Today's News

  • County approves fees for open-records access

    The public will be charged for access to public records under a resolution passed unanimously Tuesday by the county commissioners.

    Under the measure the county will implement fees of $25 per hour for open-records requests taking more than an hour to complete.

    The public information office, whose employees are tasked with fulfilling such requests, now hasthe option of not charging the public for its staff time, though language in the resolution allows charges at the office’s discretion.

  • Partial service retained on RTD’s 401 route

    The RTD board of directors is poised to retain peak-hour bus service on the 401 route, after scores of South Jeffco residents who use the service to get to work complained when the route was put on a list for elimination.

    The board is slated to approve on Tuesday evening more than $10 million in service cuts to begin Jan. 8, an amount down from an original proposal of about $13 million.

  • Jeffco poised to begin charging for public-records requests

    The Jefferson County commissioners are poised to begin charging the public for access to public records, with a consent-agenda resolution scheduled to be passed Tuesday.

    If approved, the measure would allow the county to charge $25 per hour for open-records requests taking more than an hour to complete.

    The public information office, whose employees are tasked with fulfilling such requests, would have the option of not charging the public for its staff time, though language in the proposed resolution would allow charges at the office’s discretion.

  • Habitat for Humanity to open area home-improvement store

    Habitat for Humanity plans to open a 26,000-square-foot home-improvement store Nov. 4 near South Jeffco, targeting thrifty consumers as a base to help fund its charitable homebuilding programs.
    The store, which will carry used fixtures, furniture and other discount remodeling products, is the third to be established in the metro area. The new store will be at 7900 W. Quincy Ave., and the other two ReStore outlets are in Denver and Wheat Ridge.

  • Tough choices demand experience, knowledge

    Anyone who listens to Denver talk radio has heard that our two Jeffco school board races represent an apocalyptic face-off between radical union-backed leftists and far-right free-market fanatics who will stop at nothing to reduce district spending.

    At the final election forum Oct. 18 in Evergreen, the candidates sounded more like a gaggle of elderly British ladies disagreeing about whether the shade of the curtains matched the colors in the divan.

  • DA seeks to recover costs in Eastwood case

    The Jefferson County district attorney’s office filed a motion last week in an attempt to recoup nearly $90,000 in prosecution costs from Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood.

    State law allows prosecutors to recover court costs from defendants who are found guilty, including large payments made to expert witnesses such as forensic psychiatrist Dr. Steven Pitt, to whom the district attorney’s office paid more than $67,000 — prior to the trial.

  • Foothills board tables decision on sale of four open-space parcels

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board tabled a decision Oct. 11 on accepting nearly $2 million for the sale of four plots of open space, after dozens of Woodmar neighborhood residents objected to the prospect.

    The district, which placed six large parcels totaling about 30 acres on the market in February, has been planning to the sell the land as a means to cover projected budget shortfalls in the coming years. It estimates it will garner $4 million from all of the sales.

  • HOOTenanny teaches about owls

     Wild Wings Environmental Education volunteer Lois Liebherr holds Sophie, a great horned owl, on Oct. 15 during the Audubon Society of Greater Denver's HOOTenanny event. Volunteers taught dozens of local children about owls' unique adaptations that make them efficient hunters, including massive eyes that provide sensitive night vision. 

  • Gut-wrenching end for Chatfield

    LOVELAND — Rebecka Mintz couldn’t control her tears. Carlie Sexton was physically distraught. What had been an improbable run through the 5A Jeffco League for the Chatfield Lady Chargers’ softball team came to a crashing halt on Oct. 15 at the Region 4 tournament.
    Chatfield, the region’s top and 5A’s fourth overall seed, went from a state-tournament favorite to an afterthought after an error-proned 4-3 loss to Cherokee Trail at Barnes Softball Complex at Fairgrounds Park.

  • Dakota Ridge wins regional, reaches state

    Courtney Sharp hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth as Dakota Ridge rallied for a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over Poudre, winning the 5A Region 3 softball championship on Oct. 15 at Longmont’s Garden Acres.
    Dakota Ridge (19-2), seeded fifth in the regional, opened with a 2-0 shutout of Liberty, led by the pitching of Bri Arneach. She tossed seven innings of shutout ball, walking one and striking out five. BrookLynn York and Cameryn Mammenga each had two hits.