Local News

  • Golden resident named to county commission

    Republican John Odom, a former candidate in state Senate District 20, has been selected to succeed Kevin McCasky as Jefferson County commissioner.

    Odom, 43, a Golden resident who owns part of Blue Sky Medical, a Wheat Ridge medical-supply distribution company, was announced March 1 as the Jefferson County Republican Party vacancy committee’s top candidate.

    Odom lost to Democrat Cheri Jahn in the 2010 general election by about 4 percentage points.

  • Ethics group files complaint against McCasky

    A formal complaint against former Jeffco commissioner Kevin McCasky was filed March 2 with a state ethics panel, Colorado Ethics Watch announced.

    The complaint was sparked by a Feb. 16 Columbine Courier story revealing that McCasky had proposed a $20,000 increase in county funding to the Jefferson Economic Council, which then hired him as president in January. The JEC is receiving $400,000 from the county’s general fund this year.

  • Charged up by music

    Violinist Cory Cranford’s first experience at a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert four years ago was memorable.

    The Dakota Ridge High School student listened in awe, taking in the unique fusion of classical music with rock ’n’ roll. And he was invited onto the stage at the show’s conclusion and handed a surprise.

    “They brought me up to the stage and gave me a guitar,” Cranford said. “That was the first time I’d ever heard of them. … They made me promise to take lessons.”

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A variation on the sport of fencing

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A local man determined to sneak away from the scene of an accident unnoticed had a major hole in his plan — after crashing into a fence, a section of it attached itself to his car, serving as a fairly obvious pull-me-over-and-check-my-blood-alcohol sign to law enforcement.

  • Golden willing to talk — but preparing to sue — over parkway

    Golden officials warmed last week to negotiations surrounding the Jefferson Parkway, but city council members said they aren’t holding their breath that Jeffco or the parkway authority will work with them once the toll road is under construction.

  • Two arrested in storage-unit thefts

    Two men suspected of stealing truckloads of tools, sports memorabilia, jewelry and other items from numerous South Jeffco storage units were arrested early on Feb. 22 following an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

    Jerod Stultz and Michael Magee, both 32, are suspected of more than 100 storage-unit burglaries in South Jeffco, Littleton, Lakewood, Douglas County and Arvada, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

  • Foothills gives preliminary OK to gun-safety class

    A National Rifle Association gun-safety course to be offered by Foothills Park & Recreation District was tentatively approved Feb. 22, with the board of directors awaiting a contract with a South Jeffco private instructor.

    Though the class will be taught with fake guns and will not be held in Foothills buildings, the premise of associating the district with firearms evoked concern from a few residents and board members.

  • Red White & You will return July 1

    Red, White & You, the once-annual Clement Park celebration filled with fireworks, music and jumping castles, is returning this year after a two-year hiatus, the Foothills Park & Recreation District has announced.

    The event, which was canceled less than a month before its scheduled date in 2009 due to inadequate funding, will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. July 1 at Clement Park.

    As in prior years, Red, White & You will feature numerous inflatable children’s attractions, live music and a fireworks display.

  • Justice has seniority

    Rose Moniak was happy when Ira, a regular customer at the casino-bus terminal where she worked in Lakewood, walked in as he had before, countless times.

    The two would often chat over coffee while Ira waited for his ride to Black Hawk, where he held a hotel job.

    Moniak, working alone, welcomed the company.

    But on a day in February 2006, Moniak, then 75, had her trust destroyed beyond full repair.

  • ‘Love your kids’

    Feb. 23 is not an easy day for Pattie Nelson.

    It was on that date last year that her son, Matthew Thieu, was shot in the chest after a gunman opened fire outside Deer Creek Middle School.

    But it was a day that by all accounts was spared from a far grimmer outcome.

    Still, the event left deep emotional scars, and it continues for some as a reminder of human fragility, one that has reinforced ties and highlighted the important things in life.