Local News

  • Community walk to benefit Rett syndrome research

    Hundreds will gather Aug. 14 at Clement Park for the annual Walk-N-Roll for Rett, an event that raises money for research into the incapacitating neurological disorder known as Rett syndrome.

    The walk, organized by the Rocky Mountain Rett Association and previously known as the Colorado Western Strollathon, is in its fifth year. The event features a 1.4-mile walk around the park, a carnival, live music, a magician and a chuck-wagon lunch.

  • Neighborhood connections


    Residents in neighborhoods across the county poured into the streets Aug. 3 for an evening of camaraderie and crime-awareness barbecues. In South Jeffco locals celebrated the 26th annual National Night Out with food, children’s activities and appearances by fire and sheriff’s officers.

    “It just gets everybody together. You get to know your neighbors,” said Sheri Gallagher, an organizer for the event in the Hillside at Stony Creek neighborhood. “It’s just great for the community.”

  • Body found along bike path

    A body was found early Sunday morning along a bike path near C-470 and West Bowles Avenue. A bicyclist discovered the unidentified man about 6:10 a.m. while riding on the trail.

    The death does not appear suspicious, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley, though investigators are interviewing acquaintances of the man, whose next of kin have not yet been notified.

    “The body has been removed,” she said. “It’s still under investigation.”


  • Incumbent Summers talks about health care, economy

    Two-term Republican state Rep. Ken Summers has spent more than three decades building a career in Christian-service organizations.

    The Colorado native and longtime Lakewood resident began work as an associate pastor at a Pentecostal church in 1978, and he was most recently hired as executive director of Teen Challenge of the Rocky Mountains, a Christianity-based program for “those with life-controlling problems.”

  • State lawmaker’s nephew killed in Afghanistan

    A naval officer related to South Jeffco state Rep. Jim Kerr was killed July 23 while on a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

    Petty Officer Justin McNeley, 30, who grew up in Wheat Ridge, had been stationed in Afghanistan for nearly a year, serving a support mission with land-based forces.

    “He was a really good kid,” said Kerr, McNeley’s uncle through marriage. Kerr and his family spoke briefly to media outlets, later issuing a statement through the Navy and asking for privacy.

  • Libertarian congressional hopeful ‘panhandles’ for contributions

      Libertarian congressional candidate Rob McNealy and a group of supporters panhandled for campaign contributions July 28 in Aurora, holding signs reading “Betcha’ can’t hit me with a quarter” and “Throw the bums out of D.C.”

    Passing drivers at the busy Interstate 225 northbound off-ramp at Parker Road seemed to respond tepidly to the tongue-in-cheek stunt, though some honked horns or rolled down car windows to accept pamphlets.

  • Visitors enjoy Waterton Canyon on final day before closure

    Waterton Canyon is closed.

    The popular hiking and bicycling path — a starting point of the famous Colorado Trail — will remain inaccessible from Aug. 2 through Dec. 3, as contractors begin dredging at least 625,000 cubic yards of muck from Strontia Springs Reservoir.

    With temperatures hovering in the 80s, scores of visitors visited the canyon Sunday for a farewell day of recreation. Though skies remained clear for most of the day, afternoon and evening drizzles punctuated the final hours of the park’s public availability.

  • Kearns runs as write-in in 6th district

      Michael Shawn Kearns, 52, a retired military intelligence officer with no previous experience in elected office, has launched a low-key campaign as an unaffiliated, write-in candidate in the 6th Congressional District, which includes Evergreen.

    Other candidates in the running are incumbent Republican Mike Coffman, Libertarian Rob McNealy of Aurora and Democrat John Flerlage of Littleton.

  • Jeffco animal shelter reduces adoption rates before move

      The cost of animal adoptions at the Table Mountain Animal Center will be reduced by 50 percent through Aug. 8, as the center prepares its move to the new Foothills Animal Shelter building.

    The shelter currently houses more than 300 dogs, cats and small animals and is attempting to reduce the number of pets that will need to be relocated to the new building, which opens Aug. 11. Animals will be transported to the new 30,000-square-foot facility at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Aug. 9 and 10; neither building will be open on those two days.

  • Challenger Radeff cites negotiation skills, business acumen


    House District 22 challenger Democrat Chris Radeff has been practicing law for 16 years, experience that she says makes her an ideal candidate for the state legislature.

    As a family-law attorney, the Lakewood resident has guided hundreds of families through divorce, with most ending in amicable settlements, she said. And though she openly plugs her negotiation skills, she also cites years of running a successful small business as indicative of economic aptitude.