On Friday, opposition to new Jefferson County School Board proposals regarding teacher pay and history instruction focusing on "patriotism" exploded into action, with instructor sickouts leading to closures at two high schools, Standley Lake and Conifer, where students rallied to offer support. Now, ... More >>
Update: More details have emerged about last night's shooting outside Red Rocks, and it appears the shooter was targeting Schoolboy Q after his performance opening for Nas and Flying Lotus. Schoolboy Q had just gotten into a white SUV near the south entrance of the actual amphitheater when someone ... More >>
Update: Early yesterday morning, we told you about a Jefferson County group opposed to a plan to build a halfway house near the Jeffco fairgrounds; see our previous coverage below. Shortly after our post went live, members of the organization spoke to a Board of County Commissioners meeting -- and ... More >>
Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series of reports about biking and bike safety in Denver and beyond. Watch out, Denver, the suburbs are taking cycling seriously, too! We've reported on the dramatic rise of cyclists in Denver, and it turns out the healthy debate this news has sparked is also ... More >>
When my family members tried to check out last night's solar eclipse from a spot in Jefferson County, they saw...nothing, due to cloud cover. Those who gathered at CU-Boulder's Folsom Field had better luck, and that's a good thing -- because there were a record-setting 10,000 of them. See video of t ... More >>
Boosters have put the brakes to a proposal that would have formed a state beltway authority to allegedly smooth traffic snarls, but critics charged was really designed to grease the wheels for the completion of the northwest beltway, including a toll road past Rocky Flats.
For months the City of Golden met with Jefferson County and state authorities, trying to come up with a plan that would could increase and ease the flow of traffic in the metro area as it also protected the town. But those negotiations came to a halt at the very end of December, and Golden soon join ... More >>
As firefighters work to squelch the Lower North Fork Fire near Conifer once and for all, Jefferson County photos of the destruction to nature and property left in the blaze's wake can't help raising concern for the future. Given the dry conditions, will scenes like these be repeated for months to c ... More >>
Despite the efforts of Governor John Hickenlooper and Don Hunt, the head of the Colorado Department of Transportation, the negotiations with Golden, Jefferson County and the group that would build the Jefferson Parkway wound up going nowhere...fast. In mid-December, Golden outlined a $57 million tra ... More >>
Bigger pic below.For a school photo, a certain Jefferson County eighth-grader wore a cheerleading shirt. But right now, neither she nor her family has anything to cheer about. The thirteen-year-old is currently in custody, accused of trying to kill the other six members of her family by burn ... More >>
Jefferson County officials should not be encouraging pet owners to believe that "There Is No Poop Fairy." As the illustration above indicates, scat scofflaws won't respond to any poop-pickup commandments unless they are being watched over by real, live poop fairies...
Big sketch below.Update: Earlier this month, we told you about a Jefferson County bump-and-run robbery, in which a thief hit a car in front of him, then stole a purse after the driver got out to check the damage. At the time, Jeffco authorities said this wasn't an isolated incident -- and now ... More >>
Golden mayor Jacob Smith.Government officials in Jefferson County are negotiating with a Spanish construction company that is interested in financing, designing, building and operating the controversial Jefferson Parkway, a ten-mile toll road between State Highway 128 in Broomfield and State ... More >>
It took the Fourmile Canyon fire and the Reservoir Road fire to convince Boulder County and Larimer County to put fire bans in place; click here to read about the former, here to learn about the latter. Kudos, then, to Jefferson County and Golden, which have prohibited burning prior to blazes ... More >>
Colorado politics have become a feeding frenzy -- and from 5-7 p.m. tonight, you can mouth off with legislators at the same time you're stuffing your mouth at the annual "Indoor" Legislative BBQ, a gathering for legislators, elected officials, Jefferson County nonprofit agency staffers and b ... More >>
It's been more than a year since the initial bedlam over increased vehicle registration fees prompted some counties to pay off-duty police to keep angry citizens from lashing out at Motor Vehicle personnel. But Jefferson County is still spending a good chunk of the extra revenue to post priva ... More >>
Defendants again.Update, 4:17 p.m.: Comments from General Steel have been incorporated into the original post, published at 2:28 p.m. Colorado's General Steel Corporation is being sued in federal civil court for fresh allegations of fraud similar to those that cost the company more than $4.5 ... More >>
Daryll Glenn Brown, allegedly a terrible former spouse.On December 30, a woman was found dead in her home at 14192 W. 4th Avenue in Jefferson County, an area captured in the graphic on view below (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"). The victim was subsequently id ... More >>
Footprints Wellness to Jeffco: Don't tread on me.Ever since Centennial's dispensary ban was shot down in Arapahoe District Court a month ago, Colorado medical marijuana operations faced with similar moratoriums in other locales have refused to go quietly into the night. The latest dispute is ... More >>
The Meadowlark Trail in Jefferson County, courtesy of timmyjohn1's Flickr page. To have your photos featured in Morning Dew, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to the Westword Flickr pool.
In the movie The Dark Knight, the Joker conducts a nail-biting sociology experiment by rigging bombs on two ships -- one loaded with ordinary folk, the other transporting prisoners. A detonator for each bomb is then placed in the hands of the opposing camps, who are invited to blow up the oth ... More >>
A Flickr photo"Does anyone know a snow dance?" At 5 a.m. this morning, when Jefferson County officials decided to declare a snow day, there wasn't all that much of the stuff. Even in the Ken-Caryl Ranch area, near the foothills, only about an inch of it had collected on driveways. But Jeffers ... More >>
An aptitude for public speaking isn't a typical requirement for working at a movie theater -- unless you're employed at the Bowles Crossing 12, a Kerasotes-owned venue located in southern Jefferson County. (It's across the street from Clement Park; then-Vice President Al Gore gave a speech from its ... More >>
Nick Roberts. "'Block the Vote' co-author and Rolling Stone contributor Greg Palast on Colorado's troubled voting system," an October 29 blog, suggests that our fair state makes it mighty tough on folks who not only want to vote but are interested in their ballot counting. Here's one more anecdote ... More >>
The early voting center at 20th and Wadsworth. Like so many Coloradans, I had such unpleasant voting experiences the last two elections that this time around, I decided to do my civic duty well in advance of the first Tuesday in November. I requested a mail-in ballot and received it a couple of we ... More >>
Dukakis? I loved her in Moonstruck... Seen stuck to a bumper in the parking lot of a Jefferson County King Soopers this past weekend -- proof that some folks never give up on a lost cause. To borrow a phrase from another failed presidential candidate from back in the day: Keep hope alive! -- Micha ... More >>
Sarah Palin. Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin's raucous appearance at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds today was the sort of event that's more interesting and revealing when viewed in close-ups, not long views. Consider it to be the positive side of the parable ... More >>
The assembled multitude. The human rainbow in evidence throughout the Democratic National Convention events in Denver didn't exactly stretch over the Jefferson County Fairgrounds today, where Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke. I saw precisely three Africa ... More >>
I got to know the back of this car very, very well. Getting into the Jefferson County Fairgrounds for Sarah Palin's speech there today was a snap. Volunteers were extremely well organized, particularly given that the bash was originally supposed to be a pancake breakfast for 1,000 people, not an a ... More >>
What if your organization spent a lot of coin to conduct a poll whose conclusions you loved -- and no one noticed? That's what appears to have happened to the Lake Cedar Group, the consortium of area television stations eager to build a new broadcasting tower on Lookout Mountain. On May 31, Lake Ce ... More >>
From the week of October 7, 2004
A new measuring technique may allow higher broadcast emissions on Lookout Mountain.
Sunday Best: The Making of a Stadium, Invesco Field at Mile High
Charter schools are perfect for special-education kids. That's the problem.
It may take years to sort out what happened during the “missing” minutes at Columbine.
Denver's gain is Jeffco's pain.
Public schools accepting private-sector funds is becoming commonplace. But not everyone's money is good enough.
A proposed quarry gets bulldozed by irate residents.
for offenders arrested in jefferson county, speed is of the essence.
The rush to protect battered women has turned domestic violence into "the social issue of the nineties"-- and raised issues of fairness for both perpetrators and victims.
A "nonprofit" hospital gets its lucrative office buildings taken off the tax rolls.
THE WINNERS AND LOSERS AFTER A YEAR OF THE CHARTER-SCHOOL LAW.