Local News

  • Access period to Waterton Canyon cut

    The already brief period of public access to Waterton Canyon this winter was cut in half last week, when Denver Water announced a delay in the assembly of dredging equipment.

    Construction crews will be working two weeks further into December and for the entire month of February, allowing recreational access to the trail from Dec. 18 through Jan. 30. The previous dates open to the public spanned from Dec. 4 through Feb. 27.

  • Reward offered for info on memorial vandalism

    Ken Caryl residents are offering a $1,500 reward for information regarding the October vandalism of a memorial dedicated to United Airlines flight 93 Captain Jason Dahl, who lived in the community with his family.

    The memorial, a bronze eagle resting atop a granite block located at Tamarade Drive and Valley Parkway, was found Oct. 14 with the wings broken from the statue. The memorial has since been repaired.

  • Jeffco schools detail possible budget cuts

    The proposed cuts to the 2011-12 budget for the Jefferson County School District will involve core services, the district’s chief financial officer said.

    The district is estimating at least $26 million in cuts, and it will mean cutting even more positions than last year.

    “We’re already stretched pretty thin,” said Lorie Gillis, the district’s chief financial officer. “This time we’re not trimming the edges (of the budget). We will be cutting some services we provide.”

  • Inter-Canyon EMT wins statewide recognition

    If a serious accident or medical condition makes it necessary to call 911, Morrison resident Debra Denny is ready to respond — and she’s just the person you want to handle the situation.

    Denny is passionate about being an emergency medical technician and sees her job as an important responsibility. In short, she loves being a volunteer and her work.

    “As volunteers, we’re an integral part of the community,” Denny said. “We save lives.”

  • ‘A day when everything is right with the world’

    Natalie Ruiz could not have been more proud when her son Micha had his day in court.

    On Nov. 20, National Adoption Day, she officially became the mother of the bouncy 5-year-old.

    “I feel like a real mom now,” said Ruiz, a Lakewood resident. “I know I was, but now it’s official.”

  • Three library trustees lose positions

    Three of the seven Jefferson County Public Library trustees lost their seats in office Tuesday, as the county commissioners appointed new members, including Commissioner Kathy Hartman, who was recently unsuccessful in her bid for re-election.

    Hartman recused herself from the decision, and a unanimous vote among Commissioners Faye Griffin and Kevin McCasky followed for new appointees Buddy Douglass, Ray Elliot and Hartman.

  • County tax break says, yes, we can

    Aluminum-can manufacturing giant Ball Corp. is seeking a $2,875,000 tax break from Jeffco, citing a new product line to be produced at the company’s Golden plant that it predicts will result in more than $156 million in economic benefits to the county.

  • School officials get earful at budget forum

    Compensation levels for school administrators and spending on under-utilized schools raised ire among a crowd Nov. 13 at a forum on school district budget cuts.

    Jeffco Public Schools officials met with parents and community members in five locations across the district to collect input on $28 million in proposed budget cuts for the 2011-12 school year, including a reduction of 318 staff members through attrition or layoffs.

  • 2 deputies accused of beating passenger after traffic stop

    Two Jeffco sheriff’s deputies are named in a federal lawsuit alleging they pulled an intoxicated passenger from a car in March 2009, beat him and shocked him with a Taser before taking the man to a detox facility.

    Plaintiff Michael Pearson was riding in a vehicle driven by Karen Payne, a former aunt-in-law of Deputy Brandon Payne, who is a defendant in the suit.

  • Honoring local veterans

    Students at Columbine Hills Elementary School bid farewell to a handful of tattered United States flags at a Veterans Day ceremony, cutting the patriotic fabric into strips before placing the frayed bits into a fire and burying the ashy remains.

    The time-honored flag-retirement process was guided by West Metro and Littleton firefighters, who supervised wispy flames jumping from two iron basins.