Local News

  • Red, White & You is back

    Tens of thousands of locals are expected to pack Clement Park on July 1 for the return of Foothills Park & Recreation District’s annual Red White & You celebration.

    The event, which features a fireworks display and headlining rhythm-and-blues band Chase N The Dream, begins at 5 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m.

  • Former county administrator settles suit with Jeffco for $175,000

    Former Jeffco county administrator Jim Moore settled his wrongful-termination lawsuit against the county in May, collecting $175,000 under a deal that prohibits both parties from discussing the case.

    Moore, who was fired from the high-level position in December 2009, received less than $38,000 of the total, with the remaining $137,000 being paid to his attorneys.

    Though a federal judge dismissed Commissioner Faye Griffin and former commissioners Kathy Hartman and Kevin McCasky as defendants in late April, the county itself was not dismissed until June 2.

  • State ethics commission will investigate McCasky

    The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission has initiated a full investigation into the hiring of former Jeffco commissioner Kevin McCasky by an economic council to which he voted to direct county funds while being considered for the council’s high-paying top job.

    McCasky, now president of the Jefferson Economic Council, was hired by the nonprofit in January, shortly after he proposed increasing the county’s annual general-fund contribution to the council from $380,000 to $400,000.

  • Board approves tasting permit for Tipsy’s

    In a decision at odds with its own policy, the Jeffco liquor board approved on June 9 a new beer and wine tasting permit for Tipsy’s Liquor World two months after the store was ordered closed for two days for selling wine to a visibly intoxicated man.

  • County still weighing OK on vacation rentals

    The Jeffco commissioners inched closer to approving short-term vacation rentals June 14, directing staff to initiate the long process of changing zoning regulations.

  • County to make $90,000 in repairs to Taj Mahal dome

    Jefferson County is planning to spend nearly $90,000 repairing the Taj Mahal’s atrium dome, which will involve resealing leaky metal seams around the windows.

    Dripping water has been a constant issue since heavy rains began earlier this year, the county said.

    “We have a lot of buckets down there. That’s not good,” facilities director Dan Brindle said in a June 14 meeting with the Board of Commissioners. “The caulking in the dome is 20 years old. … We’d like to get that done as soon as possible.”

  • Jeffco planning to sell public health campus

    Jefferson County is planning to sell its 18-acre public health campus in Lakewood to Colorado Christian University for a total of $3.75 million.

    The county initially sought bids for the property at 260 S. Kipling St. last year but received no offers. A representative from CCU contacted the county administrator recently, indicating a desire to expand the school’s campus.

    Jeffco also recently received a $2.8 million bid from Goldberg Properties, an offer it may entertain if the potential deal with the university falls through.

  • For these fathers, a day at a time

    Miniature candy-bar wrappers crinkle as a dozen men seated at a circle of tables take bites, stacking the wrappers in small piles and listening intently as others take turns speaking.

    They come from all parts of the metro area. Among them are a construction worker, a musician, an unemployed welder and a stand-up comedian.

    Their backgrounds vary, but stories of divorce, financial struggles and incarceration are common.

  • An honest portrayal

    In his beaver-felt hat with silk lining, John Voehl is a page of history come to life as he lives and breathes the stories of Abraham Lincoln.

    Voehl, a Littleton resident who looks more than just a little like the 16th president, said portraying Lincoln is a passion.

    “It was scary for me,” Voehl said, “how much I look like Lincoln, and when I walk by a mirror, I jump like I’ve seen a ghost.”

  • Community superintendent Anderson leaves Jeffco schools

    Jeffco Public Schools community superintendent Holly Anderson resigned last month, and the district has hired a successor for the high-level job.

    Dan Cohan, a former high school principal who was serving as the schools’ executive director for the same region, which includes the Columbine, Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Evergreen and Conifer areas, is already working in the position, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said.