Local News

  • Auto theft prompts lockout at Kendallvue Elementary


    Kendallvue Elementary School was placed on lockout status early Tuesday morning, after an auto theft suspect led police on a two-hour search in South Jeffco.

    The suspect, who has yet to be identified, allegedly stole a 2002 Cadillac from outside a home on the 12000 block of West Belleview, then almost immediately crashing the vehicle near Weaver Hollow Park.

  • County solar-energy project nears completion


    A $2.2 million solar project designed to reduce energy consumption at county buildings is nearing completion. Solar installations at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, the Laramie Building and other locations, funded entirely by a federal grant, are expected to be finished by November.

    “I’m excited that we’re finally moving forward on it,” said Commissioner Kathy Hartman, noting that the project, which has been in development for about two years, was formally approved in June.

  • Firefighting planes based at Jeffco airport


    The small squadron of aerial firefighting tankers used to combat Boulder’s massive Fourmile Canyon blaze had base operations last week at the Jeffco airport, frequently touching down to refuel and take on loads of rust-hued flame retardant.

    The fire, which was largely contained by Sunday, destroyed 169 homes and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.

  • Stairways to remembrance

      Some 1,500 people climbed a total of 5 million stairs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday in a somber ceremony remembering the nearly 3,000 people who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    Area firefighters and those who simply wanted to remember climbed the amphitheater’s stairs nine times to commemorate the 110 flights that New York City firefighters climbed to try to save the occupants of the World Trade Center.

  • A hero in the classroom

                         She sits quietly with her legs crossed at the ankle and hands folded in her lap. She smiles as she listens intently to each person speak. She is surrounded by her family, colleagues and her community. And on this special day, Marsha Roman’s 37 years of exemplary teaching are acknowledged and rewarded.

    Roman, who has taught special education at Columbine High School for the past 18 years, never thought about being recognized for her work, but on Sept.

  • Zinna’s talk-radio show silenced

      The prime-time radio show of former Jeffco gadfly Mike Zinna went off the air Sept. 3, when the station’s owners changed its format from talk to ’70s and ’80s rhythm and blues. An announcement came only minutes before the scheduled airtime of “The Zinna Show,” which had been moved in recent weeks to the coveted 4-to-7-p.m. drive-time slot. “That’s radio. … The decision came literally about 10 minutes before airtime,” Zinna said.

  • Lyons Ridge development wins final OK


    A controversial foothills housing development won final approval Sept. 7 for 230 upscale homes directly west of the Hogback.

    The Jeffco Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve two separate plats for the Lyons Ridge development, the former location of Colorado Christian University. Though the school currently owns the land, the application was made by Shea Homes, a company notable for its development of much of Highlands Ranch.

  • School district may seek tax increase next year


    Jeffco Public Schools could be turning to voters as early as next year for a tax increase to offset recent declines in state funding.

    A citizen panel tasked with evaluating community support presented the school board Sept. 2 with a tentative plan for a bond issue and mill-levy increase. The panel said about $500,000 in private funding would be needed for the campaign to win approval for the measures.



    Blue Heron students cheer walkers

    Students and staff at Blue Heron Elementary made signs and cheered on participants in the 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer on Aug. 27 when the walk passed through the Grant Ranch neighborhood.


    Littleton resident completes internship at Youth Villages

    Stephanie Elizabeth Parazak of Littleton spent her summer interning at Youth Villages, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families live successfully.

  • Jeffco enacts fire ban