Local News

  • New time, location set for Jeffco foreclosure sales

    The Jeffco public trustee has announced that foreclosure sales are being moved to a new location and time.

    Starting March 24, the sales will be held at 2 p.m. Thursdays in the jury assembly room on the court side of the Jeffco Administration and Courts Facility, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden.

  • Centralized dispatch center to include Jeffco police, fire agencies

    Both fire districts and law enforcement agencies in Jeffco will by served by the centralized dispatch center being implemented by the Jefferson County Communications Center Authority, according to terms of the intergovernmental agreement for the plan.

    Included in JeffCom are police departments for the cities of Lakewood, Arvada, Golden and Wheat Ridge, and the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

  • Foothills board approves memorial bench with biblical inscriptions

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board has approved a memorial plaque for a park bench that will include two verses of biblical scripture. Resident Laurie Norton, who is donating the bench that will be placed at Clement Park, added the verses to her original request.

    At the Feb. 23 board meeting, park district attorney Paul Rufien advised board members that the district cannot take any action that endorses religion. However, there is an exception for an individualized remembrance such as the one Norton requested, he said.

  • Coyote activity increases with breeding season

    A large coyote was seen crossing the aptly named Coyote Song Trail at South Valley Park last week. A group of coyotes recently followed a man walking in Clement Park, where coyotes also approached a woman walking with an unleashed dog, according to a Jeffco Sheriff’s Office report.

    Coyote sightings also have been reported on residential properties in the Columbine area and on the Meadows Golf Course in recent weeks.

  • Sheriff’s Office urges foothills residents to join neighborhood website

    Jeffco sheriff’s Deputy Gordon Neuenfeldt said county residents should consider joining Nextdoor.com, a neighborhood-based social media site that can help residents stay in touch with law enforcement.

    Neuenfeldt, speaking at the Feb. 17 Conifer town hall meeting at West Jefferson Middle School, said the site provides residents information about what is happening in their neighborhoods, which can include anything from lost dogs to bake sales to break-ins.

  • Sheriff’s Office receiving complaints about apparent IRS scam

     The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office over the weekend received six complaints about an apparent scammer claiming to work for the Internal Revenue Service, a spokesman said.

    The scammer reportedly called and in some cases left voice-mails telling county residents they were behind in their tax payments and threatening arrest, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. 

  • Foothills won’t seek tax hike this year

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District has decided not to ask voters to approve a property-tax increase in May, after a focus group suggested taxpayers would reject the measure this year.

    Despite preliminary plans to seek a 1.75-mill increase to generate an additional $1.9 million in revenue annually, district Executive Director Ron Hopp said the district will delay asking taxpayers for a hike until possibly November 2017.

  • Shootout erupts when Parkco deputies serve ‘high-risk’ eviction notice

    The shootout Feb. 24 in Bailey that left one Park County sheriff’s officer dead and two others wounded came after they attempted to serve a "high-risk" eviction notice to a Friendship Ranch resident, according to the Park County Sheriff's Office.

    Sheriff’s Cpl. Nate Carrigan, a 13-year veteran of the department, died at the scene. 

  • West Metro fire board approves agreement for centralized dispatch service

    The West Metro fire board has unanimously approved a multi-agency agreement to establish Jeffcom, an authority that will create a centralized dispatch center serving the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and area fire districts.

    “All the chiefs have worked hard to accomplish this,” said Fire Chief Don Lombardi, presenting the intergovernmental agreement to fire board members on Feb. 16.
    “I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t think it would be a much better product,” he remarked. “The benefits for citizens are great.”

  • Morrison, Denver negotiating agreement for water service to Red Rocks Park

    The town of Morrison and city of Denver are negotiating an agreement to provide water service to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, which is owned and operated by Denver Parks and Recreation.