Local News

  • Fire ban in effect in Jefferson County

    A fire ban affecting all lands in unincorporated Jefferson County took effect at 5 p.m. Monday due to the three wildfires that were burning near Golden, Soda Creek and Pine Junction.
    The Indian Gulch fire broke out Sunday. The Soda Creek and Pine Junction fires were extinguished Monday. The fire ban remains in effect until rescinded.
    On Tuesday, Jeffco officials issued a disaster/emergency declaration due to the need for outside resources and the high fire danger.

  • Star power: Astronomy class conjures Harry Potter characters to create memorable lesson

    Dusk at Hildebrand Ranch Park brought out fans of Harry Potter dressed in cloaks and coats, and with movie melodies playing in the background, kids and adults alike learned on Saturday night how some of J.K. Rowling’s characters got their names.

  • Principal: Students lose if outdoor labs close

    When David Epp looks around the campus at Mount Evans Outdoor Lab School, he sees a chance for students to learn without limits.

    “Many times kids have thanked me, genuinely and deeply, (because) they have had the best week of their lives,” Epp said. “I can’t imagine taking it away from the kids.”

    Epp is close to completing his first year as principal at the school, even as news came from the district on March 11 that both the Mount Evans and Windy Peak lab schools might be closed.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A variation on the sport of fencing

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A local man determined to sneak away from the scene of an accident unnoticed had a major hole in his plan — after crashing into a fence, a section of it attached itself to his car, serving as a fairly obvious pull-me-over-and-check-my-blood-alcohol sign to law enforcement.

  • My Student My Hero

    Dakota Ridge High School senior Andrea Acker has faced more adversity in her teenage years than some people experience in their entire lives.

    After her mother died four years ago, the freshman, whose father is not actively involved in her life, was effectively left without parents, forcing swift maturity on a young woman whose peers were still in the blithe cocoon of adolescence.

  • Harriman Lake Park to close for dam work

    Harriman Lake Park will be closed for six months beginning as early as July, as Denver Water engineers reconstruct the lake’s 138-year-old dam.

    An exact date for the project has not been set, and waiting to obtain the necessary permits from the Army Corps of Engineers could put construction on hold for as long as a year.

    Denver Water, which announced the project last week, cites a need to make the earthen dam more structurally sound, a project that would also increase the lake’s storage capacity.

  • Foothills’ gun-safety class misfires

    Negotiations to offer a National Rifle Association course through the Foothills Park & Recreation District catalog fell through last week, when the owner of the participating gun-safety program rejected the district’s proposed contract.

    Under strict conditions outlined by Foothills, the course could not have been held in any of the district’s facilities, and no ammunition or real firearms would have been allowed in the class.

  • Supporters of separate library district sue Jeffco

    A group of petitioners seeking to create a separate Jeffco library district filed a lawsuit Feb. 24 against the county, alleging that the Board of Commissioners acted outside of the law when it voted to exclude the county from such a system.

    The plaintiff, former library board member Tom Atkins, represents 1,300 residents who earlier signed a petition in favor of a new district. Atkins said the issue could be put before voters this fall.

  • Jeffco school district announces $40 million in cuts

    Nearly $40 million in budget cuts were proposed Friday by Jeffco Public Schools, including closure of two elementary schools, the elimination of 212 jobs and a halt to the sixth-grade Outdoor Lab program.

    All district employees would also face a 3 percent pay cut during the 2011-12 school year, achieved through six furlough days.

    Also proposed are increased fees for transportation and athletic activities.

  • Dem icon Gary Hart advocates American ingenuity

    The only way to get America out its economic morass, says Gary Hart, former U.S. senator from Colorado, is not by eliminating the deficit but by doing what America does best.

    "The one thing in which America still has the lead is innovation. I'm talking about dramatic breakthroughs in non-carbon energy, things like fusion and rail transportation. We can do new, bold and better things that will create jobs and raise revenue," Hart says.