Local News

  • A good judge of character

    Chief District Judge Brooke Jackson was just over a year into his judicial career when he was assigned the highest-profile cases in Jefferson County history — the lawsuits filed following the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School.

    He was also handed his first death-penalty case after only two weeks in the job.

  • Planning board frowns on legalizing short-term rentals

    The Jeffco planning commission voted 6-1 Wednesday night to reject a recommendation to legalize short-term vacation-rental houses in unincorporated Jefferson County.

    During the three-hour hearing, 14 parties spoke against and three people spoke in favor of the proposal, which included some moderate restrictions. Opponents included a couple of HOAs from Littleton and numerous residents of Evergreen.

  • Chatfield swim beach reopens

    Officials reopened Chatfield State Park’s swim beach Thursday, following the fourth closure this summer due to high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.

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

    Closures were initiated on July 7, July 20, July 27 and August 3.

    A similar closure happened last year, though such events are not necessarily an annual occurrence, a spokeswoman said.

  • Blues Festival benefit concert set for Clement Park

    Sixteen blues bands will take the stage Aug. 6 at Clement Park for the Blue Star Blues Festival, an event to benefit an organization that helps provide music therapy to children with life-threatening illnesses.

    The day-long inaugural festival will feature artists Mike Zito, Ana Popovic and Tommy Castro as headlining acts.

  • Wife of state Sen. Kopp dies

    South Jeffco resident Kimberly Kopp, widely known as the wife of Sen. Mike Kopp, died July 30 after a three-year struggle with cancer.

    After initially being diagnosed in 2008 with cervical cancer, doctors declared Kopp cancer-free a year later. Celebration of her recovery was short-lived, however, as she was soon after diagnosed with another type of cancer, small-cell carcinoma of the perimetrium, a rare condition about which most doctors knew little, the senator said in a news release.

  • Rustic rules in overhaul of county Open Space lobby

    A recent remodel of the county Open Space building represents a step into sylvan tranquility and a move away from the land of cubicles.

    The $35,000 aesthetic renovation, which was completed in early July, makes the building’s entrance and lobby more closely resemble a state park visitor center. Reclaimed wood forms rugged benches, and large wildlife photographs are prominently displayed on informational stands.

  • 16 county businesses caught selling liquor to minors

    Sixteen Jeffco liquor providers were cited for providing alcohol to a minor in a recent large-scale sting operation, marking a significant increase in the percentage of stores cited over previous years.

    Ten of the stores are in South Jeffco and include a mix of convenience stores, independent establishments and a grocery store.

    As part of the yearly sting operation, underage sheriff’s cadets attempted to purchase beer without providing identification at 70 county businesses.

  • Proposed sale lands Foothills in controversy

    A group of Shadow Ridge neighborhood residents began mounting opposition last week to the proposed sale of Foothills Park & Recreation District land south of the residential development.

    Commercial development of the land will decimate property values and ruin an otherwise scenic view from backyards, some residents contend. In addition, development would destroy a small ecosystem that is home to a prairie dog colony and is frequented by numerous birds of prey, they said.

  • 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.