Local News

  • Pena wrestles home second state title

    DENVER - Tony Pena needed 14 seconds to swell with confidence in his state championship match. With 16 seconds left in the bout, the Chatfield 130-pound junior allowed himself to feel elation.

  • Mr. Biggs’ owner apparently intends to relinquish interest in business

    The owner of Mr. Biggs apparently intends to pull out of the South Jeffco entertainment center and is planning legal action to force the former owner to take back the business, a development that surfaced Feb. 18 at an unusual change-of-corporate-structure hearing before the county liquor-licensing board.

    Owner Art Cormier, who faces charges related to alleged nudity at the center during a fashion show, has agreed to an immediate 15-day suspension of Mr. Biggs’ liquor license, should the business continue to be operated by Cormier or manager Larry Crook after March 20.

  • Crime decreases in Jeffco during ‘09

    Crime rates in Jefferson County dipped slightly in 2009, though the number of homicides was equal to that of the preceding four years combined.

    The county experienced a total of 3,037 major crimes, including homicides, thefts, unlawful sexual behavior and other crimes in 2009, down from 3,317 in 2008, according to data from the Sheriff’s Office. The total number of minor crimes, such as forgeries, fraud cases and trespassing, also ebbed, going from 5,708 in 2008 to 5,356 last year.

  • Events to benefit breast cancer victims honor Dakota Ridge grad

      Life is not the same for Deana Paprocki since she lost her 28-year-old daughter, Tessa, last year to breast cancer. But part of the grieving mother’s healing process is to let other women suffering from the disease know they aren’t alone.

    Paprocki and her surviving daughter, Amy Bartleson, are organizing a bowling benefit in Tessa’s memory that will raise money for cancer research and help provide mammograms to uninsured women.

  • Art is fine with Falcon Bluffs students

    Colorado painter Julie Madrid might never have imagined her work hanging in the main office of a South Jeffco school.

    But three Falcon Bluffs Middle School students hand-selected one of the artist’s iconic sky-scape paintings at last year’s Cherry Creek Arts Festival, after the school won a $500 grant to obtain fine art. Madrid delivered the work last week and took time to speak with students about her life as an artist.

  • Liquor license hearing for Mr. Biggs rescheduled for Feb. 18

      The liquor-license hearing for Mr. Biggs scheduled for Feb. 4 has been rescheduled for Feb. 18 at 9 a.m.

    The hearing comes two months after a fashion show at the South Jeffco entertainment center that led the sheriff’s office to file multiple charges against owner Art Cormier and manager Larry Crook. About 45 women, some allegedly topless and having their bodies painted, were found behind a curtained-off area at the Dec. 18 event, the sheriff’s office said.

  • An offering for Shiva

      Rajesh Kaul knelt, preparing an abundance of vibrant flowers, as head priest K.C. Upadhyay led a prayer. The fresh petals, sprinkled gently into a silver bowl, were an offering to lord Shiva.

    Feb. 12, “the night of Shiva,” is considered a particularly auspicious evening on the Hindu calendar, and it’s one of the most important holidays in the religion. Hindus call it “Maha Shivaratri.”

  • School board renews contracts of four charter schools

      The Jeffco school board approved five-year contract extensions Feb. 4 for Montessori Peaks Academy and three of the 13 other district charter schools up for renewal.

    The board voted unanimously in favor of the contracts, which also included Rocky Mountain Deaf School, Lincoln Academy and Free Horizon. The board also voted 5-3 to approve a 20-year electricity purchasing agreement with CEI Roofing LLC, which would place solar panels on up to 30 Jeffco schools.

  • Jeffco wants residents to stand up, be counted in census

      Jefferson County is taking steps to ensure all of its 570,000 residents are counted in the upcoming 2010 census.

    The county is operating an informational census website and will be setting up a handful of assistance centers throughout the area staffed by U.S. Census workers.

  • Golden neighborhood suing Foothills over ward voting

      Residents of a Golden neighborhood are suing the Foothills Park & Recreation District over the district’s new ward voting system and are attempting to gain control over an area park currently owned by the district.

    The HOA is also encouraging its residents to sign petitions to secede from the rec district and is seeking an injunction to scuttle the ward voting system.