Local News

  • State to Jeffco: Please return $360,000

    An error by the state apparently resulted in an overpayment of almost $360,000 over three years to the Jeffco Human Services Department.

    Now the state suddenly would like the cash back, despite the fact that the cause of the mistake was found in an audit eight years ago. And the county commissioners aren’t very happy about it.

  • Jefferson County officials enact fire ban

    After the wet spring and early summer, things have finally dried out.

    Last Thursday, Jeffco officials announced a fire ban because of continuing high fire danger. Any fires built in must be in existing fire grates at parks and campgrounds.

    In addition, residents are not allowed to:

    • Shoot off fireworks.

    • Smoke anywhere other than an enclosed car or building, or in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is cleared of combustible material.

    • Do anything else that produces a spark or flame.

  • Littleton rates as 24th most livable city

    The city of Littleton often boasts that it’s a great place to live. It’s not alone in that opinion.

    Littleton was rated the 24th best place to live in the United States by Livability, a company that publishes monthly and annual rankings of the top places to live in the U.S. The ratings list more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 in more than 40 categories, including cost of living, diversity of population, infrastructure, amenities and the education system. 

  • Chatfield student dies after suffering anaphylactic reaction to peanut

    A 16-year-old Chatfield High School student died Sept. 21 after suffering an allergic reaction to food containing peanuts. 

    According to news reports, Simon Katz was at a bonfire for Chatfield’s homecoming when he ate a s’more that contained peanuts. Katz went into anaphylactic shock soon after eating the food and then died.

    Katz was a guitar player in the band Boats Without Oars, and his Facebook page was filled with messages from friends and fellow musicians. 

  • County OKs major expansion of church at Belleview and Ward

    Belleview Community Church is merging with The Rock of Southwest, and the combined congregation eventually will gather in a house of worship that will triple the size of the church at West Belleview Avenue and South Ward Street.

    The expansion plan was unanimously approved by Jeffco’s county commissioners on Sept. 15, paving the way for the church at 12472 W. Belleview Ave. to expand to 73,000 square feet from the existing 25,000.

  • Land at Belleview, Simms rezoned to accommodate mix of residential

    A property on South Simms Street just north of West Belleview Avenue zoned for a 290-unit apartment complex has been rezoned to allow 130 single-family homes, townhomes, condos or duplexes on “micro lots.”

    Jeffco’s county commissioners approved the modification to the Belleview Village development unanimously on Sept. 15. But in a vote to establish a special district to help pay for the development, Commissioner Casey Tighe was the lone dissenter. Special districts are governmental agencies with taxing authority to pay for provided services.

  • Man arrested in connection with body found in burning car

    Authorities have arrested a man after a body was found in a burning car in the Deer Creek area on Sunday.

    Shawn Geerdes, 46, was arrested about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 85 north of Meadows Parkway near Castle Rock. He was in court Thursday morning to face charges of first-degree murder and second-degree arson in connection with the slaying of Jason Michael Dosa, 44, of Parker.

    A judge Thursday denied bond for Geerdes, who is being held in the Jeffco jail in Golden.

  • Annual Summerset Festival plans new wrinkles, old favorites

    South Jeffco will send summer off in style once again with the Summerset Festival at Clement Park this weekend.

    The festival, in its 31st year, will draw thousands over three days, starting Friday, for music, activities, arts and crafts, and a whole lot of fun.

  • IREA board will vote on new charge

    The Intermountain Rural Electric Association board is considering a new charge for customers requesting meters beginning in January 2015.

    New customers such as those who install solar panels and those with vacation homes that are infrequently used could be subject to the charge, said Josh Liss, IREA spokesman. The proposed charge of approximately $4 per kilowatt will affect customers whose average electrical service usage is less than 9 or 10 percent of the peak demand margin in a given month.

  • West Metro firefighters pull dog from mineshaft

    A dog who tumbled down a 200-foot mineshaft near Roxborough Park on Monday was rescued by West Metro Fire Rescue. 

    Bailey, an American terrier, fell into the open clay mine while she and her owner, Eric Storrs, were hiking on the Hogback near Roxborough Park, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro.