Local News

  • Pedals power the commute

    Leave for work at 6 a.m. Turn onto the road. Drop down into a lower gear to get up the hill. Push the pedal down. Now the other one. Breathe in. Breathe out.

    The first mile takes more than five minutes. The 19 more to the office will be much the same.

    Thousands of Coloradans had this experience on their way to work June 22. But rather than sitting in traffic jams, they were biking to their jobs.

  • Young actors take on 'The Magical Land of Oz'

    Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Tin Woman are walking through the forest when they suddenly come upon the Cowardly Lion. With a great roar, he frightens them out of their wits.

    Suddenly, overhead, an alarm sounds, and an automated voice tells everyone to leave the building or call the school district.

    “See,” Dorothy tells the Cowardly Lion, “you’re so scary, you set off the security alarm!”

  • Hikers raising money, awareness for veterans’ causes

    Operation: New Trails.

    It sounds like a military operation, and, in some small and unofficial way, it is. More than 60 hikers from across the nation — including one from Canada — are taking to the Colorado Trail this week to raise money and awareness for wounded veterans.

  • CASA volunteers provide a voice, support for kids dealing with courts

    A girl named Sally lives in Jeffco with one of her parents, who has a substance abuse problem, and there have been allegations of neglect and/or abuse. The case is going to court, and Sally is scared and confused.

    In cases like this hypothetical one, the child may be assigned one of Jeffco’s court-appointed special advocate volunteers, who will be a constant in her life. The volunteer would meet Sally on a weekly basis to make sure all her needs are met.

  • West Metro Fire hosts 11-day technical rescue course

    A construction worker is trapped in a trench, with a 20-inch pipe pinning his torso and legs. He’s stuck in a confined and unstable space, being crushed under a large structure. He should be terrified, but he isn’t.

    This scenario was an exercise — the final test, actually — for firefighters enrolled in West Metro Fire’s technical rescue course.

  • Library’s new IT director hopes to expand digital offerings

    The new IT director at the Jeffco Public Library hopes to expand the reach of digital materials and services.

    Pat Klein, who officially takes over the information technology department this week, is excited to help his own community after working for the city of Denver’s IT department for the past 15 years. Klein is a resident of Golden.

  • Jeffco Public Library to seek tax increase

    The Jeffco Public Library is planning to ask county residents for a property-tax increase in the fall.

    The library board voted at its May meeting to put a tax increase on the November ballot but did not decide on the exact amount, said library spokeswoman Rebecca Winning. Winning said that, as of now, the board is considering a 1-mill increase.

    “They haven’t decided because we’re waiting to see where the assessed valuations come in, because we don’t want to ask for more money than we need,” Winning said.

  • Littleton council amends construction-defects ordinance

    The Littleton City Council amended its new construction-defects ordinance June 2 to allow for a cash-settlement option between homeowners and builders as an alternative to pursuing repairs.

    The original ordinance, approved May 5, gives builders of condos, townhomes and other multifamily housing a “right to repair” faulty work before facing legal action. Also, it requires that a majority of homeowners approve legal action — not just a majority of HOA board members.

  • Attorney named to vacant seat on Foothills board

    An attorney with experience in public administration has been selected to fill a vacant seat on the Foothills Park and Recreation District board.

    Lori Bosanko was selected by the Foothills board June 2 to complete the term of Terri Maulik, who represented Ward 5. Maulik resigned from the board in May after moving to Parker with her family.

  • County wants to streamline process for adjusting pet-license fees

    Jefferson County wants to streamline the process for changing the annual fee to license a pet — even though no fee adjustment is currently on the table.

    The change would move pet licensing from the realm of county ordinance to simple policy — eliminating the months-long process now needed to increase or decrease the fee. The proposed change will be considered at a public hearing June 23 before the county commissioners.