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Today's News

  • GETTING HER KICKS

    At age 7, Madelynn Gorman-Shore was looking for a sport she could participate in and enjoy. Little did she or her family know that a taekwondo demonstration during her time at the Collegiate Academy charter school would capture her imagination.

    “I thought it was really cool,” she said. “It looked energetic and fun to do.”

    “It looked exciting to her. She said that she wanted to do taekwondo, and I said, ‘Are you sure?’ ” said Erin Gorman-Shore, Madelynn’s mom.

  • Groundskeeper at Meadows Golf Course dies in tractor accident

     A 79-year-old groundskeeper was run over by a tractor and died the morning of June 24 while working at the Meadows Golf Course.

    John Meyers was found by golfers on the ninth hole with his chest pinned beneath one of the tractor's rear tires.  

    Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said Meyers had been using the tractor for seeding. It appeared the tractor's rear wheel rolled over Meyers when he stopped to get a bag from an attachment on the front of the vehicle to put seed in an attachment behind it.

  • Yawning sinkhole opens on South Simms

    A sinkhole bigger than two VW bugs has closed two lanes of South Simms Street between West Cooper Avenue and South Ward Street.

    The 20-foot-wide sinkhole, about 400 square feet in total size, shut down the street to both car and foot traffic on the afternoon of June 25. The hole is near the Foothills Park and Rec facilities on Ward Street. 

  • SHAZAM! New comic book store helps readers find their niche

    The world of comic books is wide and varied, with everything from Spandex-clad superheroes and walking zombies to independently published books that delve into issues of racial and sexual identity.

    Finding a comic book that’s right for you can be a daunting task — unless you’re lucky enough to know the gregarious owner of a comic-book store. 

  • Keep Kalm rocks its way to Battle of the Bands title

    The talent at Foothills Park and Recreation’s Battle of the Bands made for some tough choices for judges and audience members. 

    Yet in the end, local hard-rock band Keep Kalm edged out second-place band Sunset Summer. Regina Smith, head of Foothills’ arts programs, said it was the closest point differential in the three years of the competition. 

    The concert, on June 14 at Clement Park’s amphitheater, featured four local middle- and high-school-age bands. 

  • Jeffco School Board approves 2014-15 budget

    The Jeffco school board voted 3-2 last Thursday to approve the district’s 2014-15 budget — a $1 billion spending plan that increases teachers’ salaries and funding for charter schools.

    Teachers, who have not had a pay increase in four years, will benefit from the $4.8 million earmarked for salary increases, which will equate to an average 2.5 percent raise per teacher.

  • 11th-hour change to charter-school funding prevents unanimous vote

    A disagreement over charter-school funding prevented the Jeffco school board from giving unanimous approval to the 2014-15 budget at last Thursday’s meeting.

    Board members John Newkirk, Julie Williams and Ken Witt approved the spending plan for next school year, while members Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted no. 

    Fellman and Dahlkemper opposed the board majority’s addition of $1.85 million to $3.7 million earmarked to equalize funding for the district’s 14 charter schools.

  • Most kinds of fireworks still illegal in Colorado

    It’s once again the time of year for pyrotechnics, but most fireworks are still illegal in Colorado.

    According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, “any device that explodes or leaves the ground,” which can include firecrackers, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, M-80s and roman candles, is prohibited for private use.

  • Republicans pick Shrader as nominee for Jeffco sheriff

    Jeffco Republicans overwhelmingly chose longtime Sheriff’s Office veteran Jeff Shrader in the race to replace term-limited Sheriff Ted Mink in the June 24 primary election.

    Shrader captured 60.8 percent of the vote to defeat Jim Shires, who had 39.2 percent. Shrader, who has no Democratic opponent in the November election, becomes the front-running favorite to take over for the iconic Mink.

    Libertarian Brett Almy and independent John Berry will also be on the November ballot in the sheriff’s race. 

  • Bow Mar and Southwest Plaza mall propose annexation

    Southwest Plaza is angling to be annexed by the town of Bow Mar in a maneuver designed to return sales-sax revenue to the mall for improvements to public areas.

    The owners of the mall, General Growth Properties, and representatives of Bow Mar presented a possible “flagpole” annexation of the mall, which would include the town annexing several streets, to Jeffco’s county commissioners on June 17 during staff briefings. 

    The mall is currently embarking on a $75 million to $80 million remodeling project.