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Today's News

  • Sustainability applies to economy, too

    Several years ago, I heard former Governor Dick Lamm say that the biggest policy challenge of the 21st Century would be sustainability. At the time, I thought he was speaking primarily about environmental issues, but recent events suggest the word encompasses even more than that.

    Of course, environmental sustainability remains a significant issue. As third-world countries catch up to industrialized nations, the problems connected with resource consumption and pollution will continue to grow.  

  • Don’t sleep on Chargers

    In the span of a month, the Chatfield girls basketball team has gone from pretender to contender in Class 5A Jefferson County.

    When you sit back and study the roster, the transformation really shouldn’t be surprising.

    What should leave you scratching your head is how did this team, which has veteran players at nearly every position, get off to such a slow start?

    Well, injuries certainly played a part.

  • South Jeffco bank robber sentenced to 19 years in prison

    Tobias Archuleta, the man who robbed a South Jeffco bank at gunpoint on July 23, 2008, was sentenced to 19 years in prison Jan. 15.

    He was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $83,000.

  • Jeffco law officers take priorities to Capitol

    On a chilly January morning, law enforcement officers from around the state gathered at the state Capitol and urged lawmakers — who face a half-billion-dollar budget shortfall — not to leave their legislative priorities out in the cold.

    "I'm very aware that we have issues this year in our economy and our budget," Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey said Jan. 15 on the west steps of the Capitol. "I also know there's a direct correlation between a poor economy and the crime rate."

  • Chargers swat away pesky Eagles

    In its basketball program, Chatfield senior basketball players are referred to as the “Terrific T’s.

    But, Tyler Rogers, Taylor Rogers, and Tyler Haidaris better make room for one more T – junior Trevor Wages.

    The 6-foot-7 center held his own in the Jan. 23 game against Dakota Ridge. Wages helped guide the Chargers to a 74-61 victory over the Eagles with a big second half contribution. He scored eight points, but more importantly he provided a strong post presence against a Dakota Ridge defense that was not going to back down.

  • Kopp, Gerou roll out wildfire legislation

    State Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, and state Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Genesee, hope to pick up where Kopp and former state Rep. Rob Witwer left off in their 2008 work on wildfire legislation.

    The duo are teaming up to push a series of bills aimed at reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire in areas where urbanization and wild lands meet.

  • Jeffco GOP hit with subpoena in connection with alleged wiretapping

    The Jefferson County GOP was hit with a subpoena last week in connection with its one-time website administrator, who is a defendant in a federal wiretapping civil lawsuit.

    Robert Cook, who owns the Jeffco GOP's website and was hired to do computer work for the party, is one of four defendants in a civil lawsuit brought by longtime county critic Mike Zinna.

  • Young guns help Chatfield pin down Columbine

    It didn’t matter that Erik Gaytan and Clay Davenport were new to the Chatfield varsity rivalry with Columbine, neither needed an extra reason to win.

    Gaytan, a freshman, and Davenport, a sophomore who moved in from South Carolina, notched pins in the last two matches Jan. 22 to ensure Chatfield’s 45-33 victory over the host Rebels.

    “You know you have to win, it’s Columbine. … I know everybody there,” Gaytan said. “You got to beat them.”

  • Chatfield girls remain perfect in Jeffco

    When the 2008-09 girls basketball season, Chatfield looked like a team uncomfortable in its own skin.

    Dropping six of its first seven games, Chatfield had a bumpy start transitioning to new coach Mike Deutsch’s up-tempo scheme.

    After a bit of work, the road is much smoother now for the Chargers.

    And, while the Dakota Ridge team the Chargers faced Jan. 23 isn’t as powerful as ones of the recent past, the team’s 48-43 win over the rival Eagles was significant for a number of reasons.

  • Kerr, Kopp propose legislation on Littleton sewer rates

    Jeffco lawmakers are proposing legislation that would force the city of Littleton to set sewer treatment rates paid by tens of thousands of South Jeffco homeowners based on actual usage costs.

    Littleton says its rates are fair and necessary, but a group of water and sanitation districts that rely on the Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant for sewer service say they don't have a voice in how rates are set.