Today's News

  • Proposed fee at Chatfield dog park opposed

    More than 20 years of operation and thousands of paws have slowly beaten away at the vegetation and soil at the Chatfield dog park, and officials are taking one last round of public input before putting a new plan for the area before the board of directors for state parks.

    But a proposal to reduce the size of the off-leash area and to charge dog owners for its use is running into opposition.

  • One more win caps Vermeer’s career

    GREELEY — Athletes who played in the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games were some of the best representatives of their sport and Chatfield High School senior Landon Vermeer was no exception.

  • Cops put the finger on resident for expressing himself

    A South Jeffco resident delivered an unfriendly gesture to his neighbor May 19, only to be greeted in return with a ticket from the Sheriff’s Office.

    Joseph Vanderzwart, 24, was riding his motorcycle near another resident’s condo balcony and displayed his disdain for her by prominently presenting his middle finger. It was the latest in a series of confrontations the two have had, he said, following an incident in which the neighbor voiced her disapproval of his dog walking around off-leash.

  • County considers regulations on pot dispensaries

    Jefferson County is considering regulations governing medical-marijuana dispensaries, including a possible ban in unincorporated areas of the county.

    The county commissioners, the county attorney, the sheriff and planning and zoning staff held a closed-door meeting to discuss House Bill 1284, the wide-ranging dispensary legislation awaiting Gov. Bill Ritter’s signature.

  • Pinnacol’s excesses an outrage

    When legislative budget staffers were looking into ways to balance the state’s budget during the 2009 session, they happened onto the fact that Pinnacol Assurance, the quasi-public agency that serves as the insurer of last resort for workers’ compensation, had reserves in excess of half a billion dollars more than appeared to be necessary. When legislative leaders suggested taking some of the money to address budget issues, the reaction from Pinnacol, business interests and Pinnacol customers was swift. They said the state should keep its hands off.

  • Rebels run out of gas at tourney

     PARKER — School is out but that doesn’t mean the Columbine Rebels baseball team is taking the summer off.

    The Rebels’ summer squad spent the weekend playing in the Double Angel Summer Slugfest from June 3-6, going 1-3-1 over three days and losing in the first round of the consolation bracket.

  • Valerio makes his pitch for Dakota Ridge rotation in shutout


    HIGHLANDS RANCH — A.J. Valerio wasn’t scheduled to be in this position, but Dakota Ridge didn’t have much of a choice.

  • Lorentz, Robinson top inaugural Chatfield class

    John Norris volunteered to help put together the Chatfield Football Invitational, the seventh annual golf tournament benefiting the school’s football program. But, unlike in years past, Norris ran into a stumbling block this go-around, namely the difficult economic times.

  • County’s new animal shelter nears completion

    The finishing touches are being completed on the new Foothills Animal Shelter, and the current facility could be packing its bags — and kennels — for a move in late July. One of the most prominent changes includes a relocation of the veterinary clinic from a parking lot to a permanent building.

  • Graduation time

    Thousands of South Jeffco high school seniors will bid farewell to their academic institutions in the coming weeks, receiving diplomas and sending graduation caps high into the air.

    The five area high schools will host graduation ceremonies as follows:

      Chatfield High School May 21 at 9 a.m. Red Rocks Amphitheater

    Gates open at 7 a.m., and a shuttle providing handicap transportation from the parking lots begins at 7:30 a.m. Parking information is available at www.redrocksonline.com