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Today's News

  • A caring community: Residents of Woodlane/West Gold Meadows pull together for strength

    A sense of community comes not simply through how neighbors react to tragedy, but also in the small gestures each resident shows another.

    The Woodlane neighborhood and West Gold Meadows, tucked away just north of West Bowles Avenue and east of South Alkire Street, is one in which residents respond — in big ways and small — to show support.

    “It’s just really close-knit,” said Dyanne Pritchett, a 17-year resident of Woodlane.

  • Community rallies around two families struck by illness

    The Wiggins and Gillman families have had intersecting lives in the Columbine community.

    In the 2006 high school baseball championship, Nick Wiggins’ two-run single tied the game for Columbine High School. C.J. Gillman helped win it in extra innings on a squeeze play in the bottom of the ninth.

    Now Nick and C.J. each have a younger sibling who has recently spent significant time in the hospital.

    And both families are grateful for the support they have received from the community.

  • Ritter's union move will be divisive

    It’s getting tougher and tougher to write this column. Not because I have cancer, but because I simply don’t get around much anymore. I seldom stop by the newspaper, so I have little idea of what’s going on ee you know, the background stuff. Oh, I still read the paper, but nothing beats hanging around the newsroom, or talking with friends. That’s where the really good ideas come from.

  • Chatfield Senior High lockdown caused by pellet gun

    Chatfield Senior High School was under an hour-long lockdown Nov. 8 following an incident in which two men apparently brandished what turned out to be an Airsoft pellet gun.

    The incident happened at 11:20 a.m., according to Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The suspects, a registered student at Chatfield Senior High, and a young adult who was not a student, were taken into custody at Mount View Detention Center under charges of felony menacing, Kelley said.

  • Ritter's union move will be divisive

    It’s getting tougher and tougher to write this column. Not because I have cancer, but because I simply don’t get around much anymore. I seldom stop by the newspaper, so I have little idea of what’s going on ee you know, the background stuff. Oh, I still read the paper, but nothing beats hanging around the newsroom, or talking with friends. That’s where the really good ideas come from.

  • Presuming guilt in a media-driven age

    Seldom is the force of government more concentrated than at the moment a district attorney decides whether to pursue a case against a defendant. We hope our prosecutors are men and women of sound judgment and unimpeachable integrity, and for the most part they are. But every so often a case exposes how vulnerable our system can be to an unprincipled individual.

  • Foothills begins planning for potential mill levy funds

    Foothills Park and Recreation District staff presented a draft of potential capital repair projects at the board’s last meeting outlining potential costs and schedules of work that could be done with a mill-levy increase.

    The repairs are based on a prioritized list of work the district seeks to begin, and is calculated based on the scenario of a successful 3-mill increase in the May 2008 election.

  • Effective education: parents, teachers, students have roles

    Parents and teachers who provide support and strong school and community programs were identified last week in a Jeffco forum designed to form consensus on ways to improve public education.

    Also discussed were student responsibilities, including the need to take school seriously and to show up ready to learn and to be their own advocates.

    Jeffco Public Schools last week hosted the guided session as part of Conversation 2007, a statewide forum on improving public education.

  • Bistro Magia brings European Flair

    Sharing some tapas, enjoying a bottle of European wine and relaxing to live jazz music on a Saturday night. European style.

    Such an experience is what the Wilkins family imagined when it opened Bistro Magia at 5925 Zang St. in South Jeffco.

    “The tapas concept is really a social thing,” said Frank Wilkins, who opened Bistro Magia with his wife, Sharon. “Just taking your time, relaxing and just taking a minute out of everyone’s day so you can just relax.”

  • A warmer, fuzzier sheriff?

    Anyone who has met Ted Mink knows hes not one to mess with. But now that he's neutered and de-clawed, a loving home may be more likely to take him in.

    Ted Mink the cat — who happens to share a name with Ted Mink the Jeffco sheriff — recently was found by Jeffco animal control and now lives at Max Fund, a shelter in Denver.

    David Walsh, events coordinator for Max Fund, said the idea to name the young cat after the sheriff came to him when he was driving the feline from animal control to the shelter.