Local News

  • Cabela’s hopes to acquire former site of Jeffco animal shelter

    One of the country’s largest hunting-and-fishing-equipment retailers has set its sights on the former Table Mountain Animal Center property.

    Cabela’s, purveyor of guns, ammunition and fishing rods, recently offered $2.55 million, along with Molson Coors, to purchase 30 acres of land that originally was purchased by Jefferson County in 1931 for only $10.

  • Man in standoff at home sentenced in peeping-tom case

    A South Jeffco man arrested after he barricaded himself inside his foreclosed home in November was sentenced Dec. 17 to six months in jail on an unrelated charge stemming from an alleged peeping-tom incident.

    David Rothe pleaded not guilty to the original peeping-tom charges, including an attempted count, which allegedly occurred in 2009. He was acquitted in August on all counts but convicted on a lesser charge regarding the attempted-peeping-tom allegation.

  • Lighten up

    Elves, a gingerbread man and a small family of Dalmatian puppies inhabit South Jeffco resident Bernita Behounek’s yard every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

    The festive group of hand-painted wooden figures is a 25-year tradition at her home, one that along with thousands of twinkling Christmas lights reliably draws a steady flow of onlookers in the days leading up to Dec. 25.

  • 'Playing to help'

    Students in Dakota Ridge High School teacher Jenny Lippiat’s market class were grasping desperately for an idea.

    Nearly halfway through the semester in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, the class of 18 needed a platform to showcase their event-planning skills. A previous attempt to organize a disc-golf tournament fell flat, and the students were at a loss for how to make the most of a challenging class.

    Then came a bit of relative stardom for senior Graham Stookey, a singer-songwriter whose YouTube video garnered more than 200,000 hits.

  • School board votes to censure Boggs

    Jeffco school board member Laura Boggs was censured by the board Dec. 16, the first time such an action has been taken in district history.
    The censure, on a unanimous vote, came after board members characterized Boggs’ behavior as erratic, disrespectful and inconsistent. District Superintendent Cindy Stevenson accused Boggs of “attacking the school district that she was elected to protect” during a conversation between the two.

  • One-car accident kills South Jeffco man

    A South Jeffco man was killed in a single-car accident early Monday on South Kipling Parkway near U.S. 285, closing the road for several hours as emergency workers cleared the scene.
    Alamo Onak, 37, was headed south on Kipling when his SUV struck a median, a Lakewood police spokesman said. The vehicle went through the intersection at West Girton Drive, eventually colliding with a street lamp.
    Onak, the only occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • 3 blind residents injured, one fatally, when car goes out of control

    Three blind Littleton residents were hit by a car Nov. 17 when a driver lost control of her vehicle, killing one man and seriously injuring two women as they waited for a bus.
    David Alan Nanney, 47, died at Littleton Adventist Hospital from injuries suffered in the accident, which occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m. near West Mineral Avenue and South Utica Drive. Nanney and the two women were on their way to a Christmas party at the Colorado Center for the Blind; all were students at the school.

  • Company facing OSHA fines in videographer's fall from lift

    A California racing-oil company is facing $91,000 in fines from the federal Department of Labor, following a Lakewood videographer’s deadly fall from a modified lift at a June 25 motocross event.
    Stuart Keene, 57, fell about 20 feet from the platform on an elevated lift that had its guardrails removed, said an official from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    Keene was setting up equipment to film the Thunder Valley Nationals, a motocross event held at the Morrison track.

  • Benefit concert to be held for Dakota Ridge student injured in crash

    A group of Dakota Ridge High School students studying sports and entertainment marketing have prepared a benefit concert for student Dallas Vosburg, who was hit by a truck in a crosswalk by the school in October.

    The Capture the Dream concert will feature You Tube crooning sensation Graham Stookey, as well as students Chris Fairbank and Michael Vigil.

  • Colorado’s civil rights icon

    A Colorado governor whose courageous support of civil rights during World War II is now honored with a tall, rose-colored monument on Kenosha Pass.

    Some 264 miles of U.S. 285 was officially renamed the Ralph Carr Memorial Highway on Sunday in honor of the former governor, who opposed the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.