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Today's News

  • 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.

  • South Jeffco man arrested in shooting of woman

    A South Jeffco man was arrested early Sunday after a woman was shot during a fight, according to the Jeffco sheriff.

    Erik Shawn Leo Tafoya, 26, reportedly got into an argument with an unidentified adult woman and shot her in the shoulder, a statement from the sheriff's office alleges.

    Deputies responded in the 7700 block of West Glasgow Place about 12:40 a.m. Jan. 26 after receiving a call about a disturbance. When the deputies arrived, they spoke with witnesses who said the victim and Tafoya had left the scene.

  • The Rock gets 60-day delay to modify expansion plan

    A decision on a rezoning request for The Rock of Southwest Baptist Church — a process that began in late 2006 — will have to wait even longer.

    The Jefferson County Planning Commission gave the church an opportunity to adjust its official development plan to account for community concerns by granting a 60-day continuance Jan. 23. The Rock will return March 26 with a submittal that addresses sight corridors, the building envelope and other issues that may stand in the way of its proposed expansion.

  • Wheels fall off Rebels

    The way Columbine acted in the third period against Mullen on Jan. 23, one might have thought Dee Snider delivered the pep talk.

    Down by two goals, getting pushed around and playing reactionary hockey, the Rebels skated out at The Edge Ice Arena as if to say, “We’re not going to take it.”

  • Foothills district undergoing re-branding effort

    Suddenly the entrance signs at Clement Park are purple and teal, and The Edge Ice Arena’s east wall has been adorned with 30-inch lettering.

    The signage is all part of a re-branding effort at some of Foothills Park and Recreation District’s more notable parks and facilities. It’s a project designed to increase the district’s visibility and help the public find their way to district facilities.