Local News

  • State lawmaker’s nephew killed in Afghanistan

    A naval officer related to South Jeffco state Rep. Jim Kerr was killed July 23 while on a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

    Petty Officer Justin McNeley, 30, who grew up in Wheat Ridge, had been stationed in Afghanistan for nearly a year, serving a support mission with land-based forces.

    “He was a really good kid,” said Kerr, McNeley’s uncle through marriage. Kerr and his family spoke briefly to media outlets, later issuing a statement through the Navy and asking for privacy.

  • Libertarian congressional hopeful ‘panhandles’ for contributions

      Libertarian congressional candidate Rob McNealy and a group of supporters panhandled for campaign contributions July 28 in Aurora, holding signs reading “Betcha’ can’t hit me with a quarter” and “Throw the bums out of D.C.”

    Passing drivers at the busy Interstate 225 northbound off-ramp at Parker Road seemed to respond tepidly to the tongue-in-cheek stunt, though some honked horns or rolled down car windows to accept pamphlets.

  • Visitors enjoy Waterton Canyon on final day before closure

    Waterton Canyon is closed.

    The popular hiking and bicycling path — a starting point of the famous Colorado Trail — will remain inaccessible from Aug. 2 through Dec. 3, as contractors begin dredging at least 625,000 cubic yards of muck from Strontia Springs Reservoir.

    With temperatures hovering in the 80s, scores of visitors visited the canyon Sunday for a farewell day of recreation. Though skies remained clear for most of the day, afternoon and evening drizzles punctuated the final hours of the park’s public availability.

  • Kearns runs as write-in in 6th district

      Michael Shawn Kearns, 52, a retired military intelligence officer with no previous experience in elected office, has launched a low-key campaign as an unaffiliated, write-in candidate in the 6th Congressional District, which includes Evergreen.

    Other candidates in the running are incumbent Republican Mike Coffman, Libertarian Rob McNealy of Aurora and Democrat John Flerlage of Littleton.

  • Jeffco animal shelter reduces adoption rates before move

      The cost of animal adoptions at the Table Mountain Animal Center will be reduced by 50 percent through Aug. 8, as the center prepares its move to the new Foothills Animal Shelter building.

    The shelter currently houses more than 300 dogs, cats and small animals and is attempting to reduce the number of pets that will need to be relocated to the new building, which opens Aug. 11. Animals will be transported to the new 30,000-square-foot facility at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Aug. 9 and 10; neither building will be open on those two days.

  • Challenger Radeff cites negotiation skills, business acumen


    House District 22 challenger Democrat Chris Radeff has been practicing law for 16 years, experience that she says makes her an ideal candidate for the state legislature.

    As a family-law attorney, the Lakewood resident has guided hundreds of families through divorce, with most ending in amicable settlements, she said. And though she openly plugs her negotiation skills, she also cites years of running a successful small business as indicative of economic aptitude.

  • Brush fire burns 74 acres on Hogback

     About 74 acres of the Dakota Ridge Hogback burned in a brush fire that broke out about 2 p.m. Monday near C-470 south of the Morrison Road exit. The cause of the blaze still was undetermined as of Tuesday morning.

    Strong winds fanned the flames and pushed the rapidly growing fire south. Authorities had closed eastbound C-470 at I-70 by 5 p.m. Monday because of fire equipment being sent to the scene.

  • Part of the plan


    Residents’ opinions on bikes, pedestrians and land-use issues were discussed last week at the second of two sparsely attended public meetings on an update to South Jeffco’s community plan.

    County planning officials collected public input through a small survey and gave brief overviews of the process by which the area’s individual plan will be integrated into the county’s new Comprehensive Master Plan. Also presented was a draft of the county’s bike/pedestrian plan, which is likely to take effect next year.

  • Police blocking access to residential area near Belleview Acres Park

    Police closed access to several blocks near Belleview Acres Park on Thursday, citing a resident’s refusal to cooperate with the Sheriff’s Office in a property reclamation visit to his home.

    Multiple law-enforcement vehicles obstructed the entrance to the 13000 block of West Arlington Place, with yellow crime-scene tape and squad cars also restricting access to South Zinnia Court.


  • Sex offender arrested after home invasion

      A registered sex offender was arrested early July 19 in South Jeffco after a local family reportedly discovered him trespassing in their garage.

    Sean Deering, a Lakewood resident, is charged with six felony counts and is accused of entering the garage of a home in the 8700 block of West Fair Drive. The intruder allegedly crept under the garage door, which was open by about a foot. A woman who was asleep in the home woke shortly before 2 a.m. to find a man walking around in the unlit garage.