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Today's News

  • CU professor calls total solar eclipse an experience like no other

    Doug Duncan has seen his fair share of total solar eclipses during his career as an astronomer, but for the University of Colorado professor and director of Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium, the eclipse next week will be the closest one to hit near home.

    “This is total eclipse No. 10 for me,” Duncan said. “I’ve seen them in China, South Africa, Bolivia, (the) Galapagos (Islands) and Mexico. Those are ones that come to mind.”

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Drown and dirty

  • Jeffco Open Space updates regulations on e-bikes, drones

    Jeffco Open Space will be allowing Class 1 e-bikes on its paved trails, which are only located in three parks — Crown Hill, Van Bibber and Clear Creek Trail. For now, the agency is prohibiting use of Class 2 e-bikes in these areas.

  • Investing in our children — immigrants and all

    The most important renewable resource that we can access is children. Our ability to provide education and training for future generations is the single biggest thing we can do to adequately prepare ourselves for the future.

  • School year brings about change, hope

    Today — Thursday, Aug. 17 — is the first day of school in Jefferson County, and my wife and I know it all too well. Goodbye, sleeping in until the weekend comes.
    OK, it’s not that bad. I don’t get that much sleep as it is. But with two school-aged children — one still in elementary school and another a year away from high school (gulp!) — the next nine months will be an assortment of running around to get kids to and from where they need to be, juggling homework assignments and finding that work-life balance.

  • Sheriff’s Office to provide security at Lockheed facility

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has agreed to place a deputy on Lockheed Martin’s Waterton Canyon campus in South Jeffco after the company’s request for county security was approved by the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners earlier this month.

  • Satellite facility planned for Lockheed Martin’s Waterton Canyon campus

    Construction has begun on a 266,000-square-foot satellite manufacturing facility at Lockheed Martin’s Waterton Canyon campus in South Jeffco.

    Announced Aug. 2, the $350 million building — called the Gateway Center — will allow for the simultaneous manufacture of a wide range of satellites, and will include a variety of testing chambers that simulate space conditions, test sensors and communications systems, and allow for advanced test operations and analysis.

  • Kids at Jeffco schools begin the 2017-18 year

    Students in Jeffco Public Schools will hit the books today as the 2017-18 year begins. In the Southwest Jeffco area, high school students will have access to electronic tablets, and all schools are planning back-to-school nights to acquaint families with their schools and curriculum.

    Here is a listing of events and new programs planned at some area schools.

    Dakota Ridge High School

  • Along for the ride: Cyclists, RTD employees test light rail’s accommodations, especially at peak times

    Several area cyclists and RTD employees hit the light rail last week to test its efficiency and usability for bicycles.

    The light rail runs throughout the Denver-metro area and has stops in Littleton. On Aug. 9, the group rode from the Jefferson County Courthouse in Golden to Denver International Airport, making stops along the way to change trains and eat lunch. They planned to test the light rail’s accommodations and gauge the number of bicyclists who use it.

  • Hearing continued in Brooks’ chase case

    The preliminary hearing has been continued for the woman accused of driving erratically and starting a police chase that shut down southbound U.S. 285 in mid-July.

    The preliminary hearing for 46-year-old Jennifer Brooks of Bailey has been continued until 9 a.m. Sept. 14.

    Alison Foley, a Jeffco deputy district attorney, didn’t object to the continuation, noting that the DA’s office is requesting a test for communicable diseases since Brooks is accused of biting and spitting on Jeffco deputies. Brooks and her defender consented to the test.