Local News

  • Kopp re-elected to state Senate seat

    Incumbent state Sen. Mike Kopp of South Jeffco resoundingly defeated challenger Mike Daniels in South Jeffco's District 22.
    Early results showed Kopp, a Republican, winning with 62 percent of the vote.
    Kopp the Senate minority leader, won a second term representing southern Jefferson County residents. Kopp was first elected to the state Senate in 2006.
    Daniels, a Democrat from Conifer, had 37 percent of the votes.

  • Rosier ousts Hartman from county commission

    District 3 County Commissioner Kathy Hartman, who was the first Democrat to serve on the commission in a decade and a half, was defeated in last week’s election.

    Republican challenger Don Rosier ultimately topped Hartman by more than 4 percentage points, as Jeffco votes were fully counted by Monday morning.

  • Hickenlooper wins race for governor

    In the highly controversial race for governor, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper defeated former congressman Tom Tancredo 51 percent to 37 percent, with Dan Maes pulling 11 percent.
    When underdog Maes pulled off an unexpected victory over Scott McInnis in the Republican primary in August, it seemed like he was headed to the top on a wave of pro-business, anti-Obama, down-on-health-care enthusiasm.
    But negative newspaper stories about campaign-finance violations, amateurish handling of funds, resume questions and lack of financial wherewithal undermined his credibility.

  • Controlled burn sends up smoke at C470 and U.S. 285

    A controlled burn of about 200 acres of grassland began Thursday at Bear Creek Lake Park, resulting in brownish gray smoke plumes near C-470 and U.S. 285.

    West Metro Fire initiated the burn as a prevention measure, though other benefits result from the small controlled fires, a district spokeswoman said.

    “That area hasn’t had a prescribed burn for seven years,” said spokeswoman Micki Trost, explaining that another targeted section of the park hadn’t seen a controlled fire for 12 years. “It reduces the fuel load in the area.”

  • South Jeffco man gets 36 years in wife's slaying

    A South Jeffco man was sentenced Tuesday to 36 years in prison for the murder of his wife last November.

    James Sack, 38, stabbed his wife, Yesenia Avila, with a 10-inch fillet knife on Nov. 1, 2009, in their apartment at 9083 W. Cross Drive, near Southwest Plaza mall. Avila, 26, was taken to Swedish Medical Center after Sack called 911, apparently telling the dispatcher he had killed his wife. Avila was pronounced dead at the hospital. Sack had also stabbed himself three times, puncturing his lung in the process.

  • Wind gusts blow over semi on C-470

    Lakewood police reported that a wind gust blew over a semi on C-470 at the Morrison exit about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    The highway was closed for about an hour while the truck was hoisted into the upright position. The driver had no life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital.




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  • Fund-raising so far in the 2010 election campaign

     By the numbers

    Fund-raising so far in the 2010 election campaign

    (includes monetary and non-monetary contributions)


    Jefferson County commissioner, District 3

                Kathy Hartman, Democrat: $77,827.75

                Don Rosier, Republican: $33,185.53


    Jefferson County treasurer

  • Wallace sites technology skills in clerk and recorder race

    Kathryn Wallace, the challenger in the race for Jefferson County clerk and recorder, touts her years of experience as a private-sector intelligence technology guru as the ideal job qualification.

    Wallace, 39, began working for Colorado state government while still in high school. After about a decade of public employment, she left, embarking on a series of technology contractor positions.

    What surprised her most about the transition, she said, was the stark contrast in efficiency and ingenuity.

  • Clerk incumbent Anderson touts Jeffco election process

    Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson says she’s proud of handling the 2008 election, the largest in Jeffco’s history. And though her office handles a variety of county business — everything from liquor licensing to motor vehicle registration — the election process represents a constantly evolving challenge, one she works to address at both the county and state levels.