Local News

  • Groups help pay shooting victim's medical bills

    Medical expenses may have been the last thing on Pattie Duhamel’s mind after her son Matt Thieu was shot Feb. 23 outside Deer Creek Middle School. Thankful that Matt’s life was saved by medical teams at Littleton Adventist Hospital and Children’s Hospital, tens of thousands of dollars in bills was, by comparison, a trifling detail.

    But facing more than $90,000 in charges from the hospitals and an ambulance ride, Duhamel, who works as a caregiver for a quadriplegic young girl, found herself months later struggling to address the daunting sum.

  • 400-acre fire at Lockheed fully contained

    A grass fire that spread to about 400 acres on Lockheed Martin’s property near Roxburough State Park was fully extinguished Sunday evening after burning for more than two days.

    Though no structures were at risk, about 50 horses were evacuated from a nearby stable on Saturday morning. The fire began after 4 p.m. Oct. 8 and did not cause any injuries.

  • Economy, spending hot topics at candidate forum

    A crowd of more than 200 heard a variety of candidates voice their views at the Evergreen Lake House on Oct. 5, but one gubernatorial campaign pulled out of the event at the 11th hour.

    Though Denver Mayor and gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper had pledged to send his running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Joe Garcia, the campaign withdrew from the forum the day before, saying the event too closely resembled a debate.

  • Library board appointments held up by commissioners

    An increasingly tense relationship between the Jeffco commissioners and the library board apparently has resulted in the re-appointments of three library board positions being held up by the commissioners.

  • Policy muzzles school board members

    All but one Jeffco school board member is barred from speaking to the press about issues related to the board’s activities, a board member recently informed the Columbine Courier.

    Under a policy adopted in 2000, only the Board of Education president, currently former Jeffco district attorney Dave Thomas, is allowed to respond to press queries on all topics not exclusive to a single board member.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Couple charged with beating adopted son


    A South Jeffco couple were charged Sept. 29 with multiple counts child abuse and are suspected of beating their adopted 6-year-old son with a belt buckle and keeping him severely malnourished.

    Investigations into Randal and Christine Arnold’s treatment of the boy began on Sept. 17, when Littleton Fire Rescue workers responded to an emergency call at the couple’s home. The boy was found unresponsive and covered with bruises, an arrest affidavit states.

  • Emily's Parade rolls out of Columbine

      Motorcyclists who participated in the fourth annual Emily’s Parade on Sunday weren’t the only ones who enjoyed the ride from South Jeffco to Bailey — people lined U.S. 285 and cheered the riders on their way to Platte Canyon High School.

    Nearly 2,000 motorcycles made the 45-mile trip to remember Emily Keyes, who was killed by a gunman at Platte Canyon High School on Sept. 27, 2006. The parade raises money for the I Love U Guys Foundation, a nonprofit headed by Emily’s father, John-Michael Keyes.

  • County facing $531,000 in building repairs

      Damage to Jeffco’s infrastructure will cost the county $531,000 in coming months to cover emergency repairs. Repairs are needed, county officials said last week, in the Taj Mahal’s parking garages and in a section of the Laramie Building, which has shifted due to clay deposits below the foundation.

    The county will transfer funds from a planned software acquisition and a concrete-improvement project at the Taj in cover the repair costs.

  • Meetings and Groups


    SOUTHWEST JEFFCO LEADS CLUB: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, IHOP, 7733 W. Long Drive. Call Eula Skupa at 303-795-3526.

    BUSINESS-2-BUSINESS NETWORKING GROUP: Meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. for one hour every Tuesday morning at Raccoon Creek Golf Course — The Grove Restaurant, 7301 W. Bowles Ave. For information, call Elva Hahn at 720-935-3656.