Local News

  • Production problem with concert story

    Because of a production problem, a story in the March 9 issue about a local concert by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra did not appear in its entirety. The complete story can be found at www.ColumbineCourier.com, and will be reprinted in a future edition of the Courier.

  • Evergreen Newspapers win 14 awards in state contest

    Evergreen Newspapers won 14 awards, including five first-place trophies, in the Colorado Press Association’s 2010 Better Newspaper Contest.

    Columbine Courier reporter Emile Hallez Williams received five awards, placing first for Deadline Reporting and for Best Sustained Coverage; second and third for Best Education Story; and second for Best Series. 

  • Golden resident named to county commission

    Republican John Odom, a former candidate in state Senate District 20, has been selected to succeed Kevin McCasky as Jefferson County commissioner.

    Odom, 43, a Golden resident who owns part of Blue Sky Medical, a Wheat Ridge medical-supply distribution company, was announced March 1 as the Jefferson County Republican Party vacancy committee’s top candidate.

    Odom lost to Democrat Cheri Jahn in the 2010 general election by about 4 percentage points.

  • Ethics group files complaint against McCasky

    A formal complaint against former Jeffco commissioner Kevin McCasky was filed March 2 with a state ethics panel, Colorado Ethics Watch announced.

    The complaint was sparked by a Feb. 16 Columbine Courier story revealing that McCasky had proposed a $20,000 increase in county funding to the Jefferson Economic Council, which then hired him as president in January. The JEC is receiving $400,000 from the county’s general fund this year.

  • Charged up by music

    Violinist Cory Cranford’s first experience at a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert four years ago was memorable.

    The Dakota Ridge High School student listened in awe, taking in the unique fusion of classical music with rock ’n’ roll. And he was invited onto the stage at the show’s conclusion and handed a surprise.

    “They brought me up to the stage and gave me a guitar,” Cranford said. “That was the first time I’d ever heard of them. … They made me promise to take lessons.”

  • 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.

  • Golden willing to talk — but preparing to sue — over parkway

    Golden officials warmed last week to negotiations surrounding the Jefferson Parkway, but city council members said they aren’t holding their breath that Jeffco or the parkway authority will work with them once the toll road is under construction.

  • Two arrested in storage-unit thefts

    Two men suspected of stealing truckloads of tools, sports memorabilia, jewelry and other items from numerous South Jeffco storage units were arrested early on Feb. 22 following an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

    Jerod Stultz and Michael Magee, both 32, are suspected of more than 100 storage-unit burglaries in South Jeffco, Littleton, Lakewood, Douglas County and Arvada, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

  • Foothills gives preliminary OK to gun-safety class

    A National Rifle Association gun-safety course to be offered by Foothills Park & Recreation District was tentatively approved Feb. 22, with the board of directors awaiting a contract with a South Jeffco private instructor.

    Though the class will be taught with fake guns and will not be held in Foothills buildings, the premise of associating the district with firearms evoked concern from a few residents and board members.

  • Red White & You will return July 1

    Red, White & You, the once-annual Clement Park celebration filled with fireworks, music and jumping castles, is returning this year after a two-year hiatus, the Foothills Park & Recreation District has announced.

    The event, which was canceled less than a month before its scheduled date in 2009 due to inadequate funding, will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. July 1 at Clement Park.

    As in prior years, Red, White & You will feature numerous inflatable children’s attractions, live music and a fireworks display.