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Today's News

  • Unlocking the truth: DNA leads to suspect in '76 slaying of Columbine student

    DNA is unlocking the doors to ice-cold cases once believed unsolvable.

    Samples from convicted felons led police to a suspect in the 1976 slaying of Columbine High student Holly Marie Andrews in Clear Creek County. Suspects also were identified in a string of violent rapes from 2004 and 2005 in Denver, Aurora and Arapahoe County.

    Investigators with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Department arrested a suspect Feb. 1 in connection with the 1976 slaying of Andrews, who was 16 years old.

  • In dog years, it was a life well lived

    “I am a clock without hands

    I’m walking through the midnights

    Counting all the moments

    Of the loves I’ve left behind.”

    — Nanci Griffith,

    “A Clock Without Hands”

  • CAFE standards paving way to a better world?

    Hannah Hayes

    The survival of our planet depends upon a large-scale shift in consciousness. Increasing the number of miles per gallon a car is required to achieve isn’t going to create enough change. If you are not already embracing a responsible 21st-century lifestyle, the journey might be uncomfortable at first, but it’s absolutely necessary. Reversing global warming and gearing up for sustainability requires steering outside of those double yellow lines and parking in an entirely new spot.

  • Sheriff investigating theft from sports association — again

    The sheriff's office has again opened its investigation into the theft of $125,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association, marking the third time since September that the sheriff has investigated the theft.

    The saga began when some of the association's leaders and office staffers noticed some irregularities with checks and other payments, and then learned that an office worker had been forging checks and otherwise manipulating the books to steal money.

  • Romney wins Jeffco as GOP voters caucus

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won a Jeffco presidential straw poll running away at GOP caucuses Feb. 5, according to unofficial results provided to the Courier by the Jeffco GOP.

    The non-binding straw poll conducted across 365 Jeffco precincts during the Feb. 5 caucuses showed that Romney pulled in 4,999 votes, compared to 1,419 for Arizona Sen. John McCain. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee received 727 votes, with Texas Congressman Ron Paul pulling in 553, as of 10:30 p.m.

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Dakota Ridge slips past Arvada West

    ARVADA – There wasn’t a lot of things Dakota Ridge's girls basketball team did right Feb. 5 against Arvada West.

    The Eagles didn’t have much intensity from the start; they shot 6-for-15 from the free-throw line, got in foul trouble and turned the ball over 20 times – seven times in the fourth quarter.

  • Super Tuesday pretty average at Southwest Plaza

    Based on the recent attention paid by cable news outlets, one might believe Tuesday, Feb. 5, was to politics what the Super Bowl is to football or the Academy Awards to filmmaking.

    But an afternoon stroll through Southwest Plaza — where a diverse cross-section of the South Jeffco population can be found on any given day — reveals that many people are aware of Super Tuesday and its implications, but either don't see its significance or simply don't understand it.

  • South Jeffco Democrats welcome Super Tuesday

    No sooner had the Dakota Ridge High School cheerleading squad finished practicing in the cafeteria Feb. 5 than the room began to fill with South Jefferson County Democrats eager to participate in deciding their party’s next presidential candidate.

    “I know this is the first time we’ve had that many Democrats in a room in southwest Jeffco since I don’t know when,” said Nancy Parker, who organized the caucus for the Jefferson County Democrats.

  • Bill calls for re-testing of voting machines

    A bill that may go a long way in resolving Jeffco's voting machine conundrum passed the state Senate on Feb. 4, and it may render a county appeal of the secretary of state’s decertification of voting machines moot.

    "If that bill passes, I'm not sure what the secretary of state would do with pending appeals," said Josh Liss, Jeffco's deputy of elections. The bill would allow the secretary of state to recertify voting machines that were decertified late last year after abbreviated retesting and more input from counties and manufacturers.

  • County working on plan to accommodate new judges

    Jeffco is in the process of hiring a consulting firm to determine how to accommodate two new judges by July 1, and it may require a reworking of space in the government center.

    "One thing we're telling the architectural construction firms to do is look at all the space, and we're literally telling them that nothing is sacred," said County Administrator Jim Moore. "If it makes sense to convert the whole building into a courthouse, and move administrative (functions) somewhere else, we may entertain that."