Local News

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A Freon spirit is reined in

  • Hartman named director of diversion services

    Former Jeffco Commissioner Kathy Hartman was hired by the district attorney’s office recently as director of diversion services for Jefferson and Gilpin Counties.

    Hartman will begin the new position on March 1, heading 20 staff members.

    The diversion program provides nonviolent, first-time felons with opportunities to give restitution and seek appropriate professional treatment. Successful participants in the program are eligible to have felonies erased from their records.

    More than 1,000 participants are usually enrolled in the program.

  • Jeffco graduation rates dip slightly

    Jeffco’s 2010 high school graduation rates were slightly higher than statewide averages, figures released last week from the Colorado Department of Education show. But the district’s own rate dropped slightly from 2009.

    Among all Jeffco high schools, 5,390 students graduated within traditional four-year timelines, a new standard utilized by the Department of Education. The graduation rate for 2010 was 78.1 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from 2009 but nonetheless higher than the current statewide average of 72.4 percent.

  • Pup-sicle: Terrier lost in 15-below temperatures rescued by neighborhood resident

    Life was looking bleak for Cleveland, a wire fox terrier who ventured out of South Jeffco resident Kathy Reilly’s backyard in the early hours of Feb. 2, when temperatures had dropped to 15 below.

    A succession of unusual circumstances led Reilly’s gate to be left open, giving Cleveland a bitter taste of freedom. But an unlikely encounter with a neighbor driving to work just after 3 a.m. proved serendipitous and saved the 22-pound dog from his likely demise.

  • Commissioner feathered nest of future employer

    Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky proposed an increase of $20,000 in the county’s contribution to the Jefferson Economic Council last year while he was a candidate for the private economic development organization’s top job, the Columbine Courier has learned.

  • Local Ultimate Electronics store begins liquidation

    Ultimate Electronics is scheduled to begin liquidating its merchandise Thursday, South Jeffco store employees confirmed, less than two weeks after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

    How deep any discounts will initially be was unknown, and exactly how long stores remain open could be related to how fast the locations can sell their existing stock.

    “Once it’s done, it’s done,” a store employee said Wednesday.

  • Fate of local Ultimate Electronics store uncertain

    The fate of the South Jeffco Ultimate Electronics store at 8196 W. Bowles Ave. is uncertain following a bankruptcy filing last week by the chain retailer’s parent company, Ultimate Acquisitions.
    Nonetheless, the store currently remains open and has not had any indication that it will close, an employee said.
    The Bankruptcy Code’s Chapter 11, which Ultimate Acquisitions filed, differs from liquidation bankruptcy provided by Chapter 7, in that the business will reorganize its operations, which can include closing certain store locations.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Where there’s smoke …

  • Judge weighs request to move Eastwood trial

    A request to hold the trial of Deer Creek Middle School shooting suspect Bruco Eastwood outside Jefferson County is being considered by District Judge Christopher Munch.

  • County moves ahead with public-private venture at airport

    Jefferson County inched closer Feb. 1 to an unprecedented $40 million deal that would develop nearly a third of its airport’s land, signing a semiformal agreement with a private three-member firm based in Denver.