Local News

  • South Jeffco couple face trial in child-abuse case

    A Jeffco couple face trial on charges of child abuse after prosecution testimony alleged that they beat their adopted 6-year-old son with a belt and caused him to be severely malnourished.
    At a Dec. 2 priliminary hearing, Jefferson County Judge Jack DeVita found sufficient evidence to bind Christine and Randal Arnold over for a trial on child-abuse charges, noting there is significantly less burden of proof on the prosecution during a preliminary hearing. The trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 7.

  • Foothills golf courses having subpar year

    Fewer golfers have walked the fairways of Foothills Park & Recreation District courses so far in 2010 compared to last year, leading the district to slash the department’s 2011 budget by more than $200,000.

    The 5 to 12 percent decline in golf course revenue reflects a trend seen in districts throughout the state, said Foothills golf director Tom Woodard, who blames the recession for the drop in rounds played.

  • Expanded shelter sees leap in cat population

    Fluff waited helplessly in the February cold for humans who never returned home to their abandoned apartment.

    The longhaired tabby cat, haphazardly splotched with matted fur, was eventually saved from freezing by a neighbor, who shortly surrendered Fluff to a shelter after determining that the small creature did not exactly flourish in a home with dogs and small children.

    Upon her arrival at Table Mountain Animal Center, which has since been relocated under its new moniker, Foothills Animal Shelter, Fluff was examined, vaccinated and shaved.

  • Crosswalk improvements hinge on county study


    Results of a months-long traffic study will determine whether safety modifications will be made to a crosswalk near Dakota Ridge High School where a student was critically injured in October, though Jefferson County is making no promises.

    Traffic and engineering department employees are studying the flow of traffic on Coal Mine Avenue between West Bowles Avenue and South Ward Street, a move implemented following an accident at a crosswalk near the school that severely injured and hospitalized student Dallas Vosburg.

  • 3 Lakewood residents charged in ID-theft operation

    Three Lakewood residents and two others were indicted Nov. 19 on 87 counts stemming from their alleged participation in an unusual identity-theft operation, the Jeffco district attorney’s office announced Tuesday.

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  • Smartco closing Colorado stores

    Smartco Foods, a bargain grocery chain that opened five stores in Colorado this year, is closing its Colorado outlets after only three and a half months.

    The five stores in the Denver area, including one in Littleton, employ about 100 people. Up to 500 workers in Colorado could be unemployed following the closures, which California-based parent company Smart & Final announced Nov. 15. The decision was made following months of disappointing sales, a news release from the company stated.

  • Access period to Waterton Canyon cut

    The already brief period of public access to Waterton Canyon this winter was cut in half last week, when Denver Water announced a delay in the assembly of dredging equipment.

    Construction crews will be working two weeks further into December and for the entire month of February, allowing recreational access to the trail from Dec. 18 through Jan. 30. The previous dates open to the public spanned from Dec. 4 through Feb. 27.

  • Reward offered for info on memorial vandalism

    Ken Caryl residents are offering a $1,500 reward for information regarding the October vandalism of a memorial dedicated to United Airlines flight 93 Captain Jason Dahl, who lived in the community with his family.

    The memorial, a bronze eagle resting atop a granite block located at Tamarade Drive and Valley Parkway, was found Oct. 14 with the wings broken from the statue. The memorial has since been repaired.

  • Jeffco schools detail possible budget cuts

    The proposed cuts to the 2011-12 budget for the Jefferson County School District will involve core services, the district’s chief financial officer said.

    The district is estimating at least $26 million in cuts, and it will mean cutting even more positions than last year.

    “We’re already stretched pretty thin,” said Lorie Gillis, the district’s chief financial officer. “This time we’re not trimming the edges (of the budget). We will be cutting some services we provide.”