Local News

  • Missing South Jeffco girl found safe

    A South Jeffco teen who apparently ran away from home in the early-morning hours Tuesday has been found safe and is being reunited with her family.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office announced on its Twitter feed about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday that the 15-year-old girl was found near West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway. She had been discovered missing at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday from her home in the 9100 block of West Chatfield Drive, southeast of West Chatfield Avenue and Kipling.

  • Increase proposed in dog-licensing fee

    An increase is being proposed in Jeffco’s dog licensing fees to address a budget shortfall at Foothills Animal Shelter.

    A proposal to be voted on Aug. 4 by the county commissioners would boost the annual licensing fee for a spayed or neutered canine to $20 from $15. Spayed or neutered animals represent the vast majority of pets that are licensed. Dogs that are not altered now cost $30 to license.

    The county requires all dogs to be licensed. There is no requirement for cats or other pets to have a license.

  • Negotiations on teachers' contract stalled

    The negotiating teams for Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union are each waiting for the other side to make the next move after bargaining stalled two weeks ago over contract length.

  • School board recall organizers exceed signature-collection goal

    The group trying to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members has collected the signatures it needs to move forward with a recall election, a spokeswoman said.

    Jeffco United for Action over the weekend stopped gathering signatures to recall John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, according to spokeswoman Lynea Hansen. The group announced Tuesday afternoon that it had collected more than 110,000 signatures.

  • Bike race to roll through downtown Littleton

    Nationally ranked cyclists will cruise downtown Littleton streets on Saturday, Aug. 1, as part of the Littleton Twilight Criterium.

    The race, in its third year, will have cyclists zipping through a 1.3-kilometer course that loops through historic downtown at speeds close to 40 mph.

    This year’s race is sanctioned by USA Cycling and is part of the Professional National Criterium Calendar, said Becky Motchan, marketing and event coordinator with the city. That means professional bicycle teams from across the country will be coming to Littleton to compete.

  • Critics of school board recall take issue with petition language

    The petition to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members levels several major accusations at the trio — and their supporters don’t agree with the language.

    Opponents of the recall effort, which is aimed at school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, have called the petition language inaccurate.

    Supporters of the recall disagree and say the petition language is both accurate and shows justification for their efforts.

  • Littleton man, 18, dies when SUV hits tree

    An 18-year-old Littleton man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Saturday night when the SUV he was driving struck a tree.

    Evan Carlson died about 9 p.m. Saturday when his westbound 1999 Chevrolet Suburban struck a tree in the median on West Mineral Avenue near Long Drive, according to the Littleton Police Department. Carlson was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  • Accident on C-470 kills Morrison man

    A Morrison resident was killed Friday morning in a two-car crash in the westbound lanes of C-470 near Platte Canyon Road, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    Tyler Spier, 22, died in the accident, which occurred about 7 a.m. when Spier's 2007 Subaru sedan collided with a 2008 Dodge SUV, State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis reported. The driver of the SUV, Steven Latino Jr., 28, of Parker was not injured. 

  • South Jeffco man arrested after girlfriend is found injured

    A South Jeffco man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on July 13 after his girlfriend was found covered in blood and wandering around an apartment complex at night.

    The woman, who lived in the complex in the 3500 block of South Nelson Circle with her boyfriend, was found by a resident who attempted to give aid and called 911. She was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. 

  • Commissioners wary of pilot marijuana program

    Jeffco’s county commissioners will decide soon if the county should develop a pilot program to allow recreational marijuana cultivation and manufacturing.

    The key question for the commissioners: Is it worth county resources and staff time to develop a program that could potentially be so restrictive that no businesses would apply?