Local News

  • ’08 server attack on Foothills website led to improvements


    The 2008 server attack on the Foothills Park & Recreation website that compromised credit card data from thousands of users has since resulted in improved online security, the district said at a meeting near the event’s anniversary.

    And despite a temporary decline in online registration for the district’s programs, the server hack had little financial impact, said director Ron Hopp.

  • Jeffco district gets $22.6 million grant to boost teacher pay in high-poverty schools

    Jeffco Public Schools has received a five-year federal grant worth $22.6 million to increase teacher incentives at 12 elementary and middle schools.

    None of the selected schools are in South Jeffco. Requirements for the grant specified that at least 50 percent of students in each school be eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches.

  • Man gets five years for shaking baby

      A Littleton man convicted on charges of shaking his 6-week-old daughter and causing brain damage was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison.

    Anton Bogachov, 23, was arrested in March after his daughter was taken to Children’s Hosptial, where she was treated for a broken rib and fluid accumulating around her brain. The rib injury was apparently old and was in the process of healing.

    Bogachov pleaded guilty in July to two counts of child abuse resulting in severe bodily injury.


    Do you know the way to Green River?

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A Utah woman was hopelessly lost Sept. 16 and was looking for swift passage to her home state. She had apparently borrowed a friend’s car and stocked up on booze for the voyage, which curiously landed her at Lockheed Martin’s gate. Confused about why she was denied entry into the apparent one-way Utah warp zone, she was contacted by a deputy. She did not exactly ace a roadside maneuvers test and was arrested.

  • Auto theft prompts lockout at Kendallvue Elementary


    Kendallvue Elementary School was placed on lockout status early Tuesday morning, after an auto theft suspect led police on a two-hour search in South Jeffco.

    The suspect, who has yet to be identified, allegedly stole a 2002 Cadillac from outside a home on the 12000 block of West Belleview, then almost immediately crashing the vehicle near Weaver Hollow Park.

  • County solar-energy project nears completion


    A $2.2 million solar project designed to reduce energy consumption at county buildings is nearing completion. Solar installations at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, the Laramie Building and other locations, funded entirely by a federal grant, are expected to be finished by November.

    “I’m excited that we’re finally moving forward on it,” said Commissioner Kathy Hartman, noting that the project, which has been in development for about two years, was formally approved in June.

  • Firefighting planes based at Jeffco airport


    The small squadron of aerial firefighting tankers used to combat Boulder’s massive Fourmile Canyon blaze had base operations last week at the Jeffco airport, frequently touching down to refuel and take on loads of rust-hued flame retardant.

    The fire, which was largely contained by Sunday, destroyed 169 homes and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.

  • Stairways to remembrance

      Some 1,500 people climbed a total of 5 million stairs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday in a somber ceremony remembering the nearly 3,000 people who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    Area firefighters and those who simply wanted to remember climbed the amphitheater’s stairs nine times to commemorate the 110 flights that New York City firefighters climbed to try to save the occupants of the World Trade Center.

  • A hero in the classroom

                         She sits quietly with her legs crossed at the ankle and hands folded in her lap. She smiles as she listens intently to each person speak. She is surrounded by her family, colleagues and her community. And on this special day, Marsha Roman’s 37 years of exemplary teaching are acknowledged and rewarded.

    Roman, who has taught special education at Columbine High School for the past 18 years, never thought about being recognized for her work, but on Sept.

  • Zinna’s talk-radio show silenced

      The prime-time radio show of former Jeffco gadfly Mike Zinna went off the air Sept. 3, when the station’s owners changed its format from talk to ’70s and ’80s rhythm and blues. An announcement came only minutes before the scheduled airtime of “The Zinna Show,” which had been moved in recent weeks to the coveted 4-to-7-p.m. drive-time slot. “That’s radio. … The decision came literally about 10 minutes before airtime,” Zinna said.