Local News

  • Summerset Festival will end season on high note

    Don't despair because summer is ending. Pack up the kids and the dogs this weekend and head for Summerset at Clement Park, the last great outdoor festival of the season.

    This year will feature a new event, the Woof Walk, on Sunday. The walk kicks off the FunDay for Dogs, a day of canine-oriented activities. The 1.5-mile walk, which will begin at the Clement Park Amphitheater, will benefit local nonprofit animal shelters. Registration opens at 8 a.m.; a registration form can be downloaded at www.summersetfest.com.

  • Ax falls on Rooney Road slash site

    If the Rooney Road slash collection site wasn't so popular, it might not be in this predicament.

    The 8-acre recycling operation is closing permanently on Oct. 31 because Jefferson County is not renewing its lease after four years. County officials say the operation has become an eyesore and is not an appropriate use of Open Space land.

  • Candidate forums and election information

    General election dates

    Oct. 9: Last day to register for general election

    Oct. 22 to Nov. 22: Early voting

    Nov. 6: Election Day

    Meet Jeffco Candidates

    Friday, Sept. 14

    Jeffco Economic Development Corp.

    7 to 9 a.m.

    Holiday Inn Lakewood


    Forums sponsored by League of Women Voters of Jefferson County

    All forums 7 to 9 p.m.

    Mountain Area

    Thursday, Sept. 27

  • Town halls planned on C-470 improvements

    The C-470 Coalition is holding a series of open houses to gather information on how to fund improvements on the highway between I-25 and South Kipling, a stretch that has been seriously congested during rush hour for several years.

    All the open houses are during the week of Sept. 24.

    Each meeting will follow the same format and include the same displays, a brief presentation, and the chance to meet with coalition representatives to ask questions.

    The coalition estimates it will cost $200 million to add lanes to the freeway.

  • Sheriff's Office searching for suspect in stabbing

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect in the stabbing of a woman on Wednesday afternoon in a townhome at 6764 S. Webster St., just off West Coal Mine Avenue and South Pierce Street.

  • Tennis tournament to benefit three charities

    The mission of any good business is to fill a need with its goods or services. The mission of a great business is not only to fill a need but to bolster the community that supports it.

    The Columbine Country Club will be supporting three charities Sept. 7-9 when it hosts the inaugural Columbine Country Club Invitational.

    Partnering with the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation, Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime Foundation, and the YESS Institute, Columbine aims to give back to the greater Denver community.

  • Man found guilty of animal cruelty

    A jury on Aug. 30 found a Lakewood man guilty of aggravated animal cruelty in connection with an incident involving a confrontation between two dogs in Columbine Knolls South II in October 2011.

    A rat terrier named Bubba and a three-legged Doberman mix named Holly wound up in a confrontation, and the owner of the terrier, Jason Michael Sharrett, 41, intervened. The Doberman died a few days later, and authorities alleged that Sharrett used excessive force to break up the dogfight.

  • South Jeffco family supports 5K to honor woman's memory

     Renate Rieker Baldwin of Columbine Knolls South was only 47 and had never smoked a cigarette, but she died of lung cancer in 2007 after enduring many different treatments over three years.

    Lung cancer is an unforgiving disease that attacks non-smokers as well as smokers, although people tend to think of it as a smoker's affliction. Every year, between 20,000 and 30,000 people who never smoked are diagnosed with lung cancer, representing 10 to 15 percent of all new cases.

  • Parker pounding the pavement in state House race

    Editor’s note: Democrat Mary Parker is running against Republican Justin Everett in state House District 22. An upcoming issue will include a story focusing on Everett.


    Mary Parker doesn’t have a piece of pet legislation to push when and if she gets to the Capitol as a state representative. But she has a burning desire to express her conviction that people need to participate in democracy for the system to work.

    A lot of people talk the talk, but Parker is walking the talk.

  • Commission hopeful criticizes incumbents


    Editor’s note: Democrat Casey Tighe is challenging incumbent County Commissioner John Odom, a Republican. An upcoming issue will include a story focusing on Odom.


    By Vicky Gits

    Staff Writer

    County commission candidate Casey Tighe, a former CDOT auditor, told Lookout Mountain residents last Wednesday night that they might not be happy with all his decisions, but he would do a better job of listening to the community than the incumbent commissioner.