Local News

  • A testament to healing

    In assembling the final pieces of a documentary about life after the Columbine shootings, Steve LuKanic and his fellow producers took 120 hours of footage and narrowed the material down to only 90 minutes.

  • Tipsy’s to be closed for two days due to violation

    Tipsy’s Liquor World will be closed for two days in April due to a liquor license suspension the store was dealt March 31 in connection with wine being sold to a heavily intoxicated customer.

    The inebriated patron, who later drove himself home, was found late on Jan. 2 lying in Tipsy’s parking lot, partially under the truck of a customer who was shopping at the store’s deli.

  • Cause of flood at Taj Mahal undetermined

    Jefferson County has yet to specify the cause of a water-pipe rupture from which thousands of gallons gushed through the administrative wing of the Taj Mahal in February, but officials last week identified the incident’s total damages at $1.4 million.

    About 6,750 gallons of water flowed for about 45 minutes on Feb. 3 from the broken pipe above the county attorney’s office on the fifth floor, damaging 35,000 square feet of office space, said Dan Brindle, director of facilities and construction management.

  • Jeffco ranks 11th in state for quantity, quality of life

    Jefferson County’s rates of morbidity and mortality ranked 11th out of 57 Colorado counties, an extensive national study released last week by the University of Wisconsin reveals.

    Under the County Health Rankings study, more than 3,000 counties were assessed in areas ranging from rates of sexually transmitted infections to high school graduation percentages.

  • Inspections show wide range for local restaurants

    South Jeffco eateries had an average of 3.4 critical inspection violations in the last year, a Columbine Courier analysis of information from the Jefferson County health department shows.

    Full-service restaurants, which face the most scrutiny with three unannounced routine inspections per year, had critical violations ranging from as few as none to as many as 20.

    Convenience stores and fast-food restaurants, by contrast, are inspected only once or twice per year, respectively.

  • Restaurant inspection list

    South Jeffco food inspections from March 30, 2010 through March 30, 2011



    Restaurants and retail locations



  • Four indicted in thefts of items from cemeteries

    Four men were indicted March 25 by a Jefferson County grand jury in connection with the pilfering of more than $130,000 worth of sprinkler heads and decorative brass vases from local cemeteries.

    The suspects, Donald Richard Tebeau, 46, Michael Dean Gonser, 43, Juan Gallegos, 27, and Jason Lee Seader, 37, face felony charges of theft by receiving and conspiracy to commit theft by receiving in the theft of the items from numerous cemeteries, including four in Jefferson County.

  • Jeffco home sales down 15 percent in February

    Home sales in Jefferson County declined by 16 percent in February compared to the same month a year ago, and homes spent an additional 40 days on the market, new real estate data show.

    Though housing prices seem to be unaffected by the decline, according to information from Metrolist, a decrease in the number of modestly priced homes sold is attributed to the expiration of the $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time buyers.

  • Former Jeffco man arrested in England in sex assaults on boys

    The case against a Jeffco man accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting three boys to whom he served as a father figure was bound over for trial March 22 in county court.

    James Craig Bird, 64, was extradited late last year from England, more than a year after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

    Bird faces three counts of sexual assault on a child as part of a pattern of abuse and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • School board to host forums on budget cuts

    The Jefferson County school board will hear public comment next month before it approves nearly $40 million in proposed cuts to the dramatically reduced 2011-12 budget.

    The public hearings, to be held April 5 and May 5, will be supplemented with a string of community forums, at which board members will meet with their constituents to gather questions and comments. Five forums will be held on April 16 and April 30.

    A final version of the budget is scheduled to be approved at the May 5 board meeting.