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Today's News

  • Romberg: We deserve better

    In the last month Colorado’s two largest public universities have chosen new presidents. While it appears that Joyce McConnell, provost for the University of West Virginia, and Mark Kennedy, president of the University of North Dakota, are more than qualified to serve at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado, both schools continued their histories of ignoring the sunshine law and insulting Colorado taxpayers. They did so by blatantly snubbing their noses at the intent of the law that the public know who are finalists for these kinds of jobs.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Cracking wise

  • Inside the Outdoors: The intersection of cars and wildlife: What happens if you hit an animal?

    The sun is just breaking over the mountain as you drive to work, and a deer springs heedlessly and unavoidably into your path.

    Later in the evening, the shadows are long across the road as dusk settles. As you crest the last hill before home, you are greeted with the sight of two elk standing innocently, but at their peril, in the road.

  • County dollars secured for PorchLight Family Justice Center

    Jefferson County will officially provide funds for PorchLight Family Justice Center after the center successfully raised more than $100,000 in a little more than a month.

    During a staff briefing in February, the county committed to match funds up to $250,000 if PorchLight received at least $100,000 in funding from a number of potential sources by April. District Attorney Pete Weir and others associated with the project attended an April 9 staff briefing to share that the goal had been met.

  • Plans still unclear regarding D’Evelyn sixth-grade transition

    While district-wide discussions about a sixth-grade transition at D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School and Dennison Elementary have been ongoing for months, the Jeffco school board has yet to determine how to proceed.

    Members of a task force comprised of faculty and parent representatives from both D’Evelyn and its feeder school Dennison Elementary as well as district representatives initially came before the board in January with a plan to transition sixth-grade students out of Dennison and into D’Evelyn.

  • Hiwan Hills property owner withdraws lot application

    A hearing to decide whether to remand a case back to the Jeffco Planning Commission ended in the applicant withdrawing his proposal altogether.

  • Care for the Earth all about fun, education — and Neffy the goat

    Many activities kept kids busy and learning at the Care for the Earth Fair on Saturday, but none was quite as popular as Neffy.

    Neffy, a 3-month-old Nubian goat, walked among the booths with her owner Lori Tigner with Westfarm Goats in Morrison. Neffy was born three months premature, so Tigner hand-raised her in the house.

    “She a house goat,” Tigner said as she showed Neffy to attendees. Her full name is Nefertari, which means “beautiful companion.”

  • Cadets learn about aviation, emergency response

    As the sun began its evening descent behind the Front Range, dozens of camouflaged cadets took to the lawn of Waterstone Community Church with radios in hand.

    The cadets, all members of the Dakota Ridge squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, spent much of Monday evening learning to communicate via radio in preparation for an upcoming event in which they’ll be assisting with parking and security. But that is just a fraction of what the group learns through CAP.

  • Firefighters aid deer who fell through the ice on Evergreen Lake

    Evergreen firefighters made a water rescue at Evergreen Lake Saturday morning — not of a person or a pet, but a young deer.

    The deer fell through the ice on the southeast end of the lake above the dam, and a woman who was jogging around the lake at about 7:30 a.m. called 911. About 15 firefighters responded, with two putting on their ice-rescue gear to climb into the frigid water to help the wild animal.

  • News Briefs

    Fire guts Aspen Park home
    Firefighters from three mountain-area fire departments spent hours Friday night putting out a blaze that destroyed a home in Aspen Park.
    According to Elk Creek FIre Protection District, when firefighters arrived on scene at 25758 Rea Avenue, a few miles east of JJ Madwells, they found about 50 percent of the house on fire. The home eventually was a total loss, but there were no injuries.
    The call came in at 10:15 p.m. A cause is still under investigation.