Local News

  • Former county administrator to be subpoenaed in McCasky probe

    The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission voted July 22 to subpoena former county administrator Jim Moore in its investigation of former county commissioner Kevin McCasky, a decision that could bring to light information suppressed by multiple lawsuit settlements.

  • Fire damages home on West Rowland Drive

    A fire heavily damaged a South Jeffco home July 28 in the 11000 block of West Rowland Drive.

  • Local police-impersonator incident linked to Aurora assault

    A police impersonator who made a traffic stop on a young woman Monday afternoon in South Jeffco may be one of the two men suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in Aurora the day before, police say.

    About 3:30 p.m. Monday, the impersonator pulled over a car in South Jeffco. Though the man was dressed in a uniform and drove what looked like a squad car, the young woman reportedly found the circumstances suspicious and did not leave her vehicle, as the impersonator told her to do.

  • Chatfield swim beach closes again

    Officials closed Chatfield State Park’s swim beach on July 27, marking the third closure in recent weeks due to high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.

    The contamination is likely due to recent heavy rains, the park said, which can wash material into the reservoir, and high temperatures, which can encourage bacterial proliferation.

    The reservoir’s water will continue to be tested every day, officials have said. If the bacterial levels are within acceptable limits, the beach will reopen.

  • County eyes name change for Community Resources Department

    Jeffco officials are considering a name change for the Community Resources Department, an entity that includes the Boettcher Mansion, Colorado State University Extension, the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and the Open Space Division.

    At the request of department director Tom Hoby, the county commissioners may give a nod to the proposed name “Jefferson County Parks,” which comes with the branding statement “enriching life.”

  • District attorney, courts clash over the future of bail

    Jeffco’s Justice Services Department is clashing with District Attorney Scott Storey over the future of bail, with both entities vying for $200,000 that could continue funding for a recently overhauled pretrial services program.

  • Applicants sought for library board vacancy

    The Jeffco commissioners are seeking applicants for a vacancy on the county library board, following former trustee Catherine Hildreth’s recent resignation.

    Hildreth, who was notably absent at numerous library board meetings, was appointed earlier this year to replace former county commissioner Kathy Hartman, who briefly served on the library board before accepting a high-level job in the Jeffco district attorney’s office.

  • Pact closer on cover for dinosaur tracks

    More than 60 million years ago, a group of Iguanodons trekked across a shoreline in what is now Dakota Ridge, leaving distinct trails that became fossilized in delicate sandstone.

    Only 81 years have passed since a construction crew broke ground on West Alameda Parkway and discovered the large footprints. And it’s been just 22 years since Friends of Dinosaur Ridge began working to preserve the tracks.

  • Library considers Internet filters after porn incident

    After a teen was recently caught viewing porn on a Columbine Library computer and allegedly masturbating in plain sight, the Jeffco library trustees are considering whether to filter Internet access for all library patrons.
    Library trustees clashed Thursday on the issue of Internet censorship.

  • Library board weighs closure of three branches

    The Jeffco library board is considering closing the system’s three smallest library branches next year, two of which serve the poorest areas of the county.
    Library staff on Thursday listed closure of the Conifer, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge libraries as cost-saving options; shutting down all three could save the system up to $695,000 annually.
    The closures could be necessary to meet a sharply reduced budget in 2012, library staff and board members said.