark Hubbard starts work each morning in the Jefferson County treasurer's office, he has hundreds of millions of reasons to pay very close attention to his job.

    Hubbard administers the county’s 15 bank accounts and also manages Jeffco’s investment portfolio, which totaled more than $288 million as of July 30.

    "It's interesting to get to manage money," the unassuming Hubbard said. "Eventually, you get used to it, and it's just numbers."

  • South Jeffco's Noonan eager to cast vote for Obama at Dem convention

    Longtime Jeffco Democratic activist Paula Noonan is set to play a role in history when she casts a vote for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention next week.

    Noonan, 60, was elected as an Obama delegate from the 6th Congressional District, which includes Jefferson, Douglas, Arapahoe, Elbert and part of Park counties. She is looking forward to casting her vote for the Illinois senator from the convention floor at the Pepsi Center.

  • Hearts flutter over Fannie Mae

    Ears perked up in the wood-paneled Jefferson County commissioners' briefing room on Aug. 5 when the words "county investments" and "Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac" were used in the same sentence.

    The man who spoke the words county investment officer Mark Hubbard was briefing the commissioners on the county's investment portfolio. Of the $288.9 million invested, $188 million is invested in the recently troubled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • Paschall won't be tried a third time

    It's over.

    District Attorney Scott Storey took two swings at prosecuting former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall after Paschall was accused of soliciting a kickback on his way out of the treasurer's office. Both times Storey missed.

    He's decided not to risk a strikeout.