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Today's News

  • Jeffco voting equipment conditionally certified, but concerns remain

    Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman conditionally certified Jeffco's voting equipment last week, partially paving the way for the county to conduct elections this fall without having to invest in a new voting system.

    But Jeffco Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson said there's still some uncertainty resulting from legislation that would require paper ballots at every polling location, a move she's estimated will cost the county $1.3 million.

    "If we do get our equipment made whole, we could proceed," Anderson said. "But there's still some ongoing uncertainty."

  • Courier reporters recognized at state press gathering

    Several Columbine Courier reporters were recognized with awards March 1 by the Colorado Press Association during its 130th annual convention at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.

    A quick rundown:

    • Reporter Matt Gunn, who has moved on to the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Journal, was recognized with two first-place awards, for best story-picture combination and best deadline reporting.

  • Jeffco salaries

    Jefferson County Government Press Listing For Year 2007

    County Commissioners

    Administrative Specialist II 1340.00

    Commissioners Exec Secretary 58389.84

    Elected Official 63203.00

  • Rebels roll past Wildcats by 30

    The Rebels’ girls basketball team was happy to get one more home game Feb. 28. Call it a curtain call for the seniors and one more chance for the team to continue to improve.

    The No. 5 Rebels got all of that as they pounded 12th-seeded Fruita Monument to kick off the first round of the Class 5A state tournament.

  • Can't spoil her party

    Let the Dakota Ridge Eagles girls basketball team eat cake. They certainly deserved it Mar. 1.

    After getting roughed up on the boards by George Washington and in danger of getting roughed up all over, the Eagles leaned heavily on their age an experience.

  • Missing but not forgotten

    DENVER — A family’s frantic emotions in the face of a missing child were remembered at the state Capitol on Feb. 29, as Allyn Atadero of South Jefferson County continued his push for improvements in search and rescue efforts.

  • Chatfield gives up lead, falls to Montbello in opening round

    With a first-round Class 5A playoff victory in reach, with separation finally achieved late in the fourth quarter of an exciting slugfest, the Chatfield Chargers blinked.

    And victory disappeared.

    Ahead by eight with 3:45 remaining, the Chargers gave up a 10-0 run to Montbello and bungled away their late attempts to tie or regain the lead in a 67-66 home defeat Feb. 27.

  • Defense attorneys serve up motions in Zamora murder trial

    Two mothers sit in courtroom 4E at the Jefferson County courthouse, and both ponder the lives of their sons.

    They sit on opposite sides of the center aisle, with the one on the left recalling April 3, 2007, when her son’s life was cut short, and the other, on the right, watching her two sons with their hands shackled to their waists, facing murder charges and prison sentences that could mark the end of their lives as they know them.

  • Sound the alarm, Chargers eliminate Golden Eagles

    In a game where both teams were mostly ice-cold from the floor, it's ironic that the fire alarm at Chatfield Senior High School went off moments after the Chargers’ 48-32 victory over Mountain Vista in the opening round of the Class 5A girls basketball state tournament.

  • Paschall to face second trial in alleged kickback scheme

    Former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall will face another trial related to charges that he tried to solicit a kickback from a political appointee on his way out of office in 2006.

    Paschall was charged with two felonies — criminal attempted theft and compensation for past official behavior — and was acquitted on the attempted theft charge Feb. 15. The jury deadlocked on the other charge on an 8-4 vote in favor of acquittal, according to one juror, but the Jeffco DA's office says it is confident it will get a conviction in a second trial.