Local News

  • A local brew

    A new independent coffee shop in South Jeffco has brewed up a mélange of local flavor, and the owners hope the shop's neighborhood feel draws area coffee — and pastry — lovers.

    Tammy Teixeira and her husband, Rick, owners of Foothills Coffee, entered the restaurant business when they took over Chatfield Sports Bar in October 2010 at South Simms Street and West Brandt Avenue. They remodeled the bar, installed a dance floor and began hosting trivia nights.

  • Democrats rally their base at caucuses

    Democrats didn’t have a presidential-candidate straw poll to spark mass interest in their March 6 caucuses, but that didn’t deter South Jeffco residents from coming out to voice support for President Obama and local party candidates.

    Dozens filled the Chatfield High School auditorium, where candidates and campaign representatives spoke to rally support before the group split into precincts to select delegates for the upcoming assemblies and conventions.

  • Young ‘jewels’ shine in life

    When Dakota Ridge senior Melba Njenga moved from Nairobi to the United States at age 12, she felt years older than her new peers.

    Having been raised in a culture that demanded school performance under the threat of physical punishment, she had trouble identifying with students who might invest more time in Xbox than plotting x-y intercepts. School was easier here, and not surprisingly the expatriate Kenyan was at least a full year ahead of other students her age.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    English standards in decline

  • 24-year sentenced handed out in sex-abuse case

    A Jefferson County judge on March 9 sentenced James Craig Bird to 24 years to life in prison, the maximum possible sentence, in connection with the sexual abuse of several children over a period of years.
    Bird, 65, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to a single count of sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust in a pattern of abuse. He had been charged with manipulating and assaulting several children to whom he served as a father figure.

  • Electrical fire guts South Jeffco home

    A massive electrical fire March 5, apparently caused by high winds, burned a home at 8327 S. Carr St. in South Jeffco.
    No one was injured in the blaze, which consumed the two-story house. The home was considered a total loss, with about $300,000 in damage.
    The homeowner was vacuuming in the early afternoon, when she smelled smoke. The woman immediately exited the house and called 911. An off-duty West Metro firefighter who lives less than a block away quickly responded, preparing a hydrant for the fire crew before they arrived.

  • Motorist killed after walking into traffic on C-470

    A 37-year-old Lakewood man was killed March 7 after he stopped his car in the middle of C-470 and walked into traffic.

  • Jeffco seeking applicants for boards and commissions

    The Jefferson County commissioners are seeking applicants to fill vacancies on numerous commissions and boards, many of which have vacancies or have seats up for appointment in late March.

    Among the entities with vacancies are the audit committee, library board, CSU Extension Advisory Board and Tri-County Workforce Investment Board. The audit committee, which was disbanded by the commissioners last year, has been reincarnated with an official charter, a detail the commissioners said the previous committee lacked.

  • Flying high: Special-needs kids revel in camaraderie, competition at basketball tourney

    Chatfield player Dylan Cuellar spiked his hair and carefully applied dozens of temporary tattoos down the length of his arms and around his neck in preparation for the annual Unified Basketball March Madness tournament.

    The get-up, an obvious tribute to his hero, the colorful Nuggets star Chris “Birdman” Andersen, was one he wore with pride.

  • Jeffco schools win four-year grant to improve literacy

    A $485,000 four-year grant designed to improve childhood literacy will fund a new summer reading program at four of the county’s most poverty-stricken elementary schools.

    Mile High United Way awarded the matching-fund grant last week to the Jefferson Foundation, an independent nonprofit that supports Jeffco Public Schools. Along with a $121,000 first-year contribution from the Salazar Family Foundation and upcoming fund-raising efforts, the amount will total $970,000, which will used to cover teacher pay and other expenses for the eight-week program.