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Today's News

  • Storey seeks 9 percent raise in 2009

    Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey is asking for $162,000 in salary in 2009, a pay raise of more than 9 percent.

    Most county workers have been getting raises in the 3 percent range.

    Storey, who was re-elected in November, earned $148,256 in 2008, the second highest for a DA in a five-county comparison that Storey provided the Jefferson County commissioners on Dec. 9. According to Storey, the other four counties' district attorneys are each asking for an average salary increase of 12.7 percent.

  • Chatfield High grad returns home to open medical practice

    Mark Foster didn't realize how good he had it.

    "Growing up here, maybe I didn't appreciate how great a place this is," Foster said, sitting in the living room of his Ken-Caryl Ranch home.

    Foster has lived all over the world since graduating from Chatfield High School in 1992, but he returned home two months ago to start a family medical practice in South Jeffco. Foster and Dr. Lisa Walker, who had been practicing in Aurora, will open the practice Jan. 7. It is affiliated with Littleton Adventist Hospital.

  • Fortunate bounce carries Eagles past Rebels

    Sometimes, the best goal in a hockey game is not always the one that is remembered.

  • Conifer upsets Widefield

    The Conifer boys just might be on to something.

    A season after graduating an iconic group of talent, the "new" Lobos are on their way to establishing their own identity. Just keep that program handy as you learn their names.

    Behind the steady dribble penetration of sophomore guard Gus Womeldorph, the rebounding of Stephen Theiss and C.J. Danks, the hustle of Kalvin Winter and the all around play of the Tadlock brothers, the Lobos rolled Widefield 57-53 in a Class 4A nonleague game Dec. 19.

  • ‘Jersey Boys’ a trip down Memory Turnpike

    “She-eh-eh-eh-ry, bay-ay-by, Sherry, Baby.” The ear-piercing, spine-tingling falsetto of Frankie Valli fills The Buell Theatre, and you’d swear you’re not in Denver anymore. The Tony Award-winning “Jersey Boys” opened on Dec. 11, and it’s transporting audiences not only back in time, but to a completely different world.

  • Rebels take third at invite

    Depending on whom you ask, the enthusiasm among Columbine’s wrestling team members can waiver.

    The team did take third place in its own Columbine Invitational, which they hosted on Dec. 13. But, some of the wrestlers’ youth does show through when they are questioned individually.

  • New auto-repair shop strives to be friendly to customers, employees and the environment

    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.”

  • Night lights: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield shines with the Christmas spirit

    As the Hogback was silhouetted by the encroaching dusk on Dec. 2, the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield joined the eternal battle between darkness and light by illuminating more than 1 million Christmas bulbs.

    Those greens, blues, reds and whites are part of the Gardens' first-ever Trail of Lights, which nightly transforms the trees and riverbanks into a holiday wonderland. The Trail of Lights opened to the public Dec. 3 and will run through Jan. 4. People can visit between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. daily, and more than 4,500 turned out for the member-only night Dec. 2.

  • Sheriff working with bars, liquor stores on enforcement

    Earlier this year, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office conducted sting operations at 51 liquor stores and bars. Cadets under age 21 with either fake IDs or no IDs were able to buy liquor at 28 of the 51 establishments. That 55-percent failure rate was not acceptable to Capt. Daniel Gard and other sheriff's office staff.

  • Effort is there; points still missing

    The effort is most certainly there.

    In the absence of 6-foot-8 senior center Connor Osborne, Columbine’s boys basketball team has compensated for the loss of their stud player by playing ultra-aggressive defense, hustling to loose balls and running an efficient offense.

    Only one element is missing – and it’s a big one.