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Today's News

  • Longtime officer Shires running for sheriff

     For Jim Shires, his candidacy for Jeffco sheriff came down to putting up or shutting up. 

    Shires, a sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office, said he wanted to lead the agency he’s been part of for more than 28 years in a much-needed turnaround. He pointed to the high employee turnover rate in the Sheriff’s Office as a sign the organization needs new leadership. 

  • Choice enrollment for Jeffco parents begins in January

    Jeffco parents who wish to enroll a child in a district school other than their neighborhood school can take advantage of the choice enrollment process next month.

    The first period of enrollment begins Jan. 8 and closes Jan. 24. A second enrollment period is offered from Feb. 19 to Aug. 30.

    “The second period is offered for parents who missed the first round or maybe just moved into the county,” said Melissa Reeves, spokeswoman for Jeffco Public Schools.

  • Kerr to chair state Senate’s Education Committee

    Jeffco will retain its voice on the state Senate’s Education Committee, but now that voice will be at the panel’s helm. 

    State Sen. Andy Kerr, D-District 22, has been named chairman of the Senate Education Committee for the 2014 legislative session. Kerr served as a member of the committee during the 2013 legislative session. 

    Kerr takes over for former state senator Evie Hudak, who resigned Nov. 27 in the face of a potential recall election over her support of new gun regulations.

  • The Year in Review

    South Jeffco saw its fair share of athletic accomplishments during 2013, including playoff appearances for Chatfield’s boys soccer, baseball and hockey, and girls soccer teams, and a near top-10 state finish for Dakota Ridge cross country runner Carson Hume. And those were some of the stories that didn’t make the list. The Columbine Courier looks back at 10 stories that highlighted the year of 2013.

    A REBEL WITH A CAUSE

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Mad for business

  • Robbers mace customers, employees at Verizon store

    Twenty-one people were sprayed with mace on Dec. 29 by two men who robbed the Verizon store at Southwest Plaza.

    The perpetrators broke the locking mechanism on two iPhone display models about 4 p.m., setting off an alarm, Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said.

    As the pair tried to leave the store, Kelley said, one of the suspects pulled out a can of mace and discharged it twice.

  • Resident rallies to cause of prairie dog colony on Foothills’ land

    When Gina Writz heard that a parcel of open-space land near her house was being sold by the Foothills Park and Recreation District, she had one question: What would become of the prairie dogs that lived there?

    Writz, a lifelong resident of South Jeffco, was disturbed to find out that the only plan for the 50 or so rodent residents was for them to be exterminated. 

  • Jefferson County to set up slash burner — but where?

    To address the county’s growing need to dispose of slash, Jeffco is moving forward with finding a permanent slash collection site and using a “curtain burner” to dispose of it.

    “We are looking for a permanent collection site,” said Mark Gutke of the Jeffco Office of Emergency Management. “The goal would be to have that site collect slash year-round and burn it when the weather permits.”

  • Lockheed Martin selected for study related to manned Mars mission

    The human journey to Mars may start in Jeffco. 

    Lockheed Martin Corp.’s South Jeffco-based division has been selected by Mars One, a Netherlands-based nonprofit, for a $250 million mission concept study.

    The project will study the feasibility of adapting Lockheed Martin’s Phoenix Mars rover for a 2018 mission to Mars. The Phoenix lander was originally built, designed and operated by Lockheed Martin for NASA’s mission to Mars in 2008.

  • Inter-Canyon installing electronic locks at fire stations

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is installing electronic locks at all four of the district’s stations to increase security.

    “Each (Inter-Canyon) member will be assigned a key and will have to carry it with them,” said Dan Hatlestad, firefighter and paramedic with Inter-Canyon.