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Today's News

  • DNA leads police to suspect in '76 slaying of Columbine High student

    DNA samples from convicted felons have led police to a suspect in the 1976 slaying of 16-year-old Columbine High School student Holly Marie Andrews in Clear Creek County. 

    Investigators with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office arrested a suspect Feb. 1 in connection with the 1976 slaying of Andrews. Andrews was found dead by two hikers on Dec. 27, 1976, near Bakerville. She was raped and had been stabbed six times in the back and slashed across the chest.

  • Mail-theft suspects linked to Jeffco burglaries

    Two Bailey residents accused of stealing hundreds of pieces of mail from residential mailboxes in Evergreen, Morrison, Conifer and Pine have been linked to "several" Jeffco burglaries, according to a statement from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office.

    Michael Pantera, 27, and Sophie Shafer, 18, were arrested on suspicion of felony theft Dec. 22 in the 27000 block of Richmond Hill Road with more than 375 pieces of stolen mail, gift cards, cash, and a batch of homemade cookies that had been sent through the mail.

  • Fat City's new owner brings Bigg ideas

    Entrepreneur Steve Bigari has had enough “Bigg” success in Colorado Springs that he has chosen to expand to South Jeffco.

    And in the next couple months, some significant changes are coming to Bigari’s new property: Fat City. Bigari’s purchase of the 140,000-square-foot entertainment center becomes official Feb. 8, at which point it will begin a transformation into Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center.

    “I love this town, I love this state, and I look forward to becoming a part of this community,” Bigari said.

  • Controversies detract from business at hand

    The first three weeks of the 2008 legislative session have been anything but dull. Of course, the vast majority of press coverage has focused on newly minted state Rep. Doug Bruce, R-Colorado Springs, author of the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TABOR amendment).

  • Public hearing set on proposal for independent library district

    A public hearing on whether the Jefferson County Public Library System should form its own district has been scheduled after more than a year of planning.

    The hearing — scheduled for 5:30 p.m. March 11 in Hearing Room 1 at the Jeffco government center — will be an opportunity for county residents to tell the commissioners how they feel about the library becoming its own district. The commissioners could vote on the proposal that night.

  • Penguin power entrances kids

    Pasqual the Penguin is an unlikely hero. The young animal doesn’t quite fit in at the zoo, but he makes a difference in Rhonda Spellman’s children’s book “Fire and Ice,” teaching kids important lessons about fire safety along the way.

    The story is written to appeal to a broad audience of young children, but it was created especially for those who don’t learn via traditional means.

    “Teaching children who learn differently is really my mission,” said Spellman, a resident of Parker.

  • Caucuses convene Feb. 5; Precinct meetings on Super Tuesday pick delegates, discuss platforms

    Feb. 3 may be Super Bowl Sunday, but two days later Super Tuesday will have a far more meaningful impact on the country’s future, and could go a long way in deciding the next president.

    Colorado is one of 25 states where people affiliated with the Democratic or Republican parties will come together to decide which candidate the delegates will support at conventions this summer.

  • Chargers push Regis to the limit

    The Chatfield Chargers proved Jan. 26 that defining moments don’t come by chance.

    The fact that the Chargers scored twice in the third period to send their Class 5A Foothills League contest against Regis into overtime might have caught most hockey minds by surprise.

  • Eagles dismantle Rams thanks to total team effort

    LAKEWOOD – One would think a 42-game win streak in league play would be all the motivation the Dakota Ridge girls basketball team would need when they step on the court.

    Yet, entering Jan. 25’s game at Green Mountain, the Eagles said they knew they had to play with a sense of urgency against the Rams.

  • Foothills possible tax hike could affect May balloting

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District will hold an election May 6 — that much is certain. Whether it will be a mail ballot or a polling-place election is yet to be decided.

    Three seats are open on the district’s board of directors. A polling-place election will suffice should Foothills’ leadership decide that those positions will be the only things on the ballot. But the pending decision on whether to put a mill-levy increase on the ballot could change that.