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Today's News

  • County proclaims day celebrating Mother Cabrini

    Exactly 100 years after she died, Jeffco honored Mother Frances Cabrini’s contributions to Colorado and the county by declaring a day in her honor.

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Friday, Dec. 22, as St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Day in recognition of her overall legacy and her shrine in Golden.

  • Take care of the easy stuff

    New Year’s resolutions for 2018 are coming soon. Bah humbug. I’d rather recommend resolutions for other folks to make. Resolutions to change not just big stuff, but everyday annoyances. And this doesn’t even pertain to people in the world’s scariest spots like the Middle East. North Korea. The White House.

  • Traits of political success moving forward

    After voters elected Democrat Doug Jones to the United States Senate in what had been considered to be reliably Republican Alabama last week, several national pundits argued that if a Democrat could win in Alabama, that Democrats will win across the board in 2018 and that Jones’ victory is effectively a death knell for the Republican Party.

  • To tree or not to tree

    While hiking near Edwards last week, my friend and I spotted a curious pattern of a broad object that seemed to have swept down the snowy path not long before we arrived.
    As we reflected on the beauty of our frosty surroundings, the thickets of evergreen trees with diverse shapes and sizes reminded us that ‘tis the season for folks to head for the woods with a saw and, permit in hand, choose the perfect tree to drag along the path (in this case, for a painfully long distance), and tie to the roof of the car for the trip home.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Known where-abouts

  • Schaenzle remembers, honors her daughter with goal to run 5Ks in national parks

    Anna Rose Schaenzle was the whole package — compassionate, friendly, athletic, strong, intelligent and giving.
    “She was the most wonderful child,” her mom Gil Schaenzle said of the 21-year-old who died of a rare form of cancer called neuroendocrine tumors in March 2017. “I always felt blessed that I had gotten to be her mom. … Someone at her funeral said Anna didn’t care if you were black or white, gay or straight. She just loved you.”

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    PCSD school board votes to boost two administrative salaries

    The base hiring salaries for two vacant administrative positions in the Platte Canyon School District will increase after school board members approved last week a proposal by Superintendent Brenda Krage to boost salaries in order to attract more qualified candidates.

  • EFPD approves spending authorization for Jeffcom

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District will contribute more than $500,000 to the 2018 budget for Jeffcom, the Lakewood-based dispatch center that is taking over emergency dispatch operations for eight different fire, rescue and other law enforcement operations in Jefferson County next year.

  • Elk Creek to purchase used ambulance

    The Elk Creek fire board approved last Thursday the purchase of a used ambulance for use in the Elk Creek Fire Protection District while one of the district’s other ambulances is repaired next year.

    Discussed at length Dec. 14, the ambulance is being purchased from a fire district in Chicago, has about 60,000 miles on it and is two-wheel drive. According to Deputy Fire Chief Jacob Ware, the department pursued the purchase on grounds that it was more cost-effective than renting an ambulance for three-and-a-half months next spring.

  • Layoffs, budget cuts hit Elk Creek Fire after loss of property tax revenue

    The Elk Creek Fire Protection District will lay off at least one full-time staffer, table needed equipment upgrades and implement several budget cuts next year after the Gallagher Amendment significantly reduced the district’s expected property tax revenue for 2018.