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Today's News

  • Fear and loathing on local campaign trail

    If all politics is local, a phrase coined by former House speaker Tip O’Neill, then Colorado’s U.S. Senate race has come home to roost in the coverage areas of our three Jeffco newspapers.

    No less than three of the current 12 Republican candidates for the seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet hail from Jefferson County, and that trio’s political careers have been covered closely by our papers.

  • There’s more to see outdoors in winter than you think

    (Reprinted from Feb. 10, 2015)

    It often seems like there is not much to see in the outdoors in winter, but if you look around, you will be surprised at how much activity there is. Tracks in the snow will inform you about the animals that have been visiting your area, and weeds that last summer were stalks standing above the snow will inform you about what grew in your yard last summer.

  • Jeffco resistant to changes in election rules

    Jeffco officials last week slammed proposed changes in election rules from the secretary of state’s office, saying moves toward requiring all counties to use the same election system would create an unfair monopoly.

    Among Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ proposed changes is a proposal to certify only a single election system, Dominion Voting Systems, a change from the past, when counties have been able to choose among several vendors.

  • County commission candidate focuses on property rights

    County commission candidate Frank Teunissen said he will bring a commitment to personal property rights to county government if elected.

    The Lakewood resident, a Republican, is running in the November election for the District 2 commission seat currently held by Democrat Casey Tighe. Tighe is running for re-election.

  • Appeals court upholds decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information

    A Jeffco judge’s decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information and not confidential personnel information was upheld in a Jan. 14 state Court of Appeals decision.

    Judges Steve Bernard, Robert Hawthorne and Anthony Navarro upheld a 2015 decision against the Jefferson County Education Association, which sought to prevent the Jeffco school district from releasing the names of teachers who were absent from work during “sick-outs” at several schools in late 2014. More than one Jeffco resident had requested the information.

  • County set to authorize centralized dispatch center

    Jeffco’s long-awaited centralized emergency dispatch center is a month away from being officially authorized, but some details — including how much foothills-area fire departments will be charged for the services — are still unclear.

    The plan to consolidate several county dispatch operations into a single center called JeffCom has been in the works for several years, and Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader said at a Jan. 19 meeting that the agency should be ready to “go live” in July 2017.

  • Music, hiking, scenic views: Red Rocks Park glows on winter days

    You can hear John Denver singing “Rocky Mountain High” at the Trading Post at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

    The late musician is featured prominently in a Colorado Music Hall of Fame exhibit, which includes a video of his performances at Red Rocks in the 1970s. In a room dedicated to Denver, visitors can gaze at a guitar he once played and see stage outfits he wore and handwritten lyrics he composed.

  • Kinnikinnick provides green during gray of winter

    (Reprinted from Jan. 23, 2013)

    Green is not a color you expect to see this time of year when you look out the window. Ponderosa pines are nearly totally dormant and give an appearance of being black when seen against the snow.

  • The beat generation

    Students at Wilmot Elementary are marching to the beat of different drums — and other percussion instruments, too.

    Each month, professional drummer Dean Oldencott of Evergreen visits music classes to take students on a percussion journey — beginning with tribal drums, and moving on to marimbas and other instruments — and he’s teaching them progressively more complex rhythms.

    He is the school’s artist-in-residence this year, and rather than teach students for one block of time, he’s spread his teaching over the entire year.

  • Evergreen runs out of time in Golden

    GOLDEN — Evergreen couldn’t dish out a big favor to the rest of the teams in the Class 4A Jeffco League on Jan. 20 at Golden High School.

    The Cougars (9-4, 3-2 in league) had the opportunity to reel the conference-leading Demons (10-3, 6-0) back to the pack a little. However, Evergreen’s flurry of five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter wasn’t enough as Golden hung on to take a 59-55 victory.