Today's News

  • County to make $90,000 in repairs to Taj Mahal dome

    Jefferson County is planning to spend nearly $90,000 repairing the Taj Mahal’s atrium dome, which will involve resealing leaky metal seams around the windows.

    Dripping water has been a constant issue since heavy rains began earlier this year, the county said.

    “We have a lot of buckets down there. That’s not good,” facilities director Dan Brindle said in a June 14 meeting with the Board of Commissioners. “The caulking in the dome is 20 years old. … We’d like to get that done as soon as possible.”

  • Jeffco planning to sell public health campus

    Jefferson County is planning to sell its 18-acre public health campus in Lakewood to Colorado Christian University for a total of $3.75 million.

    The county initially sought bids for the property at 260 S. Kipling St. last year but received no offers. A representative from CCU contacted the county administrator recently, indicating a desire to expand the school’s campus.

    Jeffco also recently received a $2.8 million bid from Goldberg Properties, an offer it may entertain if the potential deal with the university falls through.

  • For these fathers, a day at a time

    Miniature candy-bar wrappers crinkle as a dozen men seated at a circle of tables take bites, stacking the wrappers in small piles and listening intently as others take turns speaking.

    They come from all parts of the metro area. Among them are a construction worker, a musician, an unemployed welder and a stand-up comedian.

    Their backgrounds vary, but stories of divorce, financial struggles and incarceration are common.

  • Teaching the game

    Spencer Roelke hasn’t been playing baseball all that long — this is his first year — but he enjoys it.

    “You get to run around, which I love running. I like catching the ball and I like throwing the ball,” the 8-year-old Mt. Carmel Elementary School student said. 

  • Ex-Eagle Dunivant has carved out niche in MLS

    COMMERCE CITY — Todd Dunivant isn’t the most recognizable player on his own team. That would be David Beckham. He’s not even the most recognizable American. That would be Landon Donovan. But he just might be the most reliable.

  • Raiders rally to surpise Chatfield

    AURORA—The Chatfield baseball team surrendered to Rangeview after giving up four runs in the seventh inning June 19 at Rangeview High School, losing 7-6.

    After leading the game the whole time and being ahead 6-3 after the top of the seventh, Chatfield relief pitching walked four batters and surrendered four hits to the Raiders in the bottom of the inning.

    “We just didn’t get it done,” assistant coach Brad Thayer said. “They took advantage of a couple of miscues on defense.”

  • Valerio, Eagles sweep Falcons

    Dakota Ridge pitcher AJ Valerio faced a pitcher’s worst nightmare June 17 against Highlands Ranch. Before he could take the mound to begin the second inning, he had to sit through a 45-minute rain delay.

    When he returned, he didn’t miss a beat, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning before settling for a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the Eagles’ 7-2 win in game one of a doubleheader. Dakota Ridge won the second game 14-4.

  • An honest portrayal

    In his beaver-felt hat with silk lining, John Voehl is a page of history come to life as he lives and breathes the stories of Abraham Lincoln.

    Voehl, a Littleton resident who looks more than just a little like the 16th president, said portraying Lincoln is a passion.

    “It was scary for me,” Voehl said, “how much I look like Lincoln, and when I walk by a mirror, I jump like I’ve seen a ghost.”

  • Community superintendent Anderson leaves Jeffco schools

    Jeffco Public Schools community superintendent Holly Anderson resigned last month, and the district has hired a successor for the high-level job.

    Dan Cohan, a former high school principal who was serving as the schools’ executive director for the same region, which includes the Columbine, Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Evergreen and Conifer areas, is already working in the position, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said.

  • Sex assault defendant suspected of violating bond agreement

    A Jeffco man currently charged with multiple counts of sexual assault on a child was arrested last week on suspicion of violating the terms of his bond agreement.

    James Craig Bird, 64, faces new charges, including two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of violating his bond conditions.