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Today's News

  • Food bank forced to buy food, Action Center sees demand soar, donations decline

    Kenny Kozlowski, 37, was getting by like any average working person. He was employed by a plumbing company, earning between $500 and $600 per week, and making ends meet.

    Kozlowski did construction-related work for more than 20 years but was severely injured in a motocross accident two years ago, forcing him to take a break from heavy construction. And then, when the plumbing company laid him off, he was out of luck.

  • Manor House in foreclosure

    The Manor House, the historic center of Ken-Caryl, is in foreclosure, according to information provided by the Jefferson County public trustee.

    Property owner T&T LLC, a rent-to-own business created in part by Michael Shinn, owes $1,234,081.11 on a $1.8 million loan it secured from Horizon Banks in March 2006. Shinn acquired the Manor House nearly two years ago with the initial intent to turn it into a headquarters for T&T LLC, which his sons now operate. However, the Manor House was ultimately restored to a high-end restaurant and event center, reopening in October 2006.

  • Courier's parent company could be sold

    The family that owns Landmark Communications, parent company of the Columbine Courier, is exploring a sale of company businesses, including its weekly newspaper division and the Weather Channel.

    Frank Batten Jr., Landmark's chairman and chief executive, said in a statement last week that the privately held company had retained JPMorgan and Lehman Brothers to help it look into possible sale scenarios.

  • Congrove cleared in CBI investigation; 'murky' behavior troubles prosecutor

    A special prosecutor investigating allegations that Jeffco Commissioner Jim Congrove inappropriately authorized the use of county money to hire a friend to investigate a county critic and employee will not file charges in the case.

    But a couple of issues related to Congrove’s behavior remain “murky” and “clearly troubling,” according to the prosecutor’s statement, however.

    Congrove did not return a call seeking comment on the report.

  • Scientific visions: Local artist looks to the stars for inspiration

    Though stargazing is often associated with daydreaming, looking to the skies has become a very useful practice for local artist Michael Carroll.

    A writer, painter and digital artist, Carroll finds joy in the cosmos, a place where, for him, creativity and science collide. His most recent project, a book called “Space Art: How to Draw and Paint Planets, Moons, and Landscapes of Alien Worlds,” is a means of sharing his passion. In it is insight into drawing sparse, unfamiliar environments, and there’s even a little science mixed in as well.

  • Sledders make tracks to an old haunt: New Parking area at Sledding Hill Park fills quickly

    While last week’s storms may have been a burden for those traveling the area’s slick roads, the blanket of snow was a welcome sight to sledding enthusiasts.

    Sledding Hill Park was busy in the days following Christmas, thanks to two winter storms that brought more than 8 inches of new snow to the area. For many, the visit was their first chance to make tracks this season.

    Another first, at least for those who visited the park at South Kipling Street and West Ken Caryl Avenue, was the chance to use a new parking lot that was installed last spring.

  • Roxborough water district believes it has solved smelly problem

    The Roxborough Water and Sanitation District believes it has solved an odiferous issue that plagued Columbine Hills residents after the completion of a new wastewater line.

    That smell emanated from the district’s recently completed 14-mile pipeline, which is part of a wastewater regionalization project. But for those who live near — or simply drove by — Roxborough’s transfer station near C-470 and South Platte Canyon Road, that strong odor was too much to take throughout November.

  • E-mail, phone scam uses Jeffco Credit Union logo

    Jeffco Credit Union of Lakewood on Friday temporarily halted online bank transactions after being deluged since Thursday with reports of phony e-mails and phone calls trying to get customers to disclose their credit card numbers. The scam is known as “phishing.”

    The credit union has disabled transferrals and withdrawals in an effort to prevent customers’ losses, 9News said Friday night. Account viewing is still allowed. Many people who are not members of the credit union are receiving the e-mails and phone calls.

  • Do the dinosaurs still have a mission?

    I was a teenage dinosaur.

    Actually, I was in my early 20s when an old-school managing editor by the name of Gale Baldwin told me I’d just become the editor of a weekly section that would target readers in the 6-to-11 age bracket.

  • Foothills approves 2008 budget

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District’s board of directors adopted its 2008 budget Dec. 12, providing spending guidelines that the district hopes will prevent it from making any service reductions as it seeks a mill-levy increase in May.

    The 2008 budget numbers are below those of 2007, with revenue projected at $22,805,018; while this year saw revenue of $24,138,018. Expenditures for 2008 are set at $23,946,404, down $687,329 from 2007’s revised budget number of $24,946,404.