Local News

  • Jeffco libraries see increased demand with no money to expand

    Fifteen minutes before the Columbine Library opened June 26, roughly a dozen customers stood outside waiting. As soon as the doors opened, the people flooded inside, occupying computers, picking up materials or perusing the shelves.

    "That's how it always is," said one man as he read a newspaper while waiting for one of the computers to be free.

  • County, city leaders break ground on new animal shelter

    With ceremonial shovels known affectionately as "pooper scoopers," Jefferson County commissioners and leaders of several municipalities within the county broke ground on a new animal shelter June 30.

    The shelter will replace the aging and crowded Table Mountain Animal Center in Golden, which has been the county's animal control facility for 33 years. The new shelter, set to open in fall 2010, will be called the Foothills Animal Shelter.

    The June 30 groundbreaking ceremony was at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, where the new shelter is being built.

  • Jeffco has Colorado's first 2009 case of West Nile virus

    The first confirmed case of the West Nile virus in Colorado in 2009 was confirmed last week in Jefferson County, according to the county health department.

    Jeffco public health spokeswoman Kodi Bryant said the case was confirmed in late June in an Arvada man who is recovering at home and expected to make a full recovery.

  • Commissioners nix charity bike ride on Deer Creek Canyon Road

    The Jefferson County commissioners have denied a special-event permit for a charity bicycling event Sept. 13 on Deer Creek Canyon Road.

    The 2-1 decision on June 30 came after two hearings, the first of which Commissioner Faye Griffin did not attend, and after numerous objections from canyon residents.

    Commissioners Kathy Hartman and Griffin voted against issuing a special-event permit, deeming the two-lane road unsafe for the event and citing hostilities between motorists and bicyclists.

  • Coffman sees progress in Iraq, problems in Afghanistan

    In the wake of U.S. troops moving out of Iraqi cities and transferring control to Iraqi security forces, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman says he sees the bulk of U.S. troops leaving Iraq by the end of next year.

    "All in all, it's pretty good," the Aurora Republican, who represents the 6th Congressional District, said of the military progress being made in Iraq.

    Coffman, who recently returned from a trip to Iraq, says the Iraqi security forces — military and police — have significant challenges to overcome.

  • Former county contractor will testify for Zinna in wiretapping lawsuit

    A federal wiretapping lawsuit against former Jeffco commissioner Jim Congrove became more interesting June 26 when a defendant in the case settled with the plaintiff and agreed to testify against Congrove and the other defendants.

    Mike Zinna, a longtime county critic, is suing Congrove, private investigator Daril Cinquanta, former deputy county attorney Duncan Bradley and Robert Cook in federal court. Zinna alleges the men illegally intercepted his personal e-mails and posted them to a website used to defame Zinna.

  • Jeffco sheriff joins countywide auto theft task force

    Car thieves in Jeffco now must combat a much more organized police presence.

    The Jefferson County Regional Auto Theft Task Force, which launched July 1, teams car-theft investigators from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office and police from Arvada, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge.

  • Answers from AJ: What happened to La Casona?

    Editor's note: Answers from AJ is semi-regular column written to answer questions posed by readers. Readers can ask questions about what's happening in the community, whether it be a local construction project or what insects are being monitored by the state in area parks. Please submit questions to aj@evergreenco.com or news@evergreenco.com.

    Question: What happened to La Casona?

    Answer: La Casona, a Mexican restaurant that was a fixture in South Jeffco for nearly 20 years, has closed.

  • Harvey seeking Dem nomination in HD 28

    For the first time since 2004, a Democrat not named Tom Dittemore is running in the November 2010 election for state House District 28.

    Steve Harvey, a South Jeffco Democat who lives a stone's throw from Deer Creek Middle School, will take on incumbent Republican Jim Kerr, who will be seeking his third full term if he chooses to run again.

    Harvey said June 25 that he's come to a place where it's time to put his life's experience to the test and help craft policy.

  • County to seek legislation granting more power to regulate bicyclists

    Amid the controversy over a proposed charity bicycle event on Deer Creek Canyon Road, the Jeffco commissioners will propose state legislation that would give them more authority to bar cyclists from some county roads altogether.