Local News

  • Library patrons can check out energy use

      Homeowners curious about their energy consumption now have a tool to help them take control of utility costs, and that tool is as close as the nearest Jefferson County Public Library.

    Xcel Energy has donated 20 wattmeters to the library district, and they are now available for checkout by library patrons.

    “It’s a real eye-opener,” said Chris Dierker, market manager with Xcel Energy. “It’ll make you want to delve into the topic (of energy consumption) and get to be a savvy energy user.”

  • Desire to serve spurs Harvey into HD 28 race


    South Jeffco Democratic candidate Steve Harvey is very much aware of the slim odds of his unseating state House District 28 incumbent Jim Kerr.

    But Harvey, a globally traveled intellectual who earned a law degree at age 50, has used his campaign to make a mark on the local community, regardless, he says, of the 2010 election’s outcome.

  • Safe2Text program adds to students' safety options


    Students can use their cell phones to anonymously report bullying, potentially suicidal peers and other dangerous situations, under a pilot program being tested in Jeffco Public Schools.

    Safe2Text, a text-messaging subprogram of the 6-year-old Safe2Tell anonymous phone call system, was presented Sept. 1 to freshmen at Chatfield High School.

  • Kerr takes circuitous route to political world

      State Rep. Jim Kerr calls his path to politics a chance event, one he did not foresee during his lengthy career in the automotive service industry. The House District 28 incumbent is up for re-election this year, and he says he holds an edge over Democratic challenger Steve Harvey, citing his voting history as a “common sense” legislator.

    Kerr, 66, who was initially appointed by a vacancy committee to replace outgoing Rep. Don Lee in 2005, said he developed a taste for local politics after attending a caucus.

  • Former liquor store worker sentenced for under-age sales

    A former Lakewood liquor store employee convicted of selling alcohol to minors was sentenced in county court Monday to a total of three and a half years in jail.

    Van Pham, who worked in his wife’s business, Alameda Square Liquors, was on probation for a 2007 incident in which he provided apple vodka to a 15-year-old boy. In April, Pham was again arrested after selling a beer to an undercover 19-year-old police scout, who attempted to obtain alcohol as part of a sting operation. Pham’s parole was revoked after the arrest.

  • Deer Creek Challenge presents challenges

    Some 1,120 riders took to the windy mountain roads of Conifer, Evergreen and Kittredge early Sunday as the inaugural Deer Creek Challenge bike ride got rolling at 5:30 a.m.

    The riders were greeted civilly, if not happily, by local residents, with few outward signs of the contentious, longstanding battle between motorists and bicyclists over use of narrow foothills roads. But the controversy was never far below the surface.

  • Fun City granted new liquor license

    Fun City was granted a new liquor license Sept. 2, nearly six months to the day after new owners took possession of the embattled former Mr. Biggs property.

    Though the previous owner’s license was revoked, the three-member liquor board, which unanimously approved the permit, expressed optimism about the business’ apparent new direction.

  • 10-year-old sexually assaulted at The Ridge

      A 10-year-old boy was sexually assaulted Aug. 21 at The Ridge Recreation Center in South Jeffco, the second such assault in the men’s locker room this year.

    The boy told his parents he was assaulted while dressing after swimming, according to a news release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. The assault occurred about 5 p.m.

  • Cultural district debuts special deal for King Tut

      The sponsors of the Tutankhamun exhibit at the Denver Art Museum are offering a special ticket deal to members of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, which includes Jefferson and six other counties. 

    During September SCFD residents will be eligible to receive one free youth (age 6 to 17) ticket for every adult or senior ticket purchased, as a thank-you gift to cultural district members for their support for more than 20 years.

  • Jeffco CSAP scores put spotlight on writing

      Jeffco students generally are exceeding state averages on standardized tests, but last year’s results indicate a need to improve writing instruction.

    The 2009-10 results from Colorado Student Assessment Program testing show steady or slightly declining performance in many academic categories, prompting the Jeffco school board to consider ways to nourish student growth.