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Today's News

  • SWAT officers face probe for consulting, no approval was given for workshops drawing on Columbine experiences

    A training sergeant with the Port Huron, Mich., Police Department says he sees nothing wrong with paying for a few Jeffco SWAT members’ insights and training based on their experiences at Columbine and Platte Canyon high schools.

    “This is a needed service,” Sgt. Scott Pike said last week after learning that several Jeffco SWAT team members were under internal affairs investigation for forming a consulting and training company without approval through their chain of command.

  • Opening night blues

    It’s hard to get your rhythm when your lead guitarist and your drummer are out.

    That’s somewhat similar to how members of the Chatfield’s girls basketball team were feeling after last Thursday night’s 56-41 Class 5A nonleague loss to Mountain Vista.

  • LIght show snowballs: Grant Ranch resident illuminates the neighborhood

    Santa Claus will never miss Vern Lowerys house, even on the foggiest of Christmas Eves.

    Its not so much that Lowery is particularly naughty or nice. Rather, Lowerys annual lighting display is enough to give even the most red-nosed reindeer a slight case of glow envy.

    Yeah, Xcel Energy loves me this time of year, Vern Lowery said.

    The reason why is the estimated 25,000 to 30,000 Christmas lights that adorn Lowerys property each holiday season.

  • Brrrrringing the music: Columbine High band a colorful addition to frosty Parade of Lights

    Santa Claus, like the post office, doesnt let rain nor sleet nor dark of night keep him from his appointed holiday rounds. And a little cold weather didnt stop the Columbine High School marching band from escorting the ecstatic elf during Denvers Parade of Lights.

    The Rebels band performed admirably in Rudolphs absence Friday and Saturday, guiding St. Nick through the downtown parade to the tune of Here Comes Santa Claus.

    We feel very honored, said Christina Simpson, one of the bands drum majors.

  • Ken-Caryl Metro District to close pool, adjust facility hours

    The fallout from a failed mill levy increase on the November ballot could mean a change in lifestyle for some residents in the Ken-Caryl Metropolitan District.

    Among the most significant changes discussed during the districts Nov. 27 budget public hearing were the advent of user fees for swimmers, adjusted operating hours and the closure of the Bradford Pool.

    Bottom line, most of the changes here that are being proposed are user fees, said Darrell Windes, district manager. Throughout the election, one of the things the vote-no campaign proposed was turning to user fees.

  • Just the ticket: Grant Ranch offers residents amenities and security

    Though Grant Ranch Boulevard spans a distance of only 2 miles, drivers should be careful: Within that single neighborhood, one could technically get a speeding ticket from up to four different law enforcement entities.

    One of the many things that make Grant Ranch unique is that the community is part Denver, part Lakewood and part unincorporated Jefferson County.

  • Swim teams off to soaring start

    The 2007-08 girls swim season officially got underway last week with Columbine and Dakota Ridge meeting up in a dual meet on Friday. The two schools were joined by Chatfield, Ralston Valley, Pomona, Wheat Ridge, Arvada West and D’Evelyn for Saturday’s D’Evelyn Jag Invite.

  • Columbine's Bartok registers career win No. 300

    Columbine’s 40-38 victory over Douglas County might not have been the prettiest girls basketball game ever played, but the end result was all that mattered.

    The win by the Rebels was their first of the season, but more importantly, it was the 300th career win for coach Jim Bartok.

  • No county employees show up to speak at hearing on '08 budget

    No county employees and only two county residents spoke at a public hearing Tuesday on Jeffco’s proposed $385 million 2008 budget, even though county employees will bear the brunt of the cuts that made the ’08 budget come in nearly 3 percent less than 2007’s.

    “(The budget) is significantly less than the actual operational budget for 2007,” said Jim Moore, county administrator, during a brief PowerPoint presentation Tuesday.

  • Is the important trivial, or the trivial important?

    It was Sunday a couple weeks ago and, as always, I found myself at 8 a.m. in front of the TV watching one of those weekly news shows. The discussion, as always, involved the presidential race, and as I took a swallow of coffee, it occurred to me that I was completely wasting my time given that I will not be around to vote next November.