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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Falcons fly to first-ever state title

    In the beginning, the smile didn’t come easy.

    Abbie Daurio is by no means an evil girl; quite the contrary, she’s very polite and nice when you talk to her.

    But, when she decided to take up cheerleading three years ago, it was the smile that always seemed to trip her up.

    “I was focusing so much on getting the routines down that I would always have a hard time with it,” Daurio said.

    The smile comes much easier now for Daurio, and, most likely, for the rest of the Front Range Christian School cheer team.

  • Jersey guy is brought down

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A would-be thief tried to score a Brandon Marshall jersey at the Sports Authority on West Bowles Avenue on Dec. 9, but a security guard flagged him down and sent him to the sidelines.

    The light-fingered Broncos fan allegedly used a handy tool to liberate the theft-prevention device from the jersey before stuffing the prized sweater down the front of his pants. He then headed for the goal line. A security guard tackled the thief outside, and he ultimately was flagged for theft and criminal mischief.

  • South Jeffco Chase Bank robbed

    The Chase Bank branch on West Bowles Avenue east of C-470 was robbed Dec. 1. The branch, at 13184 W. Ida Ave., confirmed the robbery to the Courier Dec. 2 but wouldn't release any details.

    "We will work with local and federal law enforcement to apprehend any suspects," said Mary Jane Rogers, the regional spokeswoman for Chase Bank.

  • Hit-run driver strikes 13-year-old near Wadsworth and Chatfield

    A 13-year-old girl was struck by a hit-and-run driver about 6:40 a.m. Dec. 12 near the intersection of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Chatfield Avenue.

    Taylor Hunt was walking north while crossing a frontage road on her way to a nearby bus stop when she was hit from behind, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The car that struck her did not stop.

    Taylor was taken to Littleton Hospital in an ambulance. She was released that afternoon.

  • Rebels fall to Falcons

    The effort is most certainly there.

  • South Jeffco legislators hope committee assignments pay dividends for residents

    South Jeffco’s three Republican legislators say their committee assignments will bring benefits to residents of the area, despite the decidedly Democratic leaning at the statehouse.

    Sen. Mike Kopp

    State Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, will serve on four committees in 2009. He'll sit on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Legislative Council. He'll also sit on the Senate's education and transportation committees, which he said might have a more direct impact on South Jeffco residents.