Local News

  • Boy bitten by rattler recovering

      A 7-year-old Milliken boy who was bitten June 4 by a rattlesnake at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is in good condition and was expected to be discharged from Littleton Adventist Hospital on Monday. Michael Harris, who was touring the park with his family during the gardens’ free admission day, was bitten on the ankle.

  • 'Seniors, the rest of your lives begin tonight'

    Working 20 hours of overtime per week as a manager for a janitorial company, high school senior Ashley McAnallen had a hard time keeping her head above water in class. Her work schedule did not mesh easily with the traditional morning-to-afternoon high school program, and though she attended Brady Exploration School in Lakewood, an option institution, it was not a good fit for her.

    McAnallen was among hundreds of high school seniors who made their ways across commencement stages last week.

  • Protecting kids online

      The drawer of a steel filing cabinet in detective Mike Harris’ office is labeled with a bumper sticker reading, “Believe the children.” Prominently displayed on an adjacent wall are small mug shots of more than 400 adults, all of whom were arrested in Internet stings targeting sexual predators.

    The arrests came thanks to the county’s Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations unit, which was created in 1996 when Harris was hired by the district attorney.


  • County poised to buy S. Jeffco building for services hub

    Jefferson County is poised to spend $6.5 million on a new building in South Jeffco that would house the sheriff’s substation and motor vehicle department. The Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on the proposal at an upcoming hearing.

    At nearly 33,000 square feet, the new facility would be almost twice as large as the two existing spaces, which the county leases from private owners.

  • Proposed fee at Chatfield dog park opposed

    More than 20 years of operation and thousands of paws have slowly beaten away at the vegetation and soil at the Chatfield dog park, and officials are taking one last round of public input before putting a new plan for the area before the board of directors for state parks.

    But a proposal to reduce the size of the off-leash area and to charge dog owners for its use is running into opposition.

  • Cops put the finger on resident for expressing himself

    A South Jeffco resident delivered an unfriendly gesture to his neighbor May 19, only to be greeted in return with a ticket from the Sheriff’s Office.

    Joseph Vanderzwart, 24, was riding his motorcycle near another resident’s condo balcony and displayed his disdain for her by prominently presenting his middle finger. It was the latest in a series of confrontations the two have had, he said, following an incident in which the neighbor voiced her disapproval of his dog walking around off-leash.

  • County considers regulations on pot dispensaries

    Jefferson County is considering regulations governing medical-marijuana dispensaries, including a possible ban in unincorporated areas of the county.

    The county commissioners, the county attorney, the sheriff and planning and zoning staff held a closed-door meeting to discuss House Bill 1284, the wide-ranging dispensary legislation awaiting Gov. Bill Ritter’s signature.

  • County’s new animal shelter nears completion

    The finishing touches are being completed on the new Foothills Animal Shelter, and the current facility could be packing its bags — and kennels — for a move in late July. One of the most prominent changes includes a relocation of the veterinary clinic from a parking lot to a permanent building.

  • Graduation time

    Thousands of South Jeffco high school seniors will bid farewell to their academic institutions in the coming weeks, receiving diplomas and sending graduation caps high into the air.

    The five area high schools will host graduation ceremonies as follows:

      Chatfield High School May 21 at 9 a.m. Red Rocks Amphitheater

    Gates open at 7 a.m., and a shuttle providing handicap transportation from the parking lots begins at 7:30 a.m. Parking information is available at www.redrocksonline.com

  • Schools put 136 jobs on chopping block

    Jeffco Public Schools would cut 136 employee positions under a proposed budget rolled out May 13 that cuts $14 million over the previous year’s spending.

    Increased class sizes, higher athletic fees, fewer transportation routes and reduced choices for electives would result from the budget, which was designed in the face of massive cuts in state funding.