Local News

  • Putting out the fire

    Quitting smoking is one of the most popular new year’s resolutions, and the Jefferson County public health department usually sees a spike in demand for help shortly after New Year’s Day.

    And though the county has its own tobacco prevention initiative, it does not offer a formal smoking-cessation program. Instead, the department refers residents to other resources, namely the Colorado Quit Line and the Jefferson Center for Mental Health.

  • Driver whose car hit blind students charged

    A 21-year-old driver who allegedly lost control of her car and hit three blind students as they waited for a bus Dec. 17 in Littleton was charged Dec. 27 with three misdemeanor counts of careless driving.

    Nina Mastroianna of Englewood faces one count of careless driving resulting in death and two counts of careless driving resulting in injury. Each count carries up to a $1,000 fine.

  • Christmas tree recycling available

    Desiccating remnants of once-glorious Christmas trees, now scattering needles in living rooms across South Jeffco, can be recycled locally and turned into mulch.

    Trees can be taken to the Rooney Road Recycling Center at 151 S. Rooney Road in Golden and recycled for $1. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

  • A stamp of approval

    After years of drafting computer diagrams and architectural schematics, South Jeffco resident Bonnie Warner wanted a bit more color in her life.

    So Warner dove into the crafty subculture of stamping, a do-it-yourself art combining media such as ink, fabric, colored pencils and paint thinner to create cards, books and virtually anything that can reside on paper.

    And for 15 years, Warner, 46, who in October opened a local stamping emporium, has been a recognized name in the stamping world, traveling a multi-state circuit of 12 annual events.

  • First snow creates fun, snarls

    Winter weather finally landed in South Jeffco last week, during a season that has been dominated by unusually warm and dry conditions.

    As heavy snow began falling by late morning on Dec. 30, residents formed queues at hardware and tire stores, stocking up on winter necessities.

  • Food-assistance applications up again in 2010

    Demand for food assistance in Jefferson County rose by more than 45 percent in 2010.

    Last year, the county received 18,281 food-stamp applications, up from 12,567 in 2009 and 7,925 in 2008.

    Similarly, Medicaid applications and child welfare calls to the county hotline increased by nearly 7 percent, though demand for other human services programs fluctuated less dramatically. The county received 9,141 Medicaid applications last year, compared to 8,527 in 2009.

  • Winter arrives late, but with a lot of baggage

    Winter weather finally landed in South Jeffco on Thursday, during a season that has been dominated by unusually warm and dry conditions.
    As heavy snow began falling by late morning, residents formed queues at hardware and tire stores, stocking up on winter necessities.

  • Heroism and second chances top year in news

    An old Chinese proverb says, “May you live in interesting times.” And 2010 was an interesting year for South Jeffco.

    From an eleventh-hour sparing of Ken Caryl Middle School to an ongoing legal battle between Jefferson County and a marijuana dispensary, a few stories stand out in a year filled with a mix of hard news and unusual events.

  • A pet project for students

    A pack of cold noses provided warm holiday cheer at a school for developmentally disabled students Dec. 22, when Foothills Animal Shelter brought a few gregarious pooches to Laradon Hall.

    As part of a new partnership between the two entities, a group of Laradon’s students work five-day shifts at the shelter, acquiring custodial training and learning to take pride in a hard day’s work. And the shelter, which operates on donations and government allocations, is able to keep its new facility tidier than its budget would normally allow.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Architect of his own destruction

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A local man headed home from a night of drinking at a Denver bar was reportedly well aware he took in a bit too much holiday cheer. After driving erratically on Dec. 16, the driver was pulled over by a deputy, to whom he reportedly said, “I’m so screwed.” To no one’s surprise, the man did not ace his roadside maneuvers, and he was taken to detox.