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Today's News

  • Driver in fatal head-on collision believed to have been drunk

    A man was drunk when his vehicle crossed into the opposite direction of travel Saturday morning and struck another car head-on, killing the woman inside, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    Martin Lewis, 63, of Lakewood sustained minor injuries in the accident, but Malissa Coenen, 43, of Englewood was pronounced dead at the scene. Lewis was traveling north on Wadsworth and drove into the southbound left turn lane of Wadsworth at Jefferson Avenue, according to the State Patrol, slamming head-on into Coenen's 1995 Chevy Lumina.

  • Bane officially kicks off campaign to unseat McCasky

    Mom and Dad came in with a box full of food. The woman who owned the home scrambled around, preparing for an unknown number of guests, putting out soda and wine, beer and water.

    If you had stumbled into Leona Lawrence’s Golden home on Feb. 12, you would have thought that a family and a few friends were preparing for a birthday party or some other celebration.

    It was a celebration, indeed, and it was a birthday of sorts, as Jason Bane’s campaign to unseat District 2 Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky was officially born.

  • Presidential race may affect house: Republicans root for Hillary

    This year’s presidential race is shaping up to be the most interesting and unpredictable in decades. Six months ago, conventional wisdom held that John McCain was finished and Hillary Clinton was heading for a coronation in Denver. So much for conventional wisdom.

    State legislators, like most Americans, are also watching the presidential race — but their interest also happens to be personal. Whom the parties nominate will have significant down-ticket effects, meaning that close state legislative races may turn on national trends.

  • Paschall found not guilty of soliciting kickback

    More than a year after being indicted in an alleged kickback scheme when investigators produced a recording that seemed to suggest guilt, former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall was found not guilty of one of the felony counts he was facing.

    The second count — compensation for past official behavior — left the jury deadlocked, and lawyers will come together at 8 a.m. Feb. 28 to determine if that charge will be retried or dismissed.

  • School district weighs putting tax hike on November ballot

    Jeffco Public Schools is in early discussions regarding a possible bond issue and tax increase on the November ballot.

    Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said the district has begun talking about the idea of a bond and mill levy with its staff and the public. The decision ultimately lies with the school board, which has until August or September to move forward.

    “I would say there’s a likelihood we will, but the decision has to be formalized by the Board of Education,” Stevenson said.

  • Caucuses ignited county's political passions

    It’s a little too early in this election year to declare democracy the big winner in 2008, but early returns are certainly encouraging.

    The stunning turnout by Democrats at Jeffco’s party caucuses Feb. 5 — 10 times the turnout during the last presidential campaign in 2004 — is an indication that long-apathetic voters are beginning to dip their toes in the puddles of populism that have somehow survived the last eight years.

    And in many precincts, the puddles overflowed.

  • Paschall trial in the hands of jurors

    On Wednesday, the political appointee at the center of accusations that former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall solicited a kickback testified that she was the one being set up, not him.

    Testifying at the second day of Paschall’s trial on theft charges in Jefferson County court, Redmond said Paschall, her boss, offered her an $18,000 bonus in December 2006 on the condition that she give him a half.

    "I was the one being set up," said Kathy Redmond. "I was trying to find a way out."

  • Entree Vous: Make-and-take concept aims to unite families, aid community

    Elaine Bernarding simply wanted to bring the entire family back to the dinner table when she opened Entre Vous about six months ago.

    Now she says her “grab-and-go” concept is becoming part of the community. Located at the Coal Mine Shopping Center at the southeast corner of West Coal Mine Avenue and South Pierce Street, Entre Vous is an iteration of the take-and-bake dinner model that has gained popularity recently in the metro area.

  • Paschall claims 'payback' as his trial begins

    Former Jeffco Treasurer Mark Paschall — on trial on two felony counts related to an alleged kickback scheme — will argue that Commissioner Jim Congrove set him up in a case of political “payback,” according to opening statements in Paschall’s trial.

    “This case is not about a kickback,” said David Lane, Paschall’s attorney. “It’s about a payback.”

  • Neighborhood works to foster sense of pride

    A trip through the Columbine West neighborhood on a Sunday afternoon finds families playing at the Dutch Creek Elementary playground, couples walking their dogs and neighbors enjoying a quiet day.

    Nestled north of West Coal Mine Avenue and east of South Wadsworth Boulevard, Columbine West is a mature neighborhood where many residents have stayed after raising their families. And the sense of community is genuine, as those involved with the neighborhood’s civic association work to keep a close-knit feeling.