Local News

  • Cultivating the grassroots


    U.S. Senate hopeful and Highlands Ranch resident Charley Miller is mounting an improbable challenge to the reigning two-party system, and despite a lack of name recognition, he refuses to accept the long odds his campaign faces.

    Miller, an unaffiliated candidate whose catch-phrase is “Stop the insanity,” wants to make local voters aware of options outside the Republican and Democratic parties, both of which he draws from in his hybrid political views.

  • Jeffco lauds judge's decision to dismiss county from Zinna case


    Jeffco officials last week praised several long-awaited rulings in the First Amendment lawsuit brought against the county by former radio host Mike Zinna, including a Sept. 24 decision upholding the county’s dismissal from the case.

    U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch awarded Zinna $8,000 in attorney fees and about $9,000 in court costs, a paltry sum compared to the half million dollars Zinna said he has spent on the suit.

  • A team effort


    Chatfield High seniors Dean Wright and Nik Treece have an appreciation for how precious life can be — both watched their moms live through the shock of a cancer diagnosis and the grueling treatments that followed.

    On Sunday morning, Treece, Wright and Wright’s mother, Colleen — along with the boys’ friends and teammates from Chatfield — were among 60,000 participants in the 18th annual Komen Denver Race for the Cure.

  • Foothills updates policy for prairie dog control


    The Foothills Park & Recreation District moved last week to update its guidelines for exterminating prairie dogs, minimally altering the document to reflect its current practices.

  • Hartman, Rosier address county budget in debate


    County Commissioner Kathy Hartman squared off against her election opponent, Republican Don Rosier, at a Plan Jeffco forum Sept. 21 in a civil albeit technologically impeded election debate.

    Rosier, who was unable to attend the forum in person, appeared on a large projection screen behind Hartman in the county’s Open Space meeting room, frequently cutting out as the Internet connection slowed.

  • Jeffco schools land $33 million grant to boost teacher pay


    Jeffco Public Schools has won a $32.8 million federal grant to pilot a potentially lucrative performance-based compensation system for teachers at 20 low-income elementary and middle schools, the district announced last week.

    Though none of the selected schools are in South Jeffco, three schools, including Lakewood’s O’Connell Middle School, have already been chosen. Requirements for the grant specified that at least 50 percent of students in each school be eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches.

  • Firefighters extinguish blaze in home's attic

    A fire apparently sparked by an attic fan broke out shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in a South Jeffco home on the 10000 block of West Fair Avenue. West Metro Fire responded with more than two dozen firefighters, extinguishing the blaze within less than 30 minutes.

    “It looked like an electric attic fan shorted out,” said Assistant Chief Keith Schneider. “We had five rigs come over and 25 firefighters … it took about 25 minutes to pull apart all the smoldering debris in the attic.”

  • Foundation holds cleanup event at Columbine Memorial


    Marking the two-year anniversary of the Columbine Memorial’s dedication, about 30 locals donned gardening gloves Sept. 25, pulling weeds, removing trash, planting flower bulbs and generally tidying up the locally revered park.

    Though the Columbine Memorial Foundation holds such cleanup events a few times every year, additional help is needed to maintain the site’s appearance, said the group’s president, Kirsten Kreiling, who made a plea for more community involvement.

  • Rock of Southwest set to begin controversial addition


    A South Jeffco church is poised to break ground this week on a contentious 13,000-square-foot, two-story expansion that will include classrooms and a large gymnasium. The Rock of Southwest Baptist Church is waiting for necessary permits before starting construction on the new building, which will be linked to the existing 27,000-square-foot church via a small passage.

    Residents have raised concerns about the potential for increased traffic, particularly in light of the facility’s proximity to neighboring Westridge Elementary School.


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