Today's News

  • 'Seniors, the rest of your lives begin tonight'

    Working 20 hours of overtime per week as a manager for a janitorial company, high school senior Ashley McAnallen had a hard time keeping her head above water in class. Her work schedule did not mesh easily with the traditional morning-to-afternoon high school program, and though she attended Brady Exploration School in Lakewood, an option institution, it was not a good fit for her.

    McAnallen was among hundreds of high school seniors who made their ways across commencement stages last week.

  • Protecting kids online

      The drawer of a steel filing cabinet in detective Mike Harris’ office is labeled with a bumper sticker reading, “Believe the children.” Prominently displayed on an adjacent wall are small mug shots of more than 400 adults, all of whom were arrested in Internet stings targeting sexual predators.

    The arrests came thanks to the county’s Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations unit, which was created in 1996 when Harris was hired by the district attorney.


  • County poised to buy S. Jeffco building for services hub

    Jefferson County is poised to spend $6.5 million on a new building in South Jeffco that would house the sheriff’s substation and motor vehicle department. The Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on the proposal at an upcoming hearing.

    At nearly 33,000 square feet, the new facility would be almost twice as large as the two existing spaces, which the county leases from private owners.

  • Proposed fee at Chatfield dog park opposed

    More than 20 years of operation and thousands of paws have slowly beaten away at the vegetation and soil at the Chatfield dog park, and officials are taking one last round of public input before putting a new plan for the area before the board of directors for state parks.

    But a proposal to reduce the size of the off-leash area and to charge dog owners for its use is running into opposition.

  • One more win caps Vermeer’s career

    GREELEY — Athletes who played in the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games were some of the best representatives of their sport and Chatfield High School senior Landon Vermeer was no exception.

  • Cops put the finger on resident for expressing himself

    A South Jeffco resident delivered an unfriendly gesture to his neighbor May 19, only to be greeted in return with a ticket from the Sheriff’s Office.

    Joseph Vanderzwart, 24, was riding his motorcycle near another resident’s condo balcony and displayed his disdain for her by prominently presenting his middle finger. It was the latest in a series of confrontations the two have had, he said, following an incident in which the neighbor voiced her disapproval of his dog walking around off-leash.

  • County considers regulations on pot dispensaries

    Jefferson County is considering regulations governing medical-marijuana dispensaries, including a possible ban in unincorporated areas of the county.

    The county commissioners, the county attorney, the sheriff and planning and zoning staff held a closed-door meeting to discuss House Bill 1284, the wide-ranging dispensary legislation awaiting Gov. Bill Ritter’s signature.

  • Pinnacol’s excesses an outrage

    When legislative budget staffers were looking into ways to balance the state’s budget during the 2009 session, they happened onto the fact that Pinnacol Assurance, the quasi-public agency that serves as the insurer of last resort for workers’ compensation, had reserves in excess of half a billion dollars more than appeared to be necessary. When legislative leaders suggested taking some of the money to address budget issues, the reaction from Pinnacol, business interests and Pinnacol customers was swift. They said the state should keep its hands off.

  • Rebels run out of gas at tourney

     PARKER — School is out but that doesn’t mean the Columbine Rebels baseball team is taking the summer off.

    The Rebels’ summer squad spent the weekend playing in the Double Angel Summer Slugfest from June 3-6, going 1-3-1 over three days and losing in the first round of the consolation bracket.

  • Valerio makes his pitch for Dakota Ridge rotation in shutout


    HIGHLANDS RANCH — A.J. Valerio wasn’t scheduled to be in this position, but Dakota Ridge didn’t have much of a choice.