Local News

  • Four indicted in thefts of items from cemeteries

    Four men were indicted March 25 by a Jefferson County grand jury in connection with the pilfering of more than $130,000 worth of sprinkler heads and decorative brass vases from local cemeteries.

    The suspects, Donald Richard Tebeau, 46, Michael Dean Gonser, 43, Juan Gallegos, 27, and Jason Lee Seader, 37, face felony charges of theft by receiving and conspiracy to commit theft by receiving in the theft of the items from numerous cemeteries, including four in Jefferson County.

  • Jeffco home sales down 15 percent in February

    Home sales in Jefferson County declined by 16 percent in February compared to the same month a year ago, and homes spent an additional 40 days on the market, new real estate data show.

    Though housing prices seem to be unaffected by the decline, according to information from Metrolist, a decrease in the number of modestly priced homes sold is attributed to the expiration of the $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time buyers.

  • Former Jeffco man arrested in England in sex assaults on boys

    The case against a Jeffco man accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting three boys to whom he served as a father figure was bound over for trial March 22 in county court.

    James Craig Bird, 64, was extradited late last year from England, more than a year after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

    Bird faces three counts of sexual assault on a child as part of a pattern of abuse and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • School board to host forums on budget cuts

    The Jefferson County school board will hear public comment next month before it approves nearly $40 million in proposed cuts to the dramatically reduced 2011-12 budget.

    The public hearings, to be held April 5 and May 5, will be supplemented with a string of community forums, at which board members will meet with their constituents to gather questions and comments. Five forums will be held on April 16 and April 30.

    A final version of the budget is scheduled to be approved at the May 5 board meeting.

  • A virtual standout

    The most rewarding part of Jeffco English teacher Kristin Kipp’s job is helping struggling students find success, a sentiment not uncommon among passionate educators.

    But Kipp, an Evergreen resident with a remote mountain home, seldom, if ever, actually meets many of her students in person.

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  • Winds help stabilize Indian Gulch Fire

    A wildfire near Mount Galbraith west of Golden stabilized overnight on Wednesday at about 1,200 acres as high winds caused the blaze to burn back on itself, keeping the fire perimeter about the same size, according to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office.

    On Tuesday the Indian Gulch Fire grew to 1,200 acres from 850 acres overnight as firefighters struggled to contain the blaze to the area south of Golden Gate Canyon Road. The fire was first reported about 10:15 a.m. Sunday. It covers an area south of Golden Gate Road and north of U.S. 6.

  • Chatfield State Park enacts fire ban

    Chatfield State Park has implemented the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office stage 2 fire ban due to the continuing high fire danger.

    The fire ban prohibits any open burning, including campfires, warming fires, charcoal grill fires, fireworks and any other type of open flame. Smoking is also prohibited, except in an enclosed vehicle or while stopped in an area of at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material.

  • Motor vehicle deaths decrease in Jefferson County

    The Jefferson County coroner’s office investigated 1,043 of the 3,673 deaths reported in the county in 2010, numbers on par with previous years.

    Though the number of accidental deaths, homicides and natural deaths fluctuated little among recent records, the number of motor vehicle deaths — 40 — is low by historical figures. But among accidental deaths, the coroner’s office has noticed increased abuse of prescription drugs leading to lethal overdoses. Additionally, the number of suicides rose slightly from prior years.

  • Lockheed Martin unveils Orion, giant simulator

    Lockheed Martin has unveiled its new Space Operations Simulation Center and the first Orion spacecraft, and both projects are slated to help America reach for the stars — or at least a few nearby moons.

    On Monday at the company’s Waterton Canyon facility, members of the media toured the cavernous simulator and got a close-up look at the first Orion spacecraft.

    The Orion project is on schedule, according to John Karas, vice president for human space flight at Lockheed.

    “Orion is preparing to fly,” Karas said.