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Today's News

  • Romney wins Jeffco as GOP voters caucus

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won a Jeffco presidential straw poll running away at GOP caucuses Feb. 5, according to unofficial results provided to the Courier by the Jeffco GOP.

    The non-binding straw poll conducted across 365 Jeffco precincts during the Feb. 5 caucuses showed that Romney pulled in 4,999 votes, compared to 1,419 for Arizona Sen. John McCain. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee received 727 votes, with Texas Congressman Ron Paul pulling in 553, as of 10:30 p.m.

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Dakota Ridge slips past Arvada West

    ARVADA – There wasn’t a lot of things Dakota Ridge's girls basketball team did right Feb. 5 against Arvada West.

    The Eagles didn’t have much intensity from the start; they shot 6-for-15 from the free-throw line, got in foul trouble and turned the ball over 20 times – seven times in the fourth quarter.

  • Super Tuesday pretty average at Southwest Plaza

    Based on the recent attention paid by cable news outlets, one might believe Tuesday, Feb. 5, was to politics what the Super Bowl is to football or the Academy Awards to filmmaking.

    But an afternoon stroll through Southwest Plaza — where a diverse cross-section of the South Jeffco population can be found on any given day — reveals that many people are aware of Super Tuesday and its implications, but either don't see its significance or simply don't understand it.

  • South Jeffco Democrats welcome Super Tuesday

    No sooner had the Dakota Ridge High School cheerleading squad finished practicing in the cafeteria Feb. 5 than the room began to fill with South Jefferson County Democrats eager to participate in deciding their party’s next presidential candidate.

    “I know this is the first time we’ve had that many Democrats in a room in southwest Jeffco since I don’t know when,” said Nancy Parker, who organized the caucus for the Jefferson County Democrats.

  • Bill calls for re-testing of voting machines

    A bill that may go a long way in resolving Jeffco's voting machine conundrum passed the state Senate on Feb. 4, and it may render a county appeal of the secretary of state’s decertification of voting machines moot.

    "If that bill passes, I'm not sure what the secretary of state would do with pending appeals," said Josh Liss, Jeffco's deputy of elections. The bill would allow the secretary of state to recertify voting machines that were decertified late last year after abbreviated retesting and more input from counties and manufacturers.

  • County working on plan to accommodate new judges

    Jeffco is in the process of hiring a consulting firm to determine how to accommodate two new judges by July 1, and it may require a reworking of space in the government center.

    "One thing we're telling the architectural construction firms to do is look at all the space, and we're literally telling them that nothing is sacred," said County Administrator Jim Moore. "If it makes sense to convert the whole building into a courthouse, and move administrative (functions) somewhere else, we may entertain that."

  • Dakota Ridge scratches out a win over Columbine

    Aside from having a stylish mullet, hockey commentator and former NHL coach Barry Melrose has some sage advice.

    One of his favorites: Throw the puck on net and good things will happen.

  • Jeffco schools pull beef from lunch menus

    Jeffco Public Schools is one of several districts in Colorado that has pulled beef from its lunch menus this week in response to an undercover Humane Society investigation that showed improper practices in a slaughterhouse.

    Commodity beef — loose meat made into hamburger or otherwise processed — from Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. is the culprit for the lunchtime adjustment. Humane Society insider video showed one of Westland’s slaughterhouses processing “downer cows,” or cows that were abused or too sick to stand.

  • Chatfield Poms prepare future generation of dancers

    The squeals of delight could be heard down the hallways Feb. 1 at Chatfield Senior High School.

    No, it wasn’t because the Chargers girls basketball team was winning but rather because the future Poms girls in the stands were excited for their upcoming performance at halftime.

  • Croutons with your roughage?

    Croutons with your roughage?