Today's News

  • Former county administrator settles suit with Jeffco for $175,000

    Former Jeffco county administrator Jim Moore settled his wrongful-termination lawsuit against the county in May, collecting $175,000 under a deal that prohibits both parties from discussing the case.

    Moore, who was fired from the high-level position in December 2009, received less than $38,000 of the total, with the remaining $137,000 being paid to his attorneys.

    Though a federal judge dismissed Commissioner Faye Griffin and former commissioners Kathy Hartman and Kevin McCasky as defendants in late April, the county itself was not dismissed until June 2.

  • State ethics commission will investigate McCasky

    The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission has initiated a full investigation into the hiring of former Jeffco commissioner Kevin McCasky by an economic council to which he voted to direct county funds while being considered for the council’s high-paying top job.

    McCasky, now president of the Jefferson Economic Council, was hired by the nonprofit in January, shortly after he proposed increasing the county’s annual general-fund contribution to the council from $380,000 to $400,000.

  • Board approves tasting permit for Tipsy’s

    In a decision at odds with its own policy, the Jeffco liquor board approved on June 9 a new beer and wine tasting permit for Tipsy’s Liquor World two months after the store was ordered closed for two days for selling wine to a visibly intoxicated man.

  • County still weighing OK on vacation rentals

    The Jeffco commissioners inched closer to approving short-term vacation rentals June 14, directing staff to initiate the long process of changing zoning regulations.

  • 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.”