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Today's News

  • Our Readers Write

    The Russians are coming

    Editor:

    I wonder if anyone “in charge” in Jeffco has realized that we’ve been invaded by Russians?

    I’m not speaking of people, of course, but of trees — Russian olive trees, to be exact.

    You can get a pretty good look at them driving down Coal Mine, in the valley basin between Pierce and Wadsworth. They’re the trees with leaves that look dusty-green, or gray-green, lighter than the leaves of other trees. They are frequently thorny, and sport little yellow flowers in the spring.

  • Rox aims for recipe to succeed where others failed

    Sitting at Ken Caryl Avenue and C-470 is a building that is not new. It has hosted various restaurants, bars and even a liquor store in its time, but it has been standing empty for nearly two years.

    Not anymore.

    Rox Bar & Grill is set to open in the space July 21, and owner Jeff Mintz and general manager Michael Rios think their new establishment can succeed where others have failed because they’re from the community and know what it needs.

  • Time travelers make a trip to commissioners' offices

    It was late in the workday July 2, and Pam Penton was getting ready to leave her job at the information desk just inside the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building.

    And then things turned weird.

    A man outfitted from head to toe in Revolutionary War regalia, accompanied by two children in similar garb, asked where he could find the commissioners’ offices. The man also was carrying an American flag on a 5-foot pole.

  • Endless summer construction: Two major projects causing headaches in South Jeffco

    South Jeffco commuters are no strangers to road construction, as several major projects have snarled traffic in recent weeks.

    A project designed to make the intersection of Ken Caryl Avenue and Continental Divide Road safer meant closing Ken Caryl between Kipling and Simms for a time. It has reopened, but the next few weeks will bring lane closures in alternating directions.

    The westbound lanes of Ken Caryl from Kipling to Simms were to be closed for three weeks starting July 7.

  • Deutsch new girls b-ball coach at Chatfield

    Like any coach, Mike Deutsch knows winning is important.

    Through wisdom and experience, however, Deutsch realizes just how important it is to teach his players how to win.

    “Sometimes you get so caught up that you don’t always do things the right way,” Deutsch said.

  • Dakota boys hope to return to winning ways on the court

    At Dakota Ridge High School, basketball is ruled by the girls.

    Coach Traci Nemechek has transformed the Eagles into perennial state title contenders, in addition to dominating Class 5A Jefferson County.

    What about the boys?

    Well, there was a time that the Dakota Ridge boys basketball team was one of the state’s best. Recently, though, the Eagles have fallen on hard times.

  • Getting in the spirit: Sunday liquor sales come to Colorado

    Teresa Teaff walked down the aisle Sunday at Tipsy’s Liquor World browsing bottles of wine from the southern region of France. Sunday spirit shopping was a welcome experience for the Tennessee resident, who was in town on business. Buying liquor on a Sunday was also a welcome experience for many Coloradans.

    July 6 was the first Sunday that Colorado liquor stores have been open since before Prohibition. Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill in April repealing the state’s blue law, joining 34 other states with Sunday liquor sales.

  • Area theater troupes team up for fund-raiser

    The Main Street Players, Littleton’s longest-running community theater group, and the Ovation Players are looking for a bit of support in exchange for dinner and a show July 12.

    The troupes will be hosting a fund-raising gala July 12 at Columbine Country Club. Tickets cost $45 and include dinner and a scene from “Eleemosynary” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The groups will also perform 11 numbers from other musicals staged during the 25-year history of the Main Street Players.

  • Mailing it in: Election officials pushing postal option

    Jeffco election officials are continuing to suggest that registered voters sign up to be permanent mail voters and join the 58 percent of registered county residents — 152,038 as of June 30 — who have chosen that option.

    Becoming a mail voter will help ease the Election Day burden at the polls and ensure that residents don’t feel rushed to vote, said Pam Anderson, Jeffco’s clerk and recorder. She added that many voters also have a hard time making it to their polling places on Election Day.

  • School board member pleads guilty to assault

    Jeffco school board member and state House candidate Vince Chowdhury pleaded guilty July 8 to a third-degree assault charge stemming from accusations that he slapped and choked his 16-year-old daughter.

    A harassment charge and a charge for violating a protective order were dismissed during the proceeding in Jefferson County Court. Chowdhury, 48, was given a supervised, one-year deferred sentence and ordered to complete anger management and parenting classes. If he completes the classes and stays out of trouble, the case will be dismissed in one year.