Today's News

  • School board seeks feedback on budget

    Members of the Jeffco school board are seeking the community’s help in making decisions about the school district’s budget. The district will need to cut at least $35 million between 2009 and 2012 after voters rejected the bond and mill levy measures on the November ballot.

    The board has received recommendations from staff and community budget work groups and wants to continue to gather feedback from different voices in Jefferson County.

  • Jeffco commission OKs $387 million budget

    The Jeffco commissioners have adopted a 2009 budget that is nearly $8 million smaller than the one proposed at the end of November, mainly due to uncertainty about election equipment.

    The commissioners on Dec. 9 approved a budget of $387 million for Jefferson County in 2009, down from the $394.9 million budget that staffers presented at the end of November. Although the commissioners added $6.5 million in spending, they cut $14.4 million that staffers had recommended for new election equipment.

  • Police locate alleged hit-and-run vehicle

    Police have located the car they believe struck 13-year-old Taylor Hunt on Dec. 12.

    Hunt was walking toward a bus stop on her way to Ken Caryl Middle School when a black 1997 Volkswagen Jetta struck her. The driver fled the scene.

    Hunt was taken to the hospital and released the same day but did suffer serious injuries, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    The car was found at 8545 S. Wadsworth Blvd., which is believed to be where the owner of the car lives.

    The State Patrol is urging anyone with information about the incident to call 303-239-4583.

  • New auto-repair shop strives to be friendly to customers, employees and the environment

    Two brothers who grew up in Jefferson County and a former resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., have opened an auto-repair shop and car wash that is striving to be friendly — to customers, employees and the environment.

    Chris and Mark Shamis and Mike Torres are the owners of Dakota Ridge Complete Automotive. The auto-repair business, at West Bowles Avenue and C-470, opened Oct. 27, and the car wash opened Nov. 23.


    Torres, an animated man who moved to Colorado when he was 18, is co-owner and operations manager. He described the shop as “high end.”

  • GOP legislators plan stimulus package

    South Jeffco's state senator says Republicans will push several bills in the upcoming legislative session that will serve as their version of an economic stimulus package.

    "No doubt, people are feeling an economic pinch," said Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, chair of the GOP caucus. "There's a lot of anxiety out there."

  • Storey seeks 9 percent raise in 2009

    Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey is asking for $162,000 in salary in 2009, a pay raise of more than 9 percent.

    Most county workers have been getting raises in the 3 percent range.

    Storey, who was re-elected in November, earned $148,256 in 2008, the second highest for a DA in a five-county comparison that Storey provided the Jefferson County commissioners on Dec. 9. According to Storey, the other four counties' district attorneys are each asking for an average salary increase of 12.7 percent.

  • Chatfield High grad returns home to open medical practice

    Mark Foster didn't realize how good he had it.

    "Growing up here, maybe I didn't appreciate how great a place this is," Foster said, sitting in the living room of his Ken-Caryl Ranch home.

    Foster has lived all over the world since graduating from Chatfield High School in 1992, but he returned home two months ago to start a family medical practice in South Jeffco. Foster and Dr. Lisa Walker, who had been practicing in Aurora, will open the practice Jan. 7. It is affiliated with Littleton Adventist Hospital.

  • Fortunate bounce carries Eagles past Rebels

    Sometimes, the best goal in a hockey game is not always the one that is remembered.

  • Conifer upsets Widefield

    The Conifer boys just might be on to something.

    A season after graduating an iconic group of talent, the "new" Lobos are on their way to establishing their own identity. Just keep that program handy as you learn their names.

    Behind the steady dribble penetration of sophomore guard Gus Womeldorph, the rebounding of Stephen Theiss and C.J. Danks, the hustle of Kalvin Winter and the all around play of the Tadlock brothers, the Lobos rolled Widefield 57-53 in a Class 4A nonleague game Dec. 19.

  • ‘Jersey Boys’ a trip down Memory Turnpike

    “She-eh-eh-eh-ry, bay-ay-by, Sherry, Baby.” The ear-piercing, spine-tingling falsetto of Frankie Valli fills The Buell Theatre, and you’d swear you’re not in Denver anymore. The Tony Award-winning “Jersey Boys” opened on Dec. 11, and it’s transporting audiences not only back in time, but to a completely different world.