Local News

  • Two candidates remain for director of Jeffco libraries

    The Jefferson County Public Library board pared its list of 26 candidates for library director to two last week.
    The library named as finalists David Farnan, the Douglas County Libraries’ associate director of community services, and Cynthia Kolaczynski , deputy director of the Maricopa Public Library District. The person selected will succeed former Jeffco libraries director Marcellus Turner, who was hired to head the Seattle Public Library system.
    Both Farnan and Kolaczynski hold master of library science degrees.

  • Library board considers filters to block porn on computers

    Pornographic images may soon be blocked from computers in Jefferson County public libraries, though the textual content of websites such as those of Playboy and Penthouse may not.

    At a library study session Aug. 11, board members weighed several options in regulating Internet content, including doing nothing at all. Other possible choices include blocking only images considered pornographic or blocking pornographic websites in their entirety.

    Though library staff and board members seemed to favor filtering images, that process would have several flaws.

  • Sheriff's Office makes arrest made in rash of purse thefts in area

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office arrested a man July 27 in connection with recent purse thefts in South Jeffco, Lakewood, Broomfield and Arvada.

    Timothy Allen Browne, 43, has yet to be formally charged in relation to the thefts. However, Browne, who was recently paroled by the Department of Corrections, has been charged with a parole violation and a count of aggravated motor vehicle theft.

  • New Montessori school targets the younger set

    Preschool is considered by many to be the first fundamental step in a child’s education. But for some, an early start on learning can’t come early enough.

    A new South Jeffco Montessori school is attempting to address that need, offering programs for infants only 6 weeks out of the womb to children as old as 3 — the age at which traditional preschool typically begins.

  • County considering rules for distressed properties

    The Jeffco commissioners are poised to enact a distressed-property ordinance designed to prevent foreclosed homes from becoming flophouses, nearly a year after the county lobbied the state legislature to allow such measures.

    The proposed ordinance, which the Sheriff’s Office revised after the commissioners earlier this year criticized a previous version as too intrusive on property rights, could be passed in as little as 60 days.

  • County zeroes in on blighted bus benches

    Ugly, decaying bus-stop benches are an epidemic in South Jeffco, and the county is planning to address the problem by revamping its advertising-vendor policy, officials said at an Aug. 2 meeting with the county commissioners.

  • A good judge of character

    Chief District Judge Brooke Jackson was just over a year into his judicial career when he was assigned the highest-profile cases in Jefferson County history — the lawsuits filed following the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School.

    He was also handed his first death-penalty case after only two weeks in the job.

  • Planning board frowns on legalizing short-term rentals

    The Jeffco planning commission voted 6-1 Wednesday night to reject a recommendation to legalize short-term vacation-rental houses in unincorporated Jefferson County.

    During the three-hour hearing, 14 parties spoke against and three people spoke in favor of the proposal, which included some moderate restrictions. Opponents included a couple of HOAs from Littleton and numerous residents of Evergreen.

  • Chatfield swim beach reopens

    Officials reopened Chatfield State Park’s swim beach Thursday, following the fourth closure this summer due to high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.

    The contamination was likely due to recent heavy rains, the park said, which can wash material into the reservoir, and high temperatures, which can encourage bacterial proliferation.

    Closures were initiated on July 7, July 20, July 27 and August 3.

    A similar closure happened last year, though such events are not necessarily an annual occurrence, a spokeswoman said.

  • Blues Festival benefit concert set for Clement Park

    Sixteen blues bands will take the stage Aug. 6 at Clement Park for the Blue Star Blues Festival, an event to benefit an organization that helps provide music therapy to children with life-threatening illnesses.

    The day-long inaugural festival will feature artists Mike Zito, Ana Popovic and Tommy Castro as headlining acts.