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Today's News

  • County commissioners OK controversial TV tower on Mount Morrison

    Foothills residents put up a spirited defense, but after a three-hour-long hearing, Jefferson County Commissioners gave public television stations the OK to build a 135-foot, high-definition TV antenna array on top of Mount Morrison above Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

    Commissioners Kevin McCasky, Kathy Hartman and Jim Congrove voted to approve the tower construction proposal, which dates back to 2003. The proposal was back before the commissioners after an appeals court said the previous panel of commissioners had made several mistakes in the approval process.

  • Are the U.S. elections rigged?

    Hannah Hayes

    There’s a longstanding trend to expand voting rights as demonstrated by these amendments — the 15th bans race-based voting qualifications, the 19th extends suffrage to women, and the 26th enfranchises 18-year-olds. Choosing our leaders is fundamental. An election decided by the Supreme Court is contrary to U.S. standards. The image of a team of hired protesters banging on Florida’s election room door to stop a hand count still bristles.

  • 'Cigarette Bandit' pleads guilty

    A second participant in a theft ring dubbed by law enforcement as the “Cigarette Bandits” appeared April 1 in court and pled guilty. Eugenia Isabel Duran, 24, pled guilty to theft, a class three felony, and was sentenced to five years probation. Duran was ordered to pay $47,589 in restitution.

  • The Rock wins round in bid to build gym

    The Jefferson County Planning Commission unanimously endorsed The Rock of Southwest Baptist Church’s rezoning request to build a 16,000-square-foot gymnasium on church grounds on West Alamo Place west of Kipling Parkway.

  • UFC back where it all started

    If you’re a regular reader of this section, then you’ve come to (hopefully) grasp my appreciation and admiration for mixed martial arts.

  • Dakota Ridge trio enjoy final game

    THORNTON — Jennelle Branting had the somewhat dubious distinction March 30 of being one of only two all-stars without a point at halftime of the annual Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports games.

    “I knew I had to pick it up. I wasn’t doing so good,” Branting said.

  • Welcome to The Show

    DENVER — For all of her individual accomplishments - of which there are many - Brooke Pendergraft says her biggest, and proudest, achievements are team-oriented.

    Not a surprising answer considering the family atmosphere that surrounds the Dakota Ridge girls basketball team.

  • Sheriff's Calls: Could they be meteorites?

    SOUTH JEFFCO — Welcome to a strange new world, where up is down, left is right, and pranks meant to damage merely confuse. In today’s episode, we join a South Jeffco man who called deputies to his home to report that he had found several rocks on his back deck that afternoon, which was the first time he had seen them there since a week prior. There was no visible damage to the house, the deck or any items on the deck, just the curious rocks.

  • County administrator meets with employees

    A glimpse into the thoughts and fears of Jeffco employees was offered last week as County Administrator Jim Moore began a series of town hall meetings with employees in the Jeffco Laramie Building.

    “I heard that we don’t have enough contact unless there’s a budget crisis,” Moore said to the couple dozen employees gathered in a human resources training room the afternoon of March 26.

  • Approval process for amphitheater improvements remains controversial

    Confusion remains over whether noise-mitigation improvements to the amphitheater at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield will go through a county review, a path local homeowners would like to see but one Gardens leadership isn’t so sure of.

    “We’re just concerned that they go through the (county) process,” said Dave Evans, a homeowner in Chatfield Bluffs who has been following the issue and talking with people at Jeffco Planning and Zoning and the Botanic Gardens. “Who owns the land and how they go through it doesn’t concern us.”