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Today's News

  • Needs hammer

    Two brothers who grew up in Jefferson County and a former resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., have opened an auto-repair shop and car wash that is striving to be friendly — to customers, employees and the environment.

    Chris and Mark Shamis and Mike Torres are the owners of Dakota Ridge Complete Automotive. The auto-repair business, at West Bowles Avenue and C-470, opened Oct. 27, and the car wash opened Nov. 23.

    Torres, an animated man who moved to Colorado when he was 18, is co-owner and operations manager. He described the shop as “high end.”

  • BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff searching for missing Conifer woman

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is looking for Laurette Doerr, an 86-year-old Conifer woman who has gone missing.

    Doerr left Conifer about noon Dec. 3 headed to south Denver to see her daughter. She was driving a blue 2000 Subaru Impreza with Colorado license plate PAZ-9120. Doerr likely traveling on U.S. 285 from Conifer to Denver.

    Doerr is 5-foot-1, with gray hair and brown eyes.

  • Chatfield runs past Chaparral

    Try on this logic for size: The Chatfield Chargers whipped the Chaparral Wolverines on Dec. 4, just two days after the Wolverines took the two-time Class 5A defending champion East Angels into overtime.

    So that must mean the Chargers are way better than the top-ranked Angels, right?

    Welcome to prep hoops in early December.

  • Missing Conifer woman found in Fairplay

    A Conifer woman who was reported missing at midmorning on Dec. 3 was found Thursday night in Fairplay.

    Laurette Doerr, 86, left her home in Conifer on Dec. 3 to visit her daughter in Denver and never arrived. Shortly before she was found a senior Amber Alert was released—the first time the state has done that.

    According to Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener, a truck driver who had seen the Amber Alert was traveling on U.S. 285 and spotted Doerr’s blue 2000 Subaru Impreza. The truck driver notified the Fairplay Police Department.

  • Women on wheels bring exciting athleticism, excitement to Denver

    A whistle sounds, and Anne Shank, the chosen jammer, breaks away from the pack. The Slaughterhouse Derby Girls from Greeley take off after Anne at a frenetic pace. But not before Pinky 500, who towers at 6 feet tall on her skates, throws a hip and pushes the SDG jammer off the track. Shank continues her run, and the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls take home a stunning 142-38 victory.

  • Reflections on the 2008 election

    Too much ink has been spilled analyzing the presidential election, so I’ll keep this part of my column brief. Folks were ready for change — and after eight years of George Bush’s rudderless big government-ism, I can’t say I blame them. Republicans across the nation took a hit, and rightfully so.

    But what happened at the local level defied expectations, and was in many ways a setback for Democrats too.

  • There's plenty to be thankful for

    Hannah Hayes

    It’s Thanksgiving and an appropriate time to reflect on giving and receiving. A day, a season, perhaps an even longer time to trade in negative dialogue and give it up for someone who has contributed so much to our lives and to many others’ as well. This year I’ve chosen to write about Gloria Steinem. She appeared in our area a couple of times during the election cycle and I felt lucky to be able to hear this icon speak in person at the Lake House.

  • Process needed to validate ballot initiatives

    The things we, the people of Colorado, do to our state constitution are pretty remarkable. Most informed voters know and understand how the conflicting provisions of TABOR, which restricts government collections and expenditures; Amendment 23, which mandates increased spending for K-12 education regardless of the condition of the state treasury or impact on other state programs; and the Gallagher amendment, which creates ever disparate property tax treatment of residential and commercial property ties elected officials’ hands and makes it difficult to deliver government services.

  • County avoids trial in claims against Congrove, commission

    A woman accusing the Jefferson County commission and, in particular, Commissioner Jim Congrove of having her fired from a bank holding county funds has agreed to drop the claims.

  • Garage door openers used in burglaries

    Garage door openers in cars parked outside homes have been used in a spate of recent home burglaries, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

    The trend has become more prevalent since the beginning of November.

    The suspects' method is to find an unlocked car parked on the street and use the garage door opener inside the car to open the home's garage. Once inside, suspects enter cars parked inside the garage, where they steal wallets, purses, small electronic devices, and paperwork. At least three vehicles were also stolen from garages.