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Today's News

  • Protesters rally against Rooney Valley rezoning

    Some dressed in full-on dinosaur costumes, others wore dinosaur hats, and many carried signs proclaiming, “No car dealerships, no rezoning” — all to protest a rezoning application that would have allowed auto dealerships, hotels and retail on the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge.

  • Sheriff cautions public on counterfeit bills

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning consumers and businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit money after seeing an increase in its use in 2016.

    The use of fraudulent money was reported nearly 30 times in November and December 2016, a fairly dramatic increase from 2015, when four cases were reported in the county.

    Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said use of counterfeit cash tends to increase later in the year amid the holiday-shopping frenzy.

  • Jeffco school board votes to search for new superintendent

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously Thursday night to search for a replacement for Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

    Citing weaknesses in McMinimee's performance — including his communication skills and management expertise — as well as a lack of trust among the “district's constituents,” school board members expressed a desire for a leader that can take Jeffco Public Schools “to the next level.”

  • Attempted break-in reported at South Jeffco gun shop

    Burglars attempted to enter a South Jeffco guns and ammunition store about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, but nothing was stolen.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office was notified of an alarm at Denver Guns and Ammo early Thursday. By the time deputies arrived at the store, at 8250 W. Coal Mine Ave., the perpetrators had fled.

    The perpetrators allegedly attempted to break in to the store by smashing two windows, but they apparently were unsuccessful.

  • School board has 6 months to prove it’s up to the job

    With the new year, an election facing three members of the Jefferson County school board in November, and the failure of the bond and mill request in 2016, it’s time for the current board to take stock.

    This board, all five members, won their seats based on a call for increased transparency but has recently violated transparency principles in its handling of the employment of the current superintendent. It promised outreach to the community but received a resounding “you didn’t listen to us” message from citizens when the bond and mill went down.

  • Red Rocks getting tuned up for upcoming season

    As it enters its 76th year, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre prepares for a 2017 lineup filled with concerts, exercise programs, movies and more.

    The venue does not promote its shows and has yet to release a full lineup for the upcoming season, but Jordan Bishop, spokesman for Denver Arts and Venues, said Red Rocks is excited about what has been announced thus far.

    “We are really proud of the work that was done last year, (and we are) proud of the way things are shaping up for 2017,” Bishop said.

  • Budget a key issue for lawmakers in 2017

    Day one! Today marks the opening of the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly. For the next 120 days, legislators from throughout Colorado will be responsible for doing the people’s business.

  • Lockheed Martin will build spacecraft for mission to study primordial asteroids

    Lockheed Martin has been selected to design, build and operate the spacecraft for a NASA mission to study asteroids near Jupiter.

    One of NASA’s two new Discovery Program missions, the Lucy spacecraft will perform the first reconnaissance of the Jupiter Trojan asteroids, which orbit the sun in tandem with the gas giant. Lucy will launch in 2021 to study six individual asteroids, according to a Lockheed Martin news release.

  • Defending 5A wrestling champion Pomona blanks Jeffco foe Chatfield

    By Dennis Pleuss
    Jeffco Public Schools

    ARVADA — For the second year in a row, Chatfield’s wrestling team was blanked by Pomona in a Class 5A Jeffco League dual.

    Last year the Panthers defeated the Chargers 77-0 in a dual at Chatfield Senior High School. On a snowy night Jan. 4, Pomona froze out Chatfield again in taking a 62-0 victory at Pomona High School.

  • Keene off to begin college journey

    By Dennis Pleuss
    Jeffco Public Schools

    It was a celebration and a bit of a goodbye for Chatfield football standout Dalton Keene on Jan. 6.

    A couple of dozen students, coaches, faculty and family were on hand on the final day of winter break for students to give Keene a sendoff before he moves on. While National Letter of Intent Signing Day is Feb. 1, Keene will already be enrolled and taking classes at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., by then.