Local News

  • CD 1’s taxicab congressional hopeful looking forward to election

    It might not have been part of the plan, but for about the last year Casper Stockham has been talking a lot of politics with Denver area residents.

    Born and raised in Bridgeport, Conn., Stockham, 56, is an Air Force veteran who was a noncommissioned officer who specialized in crypto-communications. Stockham served in the Air Force for 17 years and was transferred to Colorado in 1989 just before his military career came to an end.

  • Hundreds participate in Lights On Afterschool event at Foothills

    More than 300 South Jeffco students participated last Thursday in a special after-school celebration at the Foothills Park & Recreation District.

  • Music to their ears

    Choirs from 14 Jeffco high schools — including Dakota Ridge, Columbine and Chatfield — congregated at Arvada High School on Oct. 20 to perform an informal concert for one another.

    Called the Jeffco Sing-In, the musical event has more than a 20-year history. It provides a chance for the concert choirs to listen to each other in a non-competitive atmosphere. In fact, choirs are asked not to wear school colors or choir outfits. Each choir can perform up to two songs of any genre.

  • Gaining the toughest yards

    The glow of the October sun sinks behind the mountains lining the Chatfield Senior High School football field. A whistle blows; the game is over; the crowd cheers loudly — Chatfield wins.

    Sophomore running back Alex Malone, No. 18, who moved in June to South Jeffco from Texas, jogs off the field to join his team in celebration.

  • A scary good time: Haunted house raises funds for St. Jude’s Hospital

    Some families are crazy about Thanksgiving, while others prefer Christmas, Hanukkah or Easter.

    But for Debbie Christensen and her family, it’s all about Halloween.

    With the help of her children and siblings, the South Jeffco resident creates a haunted house in the front yard of her home each year. Through word of mouth and social media, the haunted house has continued to grow in its 15 or so years, and now Christensen and her family use it as a means of raising funds for organizations like Make-A-Wish and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  • Ghouls are this girl’s best friend

    A black storage box sits under Shay Langley’s bed in her South Jeffco home, but it doesn’t contain extra clothes or shoes.

    Instead, it’s where she keeps a charred flap of skin, a mutated eyeball, a gaping, bloody mouth.

    Yet what might scare many inspires the 14-year-old special-effects makeup artist. In fact, she lives for the horrified gasps that the art inside her “creepy little monster case” creates.

  • South Jeffco home damaged by fire

    A South Jeffco home was damaged by fire Sunday afternoon after flames ignited in the garage and spread.

    Crews from West Metro Fire responded to a house on Ridge Tree Drive about 3:49 p.m.

    “The owner was home at the time. When our crews got there, he was out on the front lawn” said West Metro spokeswoman Ronda Scholting.

    No one was injured in the blaze.

  • Jeffco authorities participate in cross-country operation targeting sex traffickers

    The FBI’s Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force and local law enforcement partners — including the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and district attorney — last week targeted sex traffickers who put children up for sale in Colorado and Wyoming, arresting 11 pimps and 32 customers, and recovering nine children.

  • Witness dodges gunfire, helps cops nab robbery suspects

    A witness to the robbery of a South Jeffco liquor store who tried to follow the fleeing perpetrators dodged gunfire before giving authorities information that led to two arrests.

    Several people stole liquor at 11 a.m. Friday from the store in the 9000 block of West Peakview Drive, according to a news release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    The perpetrators fired at a witness who attempted to follow their car, but the witness was uninjured and provided identifying information to authorities, the Sheriff’s Office said.

  • Jeffco faces challenges as wages increase but fail to keep pace with housing costs

    Wages in the county are up slightly in 2016 compared to 2015, but rental rates and home prices continue to outpace the rise in salaries, making it difficult for many employees to live in the county where they work, according to a recent economic report.