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Today's News

  • Eagles retire Caliga's jersey, pound Pomona for encore

    Dakota Ridge challenges students with the same goals — to live, to love, to learn and to leave a legacy.

    For former Dakota Ridge student-athlete Rachel Caliga, now assistant women’s basketball coach and newly-appointed women’s golf coach, all those goals have been met or surpassed.

  • Columbine's rally comes up short

    LAKEWOOD – When Lakewood’s Erica Hicks hit a pair of free throws with 1 minute, 29 seconds remaining, Columbine’s girls basketball team appeared done.

    Not quite.

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Tigers tame Chargers

    Kelley Pickens found a certain satisfaction at the sight of Lakewood’s starting five lined up along the scorer’s table with 21 seconds remaining.

    Call it a small measure of victory.

  • McCasky aims to remain focused on the issues

    If elected to a second term as county commissioner, Kevin McCasky said he'll be focused on infrastructure projects, including completing "the beltway."

    "It is critical for both transportation and mobility elements and planning to complete the beltway, to extend the Northwest Parkway through Jefferson County," McCasky said. "I believe it's critical for transportation purposes and significant economic benefits to all of Jefferson County in the next 30 years. It's critical to complete that connection as soon as possible."

  • Jeffco dysfunction takes center stage at trial

    While scandal is a subjective term, Mark Paschall’s trial on charges that he solicited a kickback from an appointee once again opened a window on the strange doings and apparent dysfunction that have plagued Jeffco government over the past decade.

    Paschall, Jeffco's elected treasurer from January 2003 to December 2006, was found not guilty Feb. 15 on one of two felony charges. He'll be back in court Feb. 28 to see if the Jeffco DA wants to pursue the second count from his indictment.

  • 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.