Today's News

  • South Precinct sheriff's captain brings community-oriented focus

    When Capt. Patricia Woodin comes to work every day at the South Precinct of the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, her focus is squarely on customer service.

    “We’re responsible for customer service,” Woodin said recently in her office. “A lot of government agencies don’t have that take.”

    Part of that approach is providing the “same level of service with a little bit less,” a reference to the fact that the sheriff’s office is dealing with budget cuts along with all other county-funded operations.

  • Chargers off to a roaring start

    Nick Nedeau is dreaming big.

    Nedeau, and the rest of the Chatfield boys lacrosse team for that matter, don’t see themselves as a first-year program.

    So far, it’s hard to argue with them.

  • Eagles ready for challenge

    Trust is vital to any good relationship.

    Defenders and goalkeepers are no different.

  • Man kills himself in Jeffco sheriff's parking lot

    A man shot himself in the head in the Jeffco sheriff’s parking lot March 17.

    John Mark Bower, 56, shot himself about 2:30 p.m. March 17 in the lower west lot, according to Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the sheriff. Deputies responded quickly, and an ambulance transported the man to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    One witness to the shooting was questioned in an attempt to piece together what exactly happened. Kelley said a weapon was recovered at the scene. Next of kin were notified later in the evening of March 17.

  • Prep briefs


    Chargers on fire

    Chatfield opened the 2008 season with a pair of convincing wins.

  • Swing for the fences

    Curtis Cunningham deserves a humanitarian award.

    As the crowd at Columbine High School struggled to stay warm March 14, the senior slugger did what he had to do to send everyone home. He crushed the first pitch he saw.

    And everyone ran to their cars to turn on the heat.

  • Charges filed in theft from sports association

    Carrie Ann Smith was charged with theft of more than $20,000 and two counts of forgery of checks March 17 in the theft of more than $100,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association.

    During the time Smith served as office manager for the South Jeffco Sports Association, an audit showed $102,580.65 in misappropriated funds between September 2005 and September 2007. The theft charge is a class 3 felony, and the two counts of forgery are class 5 felonies.

  • Neighbors oppose development on 170-acre Fehringer Ranch parcel

    The development group that plans to turn a set of empty fields known as Fehringer Ranch into 2 million square feet of office, retail and residential space told a group of angry homeowners last week that the debate about whether the land should be open space is in the past; the question now is the mix of uses it will support.

  • Public can weigh in on Jeffco's master plan

    Jefferson County Planning Director John Wolforth likes to quote the words of 19th-century architect Daniel Burnham when describing the ideals of his department: “Make no little plans; they have no magic.”

    Wolforth is proud of how “aggressive” the county has become at long-range planning: The planning commission and county staff are working to update the comprehensive master plan, and Wolforth’s department is also implementing a new public outreach program.

  • Can't stop fires, but can make them a higher priority

    If you’ve been to Summit or Grand counties lately, you’ve seen the effects of the largest and most catastrophic pine beetle infestation in decades.

    As the Rocky Mountain News recently reported, “Every large, mature lodgepole pine forest in Colorado and southern Wyoming will be dead within three to five years,” based on projections from the U.S. Forest Service. The Rocky further reported that the outbreak, which began in 1996, has infested 1.5 million acres of trees, culminating in an unbelievable 500,000 additional acres in 2007 alone.