Local News

  • Small-business owners voice economic concerns

    U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman walked away from a small-business forum May 19 with a slight surprise: Despite some evidence of a rebounding economy, the entrepreneurial outlook on that recovery is anything but sanguine.

    Small-business owners face numerous hurdles in making profits, many said, ranging from decreased credit lines to a tighter leash on government contracts. Some even cited a perceived decrease in “American values,” with an overall drop in work ethic and other issues, such as homeowners across the country walking away from mortgages.

  • Search begins to replace library district director

    The Jefferson County Public Library board initiated a search for a new executive director May 19, hiring a contractor for $16,000 to find a replacement for Marcellus Turner.

    The Seattle Public Library recently hired Turner to head its system. He will begin the new job in mid-August; his last day with Jefferson County is slated for July 15.

  • Pedestrian span installed over Wadsworth

    Jefferson County placed the long-awaited pedestrian bridge over South Wadsworth Boulevard near West Bowles Avenue on May 16, connecting two massive pieces that were constructed off site.

    The $3 million bridge, part of a larger $8.7 million road project that will make Wadsworth 10 lanes wide at the intersection, is expected to be completed by the end of June.

    The entire project adds another southbound lane to Wadsworth, making the road three lanes wide in each direction. The completed street will also include two left-turn lanes and two right-turn lanes.

  • Truck hits two pedestrians near apartment complex

    A large truck hit two pedestrians Friday afternoon near the Whisper Creek apartment complex, sending both to hospitals with serious injuries.
    Matthew Maccord, 20, and Robert Husak, 19, were sitting on a bench near a playground when a Ford F-250 driven by Sebastian Kowzan, 28, ran off the street at 3505 S. Nelson Circle, hitting both the pedestrians and the structure.

  • High school graduations schedule

     South Jeffco high school graduation schedule


    Chatfield High School

    Red Rocks Amphitheater (rain or shine)

    18300 W. Alameda Parkway


    May 20

    2 p.m.


    Dakota Ridge High School

    Comfort Dental Amphitheater

    6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.

    Greenwood Village

    May 26

    7 p.m.

    Free and paid parking between $10 and $15


    Collegiate Academy

    Water Stone Community Church

  • Jeffco to pay detained immigrant $40,000 settlement

    Jefferson County is preparing a $40,000 settlement with an immigrant detained for 49 days in the county jail in 2009.
    Luis Quezada, who was living in Lakewood when he was arrested on suspicion of failing to appear in court on an alleged traffic violation, is being representing in the federal lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.
    In addition to the claim against Sheriff Ted Mink, Quezada also reached a $50,000 settlement on May 3 with the other defendant in the case, the federal government.

  • Proposed zoning changes would allow short-term rentals

    The Jefferson County commissioners are mulling revisions to zoning ordinances that could allow short-term vacation rentals of single-family homes.

    County zoning staff presented a draft of changes at a May 10 meeting with the commissioners, who initially rejected the revisions, citing overly complex requirements the resolution would place on applicants.

  • County scraps program to control West Nile virus

    Jefferson County has ended its West Nile virus prevention program, citing budget cuts that will not allow the health department to control mosquito populations.

    Jeffco previously hired contractors to evaluate and treat potential mosquito breeding grounds across the county. Beginning this year, property owners will no longer benefit from the service, though the health department will provide guidance regarding mosquito control.

    Mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus, breed in standing water and can hatch up to 250 eggs within seven to 10 days.

  • Value of average Jeffco home down 1 percent

    The average Jeffco home lost 1 percent of its value during the two-year period that ended June 30, 2010, according to an analysis of 149,000 homes by the county assessor.

    Notices of valuation went out to homeowners May 1.

    Median values are down nearly everywhere across the county as follows: South Jeffco, minus 1.2 percent; Lakewood, minus 1.2 percent; and Golden, minus 1.4 percent.

    The exception to declining value and lower tax bills will be homeowners who made significant improvements or additions. They are likely to see increases in actual value.

  • Wadsworth to be closed at Bowles for pedestrian bridge placement

     A section of South Wadsworth Boulevard between Cross Street and West Bowles Avenue will be temporarily closed during evening and early morning hours on May 16 through 18, as construction crews place a pedestrian bridge over the busy street.

    The road will be closed on Monday through Wednesday from about 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The road is scheduled to be open as usual beginning at 5 a.m. on Thursday.

    Detours will be in place, with southbound traffic directed to West Cross Street and West Long Drive and northbound traffic directed to West Bowles Avenue.