Today's News

  • A community coming together

      Kids commandeered a massive, inflatable pirate ship, jumping and screaming, as the telltale scent of fresh kettle corn floated through the crisp fall air. Taking a break from humdrum Saturday errands, parents brought their families out Oct.

  • Cultivating the grassroots


    U.S. Senate hopeful and Highlands Ranch resident Charley Miller is mounting an improbable challenge to the reigning two-party system, and despite a lack of name recognition, he refuses to accept the long odds his campaign faces.

    Miller, an unaffiliated candidate whose catch-phrase is “Stop the insanity,” wants to make local voters aware of options outside the Republican and Democratic parties, both of which he draws from in his hybrid political views.

  • Jeffco lauds judge's decision to dismiss county from Zinna case


    Jeffco officials last week praised several long-awaited rulings in the First Amendment lawsuit brought against the county by former radio host Mike Zinna, including a Sept. 24 decision upholding the county’s dismissal from the case.

    U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch awarded Zinna $8,000 in attorney fees and about $9,000 in court costs, a paltry sum compared to the half million dollars Zinna said he has spent on the suit.

  • A team effort


    Chatfield High seniors Dean Wright and Nik Treece have an appreciation for how precious life can be — both watched their moms live through the shock of a cancer diagnosis and the grueling treatments that followed.

    On Sunday morning, Treece, Wright and Wright’s mother, Colleen — along with the boys’ friends and teammates from Chatfield — were among 60,000 participants in the 18th annual Komen Denver Race for the Cure.

  • Foothills updates policy for prairie dog control


    The Foothills Park & Recreation District moved last week to update its guidelines for exterminating prairie dogs, minimally altering the document to reflect its current practices.

  • The heart of a survivor


    Jackson was only a few weeks old when his guardian, Connie Rivera, noticed something peculiar about him.

    Just like other bulldog puppies, he would snort, chew and run amok — but Jackson would curiously flop over, winded, after only a few rambunctious minutes.

  • Hartman, Rosier address county budget in debate


    County Commissioner Kathy Hartman squared off against her election opponent, Republican Don Rosier, at a Plan Jeffco forum Sept. 21 in a civil albeit technologically impeded election debate.

    Rosier, who was unable to attend the forum in person, appeared on a large projection screen behind Hartman in the county’s Open Space meeting room, frequently cutting out as the Internet connection slowed.

  • Unlikely source lifts Chargers to victory

    LAKEWOOD — Typically, one will find Collin Shampine playing defense for the Chatfield Chargers. But for multiple reasons — disciplinary, injuries and so forth — Chatfield head coach Brock Blume had to move the lanky junior up into the offensive set.

  • Dakota Ridge boys take second, Rebels' Kincaid first at Dave Sanders meet

    The following are results from the Dave Sanders Invitational high school cross country meet on Oct. 1 at Clement Park:


  • Jeffco schools land $33 million grant to boost teacher pay


    Jeffco Public Schools has won a $32.8 million federal grant to pilot a potentially lucrative performance-based compensation system for teachers at 20 low-income elementary and middle schools, the district announced last week.

    Though none of the selected schools are in South Jeffco, three schools, including Lakewood’s O’Connell Middle School, have already been chosen. Requirements for the grant specified that at least 50 percent of students in each school be eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches.