Today's News

  • Bailey woman is channeling busy moms

    In an earlier life, Jenny Schmidt of Bailey was a high-profile television reporter who covered the O.J. Simpson trial and the Rodney King verdict. But when she traded that life for motherhood, things changed.

  • A public servant for three decades

    Faye Griffin wants Jefferson County residents to know that she’s just a regular person. She might be a politician, but the newly elected District 1 county commissioner said she sure doesn’t feel like one.

    “I don’t really feel like a politician. I don’t. I’m just a person,” Griffin said. “It’s just different.”

  • Proposal dampens spirits at liquor stores

    After losing last year’s bid to sell beer and wine, supermarkets and convenience stores are putting their efforts behind legislation to let them sell full-strength beer.

    The movement has caused alarm among liquor store owners like Scott Risley of Super Liquor Mart at West Coal Mine Avenue and South Pierce Street.

    “It’ll put a lot of stores out of business,” Risley said. “How could it not?”

    He said there would be no way for the smaller stores to compete with the bulk buying power of large, interstate grocery chains.

  • Everybody Jump!

    People will be bouncing off the walls inside the old Albertson's building at South Kipling Street and West Bowles Avenue this spring.

    Tim Crawford, a businessman from Golden, is opening an indoor trampoline fun center called Jump Street in the building, hoping to give South Jeffco a new way to play.

    "It's something the whole family can do," Crawford said while taking a break from removing old steel from the building Dec. 31. "Some parents have more fun than their kids."

  • Looking for a new Super Bowl tradition

    For as long as I can remember, I’ve spent Super Bowl Sunday doing two things.

    One, of course, is watching the game. And for the few anti-football types out there, you missed a heck of a game. Not as great as last year’s, but still, a really good game.

    The second thing I’ve always done on Super Bowl Sunday is eat chicken wings.

    Now, I don’t know how the tradition started in the Johnson household, but, I was certainly happy my father brought it into existence.

  • Ken Caryl student will travel to D.C. to tell of living with diabetes

    Ken Caryl Middle School student Erin Doyle, daughter of the late Sgt. Patrick Doyle of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Cheryl Doyle, has been selected as one of two Coloradans with Type 1 juvenile diabetes to travel to Washington, D.C., for the biannual JDRF Children’s Congress.

    Erin will meet with members of Congress and tell her story and the stories of many other children who have the disease.

  • Rebels coast to easy win

    LAKEWOOD — If it had been a baseball game they would have invoked the 10-run rule.

    What began as a competitive Class 5A Jefferson County League swimming meet at Carmody Pool between Bear Creek, Columbine and Dakota Ridge, quickly turned into a showcase for the Columbine swimmers who won all 11 races, as well as the diving competition.

    Columbine finished with 166 points, Bear Creek with 94 points and Dakota Ridge with 57 points, but the scary thing is, it could have been worse.

  • Tancredo: Was he a good congressman?

    By Hannah B. Hayes

    The issues around immigration are complex. There’s a melting pot of experiences that led most of us here. Every immigrant has a story — often compelling and heart-wrenching. The migration from “my country” to the promise of a better life is a journey into the unknown on an uncertain path through a maze of danger and bureaucracy.

  • Plains district not bound by ’85 pact, judge rules

    The Plains Metropolitan District is not obligated to build any tennis courts, swimming pools or a soccer field under the terms of the special district service plan conceived in 1985, a Jefferson County district judge ruled Jan. 14 in an exhaustive 16-page decision.

    The ruling represents an enormous setback, if not the final blow, in Ken-Caryl Ranch Metro District’s quest to force a neighboring district to pay for the promised $3.5 million in recreational amenities. A decision on an appeal is pending.

  • School board eyes $12 million in cuts in 2009-10

    Jefferson County Public Schools will probably have to do without the district’s planetarium beginning next school year.

    Thanks to the failure of the $350 million bond issue and the $35-million-a-year tax increase, the 40-year-old planetarium will be closed indefinitely as part of a long list of budget cuts contemplated by the school board and school administration for next year and beyond.

    The biggest impact will come in staff reductions, which are expected to reach a total of nearly 300 over the next three years.