Today's News

  • Tait, Rebels enter golf season with chip on their shoulders

    A year ago, Michael Tait was only a freshman. Yet, at times, he was Columbine's best player. Head coach Tim Capra will tell you that. That's not to say, however, that Tait's veins were filled with ice water. They certainly weren't.

    “It was pretty nerve-racking going in as a freshman to varsity,” Tait said.

  • The ultimate challenge: Burn victim ready for second year in Deer Creek Challenge bike race

    Don Keller, 53, has faced his share of challenges — some he didn’t willingly choose, such as heart disease and an explosion that burned over 40 percent of his body and destroyed his home.

    But Keller has chosen to face, for the second year in a row, the Deer Creek Challenge Cycling Race on Aug. 19. The race, in its third year, is a benefit for Conifer’s Mountain Resource Center.

  • Gone country

    Get ready, music fans, because country music legend Charlie Daniels is going to show you how it’s done.

  • In defense of Ted Cruz, the Tea Party

    Last week, Ted Cruz won the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Texas over a better-known, better-funded opponent. If you’ve followed the race, the narrative from the press has essentially been that Cruz is a Tea Party-backed firebrand whose knee-jerk ideology presages a rightward lurch for the GOP.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    The bang of the gravel

  • When lightning strikes twice

    Lightning does strike twice: Just ask the South Jeffco man and his 9-months’-pregnant wife who had two lightning-related experiences in one week and survived with no physical scars to show for it.

    On July 24 a lightning strike took out a branch of a huge dead tree in the couple’s backyard about 9 p.m. while they were in the house. The next week, a bolt nearly blew them off the path around a lake where they were taking a stroll.

  • Library copes with lower revenue in 2013

    The Jeffco Public Library board on Aug. 2 approved a preliminary $26 million bare-bones budget for 2013 that includes no layoffs or closings and anticipates transferring about $1.4 million from the reserve fund to pay for operating expenses. At the end of the year, the projected fund balance would stand at about $8 million.

  • Developers’ request for park-fee relief denied

     While agreeing that the subject of park-and-rec development fees needs to be addressed, the county commissioners on July 31 rejected a developer's plea to reduce the fee for the 250-unit Kipling Commons apartment complex on 9 acres at West Quincy Avenue and South Kipling Parkway.

    The developer proposed to pay $2,600 per unit, while the county maintained the fee would be closer to $4,600 per unit, with zero property set aside for parks.

  • Rezoning for dog day-care center approved

    A former day-care center for children at Ken Caryl Avenue and South Carr Street could become a day-care center for dogs after rezoning, with restrictions, was approved July 31 by the county commissioners on a 2-1 vote.

    Commissioners Don Rosier and John Odom voted to approve the building's possible use as a dog day-care center. Commissioner Faye Griffin voted no.

  • Auditor’s report confirms accuracy of county's financial statement

    Outside financial examiners hired to perform a comprehensive audit report concluded that Jefferson County’s financial statements are free of material misstatements.

    Audit partner Kim Huggins of CPA firm EideBailly of Golden presented results of the 235-page study on July 31 at a regular monthly briefing session with the county commissioners. The study is available online at http://jeffco.us/acct/acct_T135_R4.htm.