Local News

  • Jeffco Open Space Division looks ahead to tighter belt


    Over the next 10 years, cities and special districts can expect to get less grant money from the Jefferson County Open Space Division as the agency faces the reality of a not unexpected, but substantially diminished, nest egg.

    A large portion of the $160 million in bond money authorized in 1998 to fund acquisitions has been spent, meaning there is a lot less available for buying up raw land.

  • Foothills golf director pleads guilty to violating protection order

    An assault charge against Foothills Park & Recreation District golf director Tom Woodard was dropped earlier this month, though the former PGA player pleaded guilty Jan. 5 to a misdemeanor charge of violating a protection order.

    The recreation district is not planning disciplinary action against Woodard, who was arrested twice last June in connection with an alleged assault against his wife and the violation of a protection order.

  • Teens tackle tough questions at Science Bowl

    Hundreds of teens from around the state descended on Dakota Ridge High School on Jan. 29, pitting their math- and science-saturated brains against one another at the 21st annual Colorado Science Bowl.

    Students in teams of four or five faced off in short rounds, having mere seconds to calculate the area of a sphere, find the dielectric constant in a vacuum, and recite the functions of a cell nucleus.

  • Robberies double in Jeffco in 2010

    Robberies in Jefferson County more than doubled in 2010, an increase the Sheriff’s Office attributes in part to crime rampages led by small groups of bandits.

    There were 29 robberies last year, including everything from purse snatching to holdups at gunpoint. Only 14 robberies were reported in 2009.

    But overall, crime in Jeffco fell 4 percent last year, the Sheriff’s Office reported. There were 8,228 reported crimes in 2010, compared to 8,563 in 2009.

  • Man gets life in Golden slaying

    An Arvada man was sentenced Jan. 26 to life in prison for the murder of his 31-year-old ex-wife, who was found dead at her home in Golden in December 2009.

    Daryll Brown, 46, snuck into Alisha Brown’s home and bludgeoned her with a wine bottle as she slept, then strangled her.

    A Jefferson County jury found Brown guilty on Jan. 25, following a two-week trial.

  • Wings over Chatfield

    South Jeffco resident Bob English spent half of his 71 years piloting commercial airliners before hanging up his captain’s pin more than a decade ago.

    But the folksy Louisiana native has not abandoned his affinity for aviation — English continues to pilot airplanes, though now with a remote control and with his feet firmly planted on terra firma.

  • Frigid temps to keep schools closed Wednesday

    Jeffco Public Schools will keep all schools closed again Wednesday amid below-zero temperatures in the area.
    The district closed schools and all after-school activities on Tuesday because of the weather-related concerns. Jeffco officials said the below-zero temperatures pose a health and safety hazard for children who wait at bus stops.

  • Outdated information clouds Transparent Jeffco website

    Jefferson County’s Transparent Jeffco website, a list of county expenditures aimed at informing the public about government spending, was up to six months out of date until the Courier informed the county of the lack of current information.

    Early last week, the most current procurement card expenditures, which include items ranging from Colorado Bureau of Investigation background checks to movie rentals for the jail’s inmates, were listed as July 6, 2010, from when the information was updated in late October.

  • Deputies discover bevy of stolen items in Aspen Park

    Confusion over the location of an address led Jefferson County deputies to discover stolen cars, license plates, all-terrain vehicles and other items at a home in Aspen Park.

    The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the thefts, and no one has been arrested. It is working to find the owners of the stolen property and determine whether the stolen items are from along the U.S. 285 Corridor or from outside the area.

  • Theft victim learns his spoons, and forks, took trip up the hill

    Kevin Schneider doesn’t understand why thieves took the spoons. 

    Schneider, owner of Schneids’ Smokeshack restaurant in Littleton, said everything at his restaurant is tasty, but he was left with a sour taste in his mouth when thieves stole his catering business’ trailer and emptied it of everything from tents to tableware.