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Today's News

  • Inter-Canyon Fire officially pursuing November ballot question

    During a special meeting Friday, Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District officially decided to pursue a property tax increase in the upcoming general election.

    In addition to a 3-mill property tax increase, which results in an additional $7 a month in taxes for a home valued at $400,000, Inter-Canyon voters will face a question about “de-Gallagher-izing” the district. If approved, this ballot measure would lock the district in at its current residential assessment rate of 7.2 percent in an effort to avoid the impact of the Gallagher Amendment.

  • Morrison’s Holiday Bar keeps liquor license

    After a lengthy discussion during its Aug. 21 meeting, the Morrison Town Board agreed to let the Morrison Holiday Bar keep its liquor license without any conditions.

  • Jeffco residents can comment on updates to master plan

    It’s not quite time to update Jefferson County’s comprehensive master plan, but the county planning and zoning department is thinking ahead and including the public in the process.

    When it comes time to update the plan, will changes focus on a specific land use, such as housing or commercial centers? Or will there be a focus on a specific geographic area like South Plains Area Plan, which covers South Jeffco, or the Evergreen Area Community Plan or the Conifer/285 Corridor Community Plan?

  • Eight accused of operating identity theft ring

    Eight people have been indicted on 68 counts of theft, identity theft and more for allegedly operating an identity theft ring in Jefferson County and elsewhere in the metro area between December 2017 and April 2018.

    Four men and four women are accused of operating the ring, which affected at least 26 merchants and 14 victims, according to the indictment. Six of the eight have been arrested, while two suspects — Faith Knight and Dwone Ector — remain at large.

    The following individuals have been arrested:

    • Jacob Westfall, 20.

  • A Little Help connects seniors with neighbors

    Age may bring wisdom, but it can also bring challenges. Luckily, a local nonprofit organization is here to provide “a little help.”

    A Little Help, an organization that connects seniors with neighbors, began in Denver in 2005. Recently, however, it started moving into southern Jefferson County. Volunteers provide rides, conversation and help around the house.

    While rides to appointments are certainly important, the social aspect is arguably even more valuable.

  • Participants decorate rocks to spread kindness

    Recently, while perusing the shelves at a library in Denver, Lisa Fladung found a rock decorated with a thoughtful message.

    It made her day.

    Ultimately, she discovered the rock was part of the Kindness Rocks Project, and Fladung, a patron experience associate at the Columbine Library, decided to host a rock-decorating event at her library so she could reciprocate the kindness she received and involve the community in the process.

  • Swimmers raise nearly $200,000 for cancer research at inaugural event

    A gleam of sunshine reflected off Chatfield Reservoir on Sunday morning as swimmers dashed into the water on the count of 10.

    It didn’t matter whether the swimmers were participating in the 5K, mile or half-mile. After all, Sunday wasn’t a race. It was a fundraiser for cancer research.

  • Columbine softball stuns Mullen

    LITTLETON — Columbine softball’s offense was on fire during Tuesday’s game against Mullen, though it took a little while to heat up.

    Mullen, ranked No. 5 in 4A in the latest CHSAANow.com poll, came out swinging in the first few innings and kept the Rebels at bay — but the Rebels won 7-5. In the bottom of the fourth inning, after going down 5-1, Daysha Mendez had had enough.

    With the bases loaded, the senior center fielder swung for the fences and succeeded, sending the ball over the center-field wall. It never had a chance of staying in.

  • Eagles fall in school’s first field hockey game

    DENVER — In its first game under the Dakota Ridge veil, the Jeffco girls field hockey team often found itself on the defensive.

    The Eagles just couldn’t stick it to Cherry Creek in their season-opening 8-0 loss to the Bruins, but they did get a major boost from sophomore goalie Megan Jackson.

    “I think she’s really taken what she’s learned in these last two and a half weeks and really transformed herself into an awesome goalie,” said head coach Jessica Summers.

  • Columbine football opens with solid win

    By Dennis Pleuss

    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine football proved it can — and will — throw the ball through the air this season.

    The Rebels’ passing game actually opened up the running game on opening night on Aug. 23 at Jeffco Stadium. Columbine senior quarterback Logan DeArment connected with junior Luke Folsom on a 73-yard touchdown pass on the Rebels’ fifth offensive play from scrimmage.