Today's News

  • Jefferson County prohibits electronic-smoking devices in buildings

    Jeffco has banned electronic cigarettes and similar devices from county buildings.

    The addition of electronic smoking devices such as electronic cigarettes and tobacco and marijuana vaporizers to the current ban on smoking tobacco and marijuana is due in part to the increasing popularity of the products, said Deputy County Administrator Kate Newman. 

  • Wanted: a few good volunteers

    Warning: Serving as a volunteer for Jeffco Parks and Open Space could be habit-forming. 

    Of the more than 500 people that volunteer year-round with the department, most have been doing it for several years, if not for a decade or longer. 

  • Inter-Canyon Fire has 4 board seats up for election in May

    Four board seats are up for election this May in the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District, which has faced financial challenges in the wake of a former chief being charged with stealing $643,000.

    So far, only incumbents Michael Reddy, Joseph Marcus, Karl Firor and Leslie Caimi are running; all signed self-nomination forms at Inter-Canyon’s board meeting Feb. 12.

    Marcus’ seat has a two-year term. Ralph Dreher’s term ends in May 2016.

  • Jeffco native competing in Sochi Olympics

    Olympic cross-country skier Noah Hoffman has fond memories of his childhood in west Jefferson County, playing behind the Hiwan Homestead Museum and at Bergen Meadow Elementary School.

    Hoffman, 24, who lived in Indian Hills and then in Evergreen until he was 7, is a member of the U.S. Nordic ski team and is competing in three events in Sochi, Russia. So far, he has placed 35th in the cross-country men’s skiathlon and 31st in the cross-country men’s classic. He will compete in the 50K skate race on Feb. 23.

  • West Metro firefighter dies

    A West Metro firefighter died Saturday night while off duty.

    Mike Miller, a 39-year-old firefighter and paramedic with West Metro Fire Rescue, died in his sleep Feb. 15. Miller had served with West Metro for seven years.

    “(Miller) was a valued member who was committed to serving our citizens in a professional and caring manner,” West Metro Fire Rescue Fire Chief Don Lombardi said in a news release. “Mike will be greatly missed.”

    Miller is survived by his wife and daughter.

  • A bad ending; positive steps needed

    You had to know it wouldn’t end well. And it didn’t!

  • Sports briefs

    Chatfield Senior High hosting youth clinic on March 1

    Chatfield Senior High School will be hosting a spring youth baseball clinic on March 1 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the school’s baseball field.
    Players will be working on hitting, throwing and fielding skills.
    The clinic is open to boys and girls ages 8-14. Cost is $45, which includes lunch.
    In case of inclement weather, the clinic will be held indoors in the school’s auxiliary gym.

  • Chargers’ Seeman captures regionals

    AURORA — Chatfield’s Dylan Seeman went 4-0, including a 4-2 decision over Smoky Hill’s Demarcus Curtis, to win the 5A Region 1 championship at 195 pounds on Feb. 15 at Cherokee Trail High School.
    Teammate Wilson George also qualified for the 5A state tournament, set for Feb. 20-22 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, by placing second at 182 pounds. He reached the finals with a pair of decisions before falling to Ponderosa’s Dylan Gabel in 1 minute, 37 seconds.

  • Columbine rested, tuned up for the playoffs

    Forrest Czarnecki and his goaltending counterpart Evan King were the beneficiaries of the Columbine Rebels clinching their first postseason hockey berth a week early.
    Because the Rebels were locked in as the sixth seed out of the Foothills Conference, Czarnecki and King, not Ashton Opperman, started Columbine’s final two games.

  • Eagles keep Chatfield from locking up Jeffco title

    Dakota Ridge has Chatfield’s number. At least, this year it does.
    For the second time in a month, the Eagles befuddled the Chargers — the only team to do so in the 5A Jeffco League this season — posting a 74-66 victory on Feb. 14 at Chatfield Senior High School. The loss kept the Chargers’ second straight conference title on hold for a few more days.