Today's News

  • Commissioners don’t say no to short-term rentals

    The Jeffco commissioners rejected Aug. 23 the county planning commission’s recommendation against allowing short-term vacation rentals.

    The issue is being sent back to the planning commission and will likely be heard at its Oct. 5 hearing. The commission is now being asked to develop a definition of short-term rentals and to edit the county planning staff’s revision to the zoning resolution.

  • McCasky investigation could take months

    A Colorado Independent Ethics Commission investigation into former Jeffco county commissioner Kevin McCasky’s hiring by the Jefferson Economic Council could stretch out for months, the group’s president said Aug. 26, despite having been under way since June.

    The commission has so far served at least one subpoena and has interviewed county officials, economic council members and others.

  • Poor economy puts pressure on Foothills Animal Shelter

    If foreclosures and high unemployment weren’t ample evidence of a recession, the animals coming into Foothills Animal Shelter might be.

    Facing hard times, many pet parents are having trouble footing vet bills and keeping food bowls full. Consequently the shelter, which celebrated its first year of operation this month, is seeing more paws coming through the front door, and animals are overall in worse health than they were only a year ago.

  • Eagles straighten things out

    CONIFER — Pitch after pitch after pitch BrookLynn York was lacing the ball just foul. She nearly hit teammate Sierra Jones in the on-deck circle. She just missed head coach Dave Atencio standing in the third-base box. But once she figured out how to get the ball inside the line, just past Conifer third baseman Mackenzie Long, it opened the floodgates for Dakota Ridge.

  • Leipheimer, state big winners at USA Pro Cycling Challenge

    DENVER — About the only thing that was hotter than cyclist Levi Leipheimer this week, especially on Aug. 28 — the final day of the week-long inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge — was the weather.

    It was another hot one, as temperatures scorched an overflowing crowd of more than 200,000 during Stage 6 from Golden to Lookout Mountain into downtown Denver, with it topping out at a record 96 degrees. But it couldn’t stop Leipheimer.

  • Sports briefs

    Risner, Wiggins spoil opener for Front Range Christian
    WIGGINS — Taylor Risner threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns as Wiggins pulled away from Front Range Christian in the second half for a 36-12 season-opening win on Aug. 26.

  • Boys soccer previews

    Head coach: Brock Blume
    Assistant coaches: Chris Olson, Dave Palik, Sara Webb, Tyler Zytek
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    Top players: Cameron Mohseni, Sr., midfielder; Tyler Anderson, Sr., goalie; Collin Shampine, Sr., forward; Ryan Lagreca, Sr., forward.
    Season opener: Sept. 1, at Cherry Creek, 4:30 p.m.

  • Cross country preview: Chatfield Chargers

    Head coaches: Don Daniels, Jeff Mages
    Assistant coach: Sara Smutz
    Classification: 5A
    Top runners: Boys — Justin Shaver, Sr.; Panos Smyrnios, Jr.; Thomas Paryz, Sr.; Girls — Rachael Lenz, Sr.; Jennifer Sutton, Sr.; Mikaela Hakamaa, Fr.
    Season opener: Sept. 2, at Arapahoe Invitational 

  • League of Women Voters celebrates anniversary of women’s suffrage

    Women celebrated 91 years of voting on Aug. 26, which marks the 91st anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting the right to vote to all American women.

  • Cut trillions, not voting rights

    The enormity of the federal government’s liabilities is the biggest challenge we face. As of the moment I write this, national debt stands at about $14.652 trillion (add a few billion by the time you read this). Yet debt is only a part of the equation: Boston University economist Lawrence Kotlikoff estimates that the “real liability” of the federal government is actually in excess of $70 trillion.
    No wonder markets weren’t jumping for joy when Congress and the president agreed to a deal that nets only $900 billion in cuts over the next 10 years.