Today's News

  • 2012-13 school budget eliminates 31 positions

    The Jefferson County school board approved the district’s 2012-13 budget on a 4-1 vote June 7, which includes continuing pay cuts and furlough days district-wide. Also, some 31 positions will be cut.

    Some $15 million in cuts are spread through various departments. However, the board continued to provide some funding to the Outdoor Lab Schools.

    The school’s total 2012-13 budget is $931 million, down very slightly from last year’s total budget of $932 million. The budget includes a $605 million general fund.

  • STEM class cultivates science and engineering

    The word "stem" usually conjures images of a flower or plant, but in Jeffco schools the STEM program — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — has been blossoming for the past several years.

    At Deer Creek Middle School, the eighth-grade STEM class is designed to propel students into the next century. STEM students participate in future-city competitions and solar-car competitions, among others.

  • Sports briefs

    Chatfield camps set for July 31-Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-9

    Chatfield’s girls volleyball team will be hosting a camp July 31-Aug. 3 for players in grades 5-8 and for high school students, grades 9-12, from Aug. 6-9 at Chatfield Senior High School.
    Cost is $50.
    For more information, including times for the camps, and registration information visit www.chatfieldvolleyball.com.
    High school tryouts will be held Aug. 13-15 at Chatfield Senior High School.


  • Spring all-conference track & field

    The following is the 5A all-conference Jeffco League track & field team for the 2012 spring season:


  • 2011-12 Coach of the Year: Andy Lowry

    Andy Lowry says he had no idea that the 2011 Columbine football season would be as special as it was. But, then again, that’s how the 48-year-old head coach approaches every season.
    Every year is a new year, but there was something special about the Rebels last year. From the time Columbine boarded a plane for Florida and a preseason kickoff classic through Dec. 3 at Sports Authority Field at Mile HIgh when it won its fifth 5A state title since 1999 the Rebels were a team of, well, destiny.

  • 2011-12 Athlete of the Year: Cameron McDondle

    Very little, if at all, did Cameron McDondle practice the final three weeks of the 2011 season. The Columbine Rebels running back couldn’t.
    Torn ligaments in his right ankle suffered in a second-round playoff game with Fairview severly hampered him. But it didn’t stop him. Far from it. Practice or no practice he was going to be there come game day.
    “I figured once I get on the field and the adrenaline is going I don’t care what injuries I have as long as I can run and perform at my best,” McDondle said.

  • County critic wins appeal in 2009 First Amendment case

    An appeals court has ruled that Jeffco critic and talk-show host Mike Zinna is entitled to receive reasonable attorney fees beyond the $8,000 he initially was awarded in connection with his 2009 First Amendment lawsuit against former Jefferson County commissioner Jim Congrove, who died Jan. 10 of heart failure.

    As a result of the decision, published June 5, county taxpayers are potentially on the hook for thousands of dollars in legal fees. The exact amount of the appropriate fee is to be determined by a lower court.

  • Stroud aims to upset DeGette in CD1

    Lifelong Republican, West Point graduate, Harley-Davidson motorcycle rider and small-business owner Dan Stroud believes he has the formula for successfully defeating U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette in the 1stCongressional District.

    His campaign slogan is "Regret DeGette? Vote Dan Stroud, CD1."

    Stroud and truck driver Richard Murphy are on the GOP ballot in the June 26 primary in CD1; the winner faces DeGette in the Nov. 6 general election.

  • "Mystery trucker" sets sights on DeGette

    After emerging on the political scene from virtually nowhere, Richard Murphy, a down-to-earth, 61-year-old trucker and Vietnam vet from Green Valley Ranch in northeast Denver, is jockeying to be the Republican anti-war candidate against veteran politician Diana DeGette in CD1.

    DeGette has served 17 years in Congress and won election eight times. After redistricting, South Jeffco is now in the newly reconfigured 1st Congressional District, with the Democrat DeGette the incumbent. It was previously in the 6th, with incumbent Republican Mike Coffman.

  • Food vendors face new regulations at farmers markets

    The upscale food-court atmosphere that prevails at so many farmers markets has prompted Jeffco health authorities to impose stricter regulations on food vendors selling items typically offered at restaurants.

    Some small-business operators are complaining, and some are choosing to take their offerings elsewhere.