Local News

  • DA warns of rise in automated phone ‘phishing’ schemes

    District Attorney Scott Storey is warning citizens of a telephone scam that has resurfaced in Jefferson County. In the last few days, several people have called the DA’s office to report that they have received disturbing automated phone calls alleging to be from their bank or credit union.

  • Off-leash proposals dogged by critics

    Proposals to shrink the popular off-leash dog park at Chatfield State Park are drawing criticism from canine enthusiasts, who say their groups’ views have not been fairly considered. Those groups say proposed changes don’t reflect their interests and that the modifications won’t decrease conflicts among park visitors.

    Users of the off-leash area object to a proposal to halve the size of the dog park, to fence the area, and to discontinue access to the South Platte River.

  • Open space, closed government


  • Eastwood arraignment rescheduled for July 12


    The arraignment for suspected Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood was rescheduled Monday following a request from a defense lawyer. Discovery documents in the case have burgeoned to about 5,000 pages, and the defense has yet to fully review all of them.

    “With regard to the expansive discovery, I would like to have gone through that,” public defender Thea Reiff said about reviewing the documents before Eastwood enters a plea.

  • South Jeffco burglars target open garage doors

    A string of burglaries in South Jeffco has prompted the Sheriff’s Office to urge residents to practice the simple precaution of closing their garage doors. Thieves have boldly entered at least three local homes and another in the northern part of the county since May 17 through open garage doors.

    “Normally it’s a quick hit,” sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said. “But you don’t often see this, where they’ll make entry into the house.”

  • Mink looks ahead to next term

      Heading into an election without an opponent, Sheriff Ted Mink isn’t worried about staying in office. But in an interview, he stressed the upcoming challenges his department will face.

    Though the Sheriff’s Office has yet to lay off any employees in the face of an expected budget decline, the looming shortfall will present challenges. And a new state law likely will put additional stress on the jail.

  • County weighs bids for project at Wadsworth and Bowles

      Jefferson County is considering construction bids for an $8.3 million project at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Bowles Avenue, moving one step closer to breaking ground on an overhaul that will include a pedestrian bridge over the busy intersection.

    Four contractors submitted individual bids ranging from $5.3 million to $6.7 million. Though the county is likely to accept the low bid, the proposal must pass a review and be approved by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

  • Schools’ 2010 budget cuts 70 teachers


    Seventy teaching positions will be eliminated following adoption of the Jeffco school district’s 2010-11 budget, which pares $14 million from the previous year’s allotment. A total of 136 district jobs are being cut.

    Other reductions include decreased transportation routes, larger class sizes and fewer elective course offerings. The district is tapping $36 million in reserve funds to help bridge part of the budget gap. The spending reductions follow dramatic decreases in state funding.

  • American White Pelicans nest at Johnson Reservoir

    Gliding frequently in majestic patterns of perfect synchronicity above South Jeffco, a migratory flock of American white pelicans has returned to its short seasonal residence at Johnson Reservoir. Though the species has been known to nest in the state since 1962, the small group of birds near Clement Park has made appearances only in recent years.

    Foothills Park & Recreation District workers began noticing the pelicans about six or seven years ago, an employee said.

  • Liquor sales resume at Fun City

    Liquor sales resumed May 21 at Fun City, the new business entity that has taken over the former Mr. Biggs location in South Jeffco.

    The county liquor board recently granted a temporary permit for the business following a district court’s issuance of a restraining order against a board decision to revoke the license.