Local News

  • Frigid temps to keep schools closed Wednesday

    Jeffco Public Schools will keep all schools closed again Wednesday amid below-zero temperatures in the area.
    The district closed schools and all after-school activities on Tuesday because of the weather-related concerns. Jeffco officials said the below-zero temperatures pose a health and safety hazard for children who wait at bus stops.

  • Outdated information clouds Transparent Jeffco website

    Jefferson County’s Transparent Jeffco website, a list of county expenditures aimed at informing the public about government spending, was up to six months out of date until the Courier informed the county of the lack of current information.

    Early last week, the most current procurement card expenditures, which include items ranging from Colorado Bureau of Investigation background checks to movie rentals for the jail’s inmates, were listed as July 6, 2010, from when the information was updated in late October.

  • Deputies discover bevy of stolen items in Aspen Park

    Confusion over the location of an address led Jefferson County deputies to discover stolen cars, license plates, all-terrain vehicles and other items at a home in Aspen Park.

    The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the thefts, and no one has been arrested. It is working to find the owners of the stolen property and determine whether the stolen items are from along the U.S. 285 Corridor or from outside the area.

  • Theft victim learns his spoons, and forks, took trip up the hill

    Kevin Schneider doesn’t understand why thieves took the spoons. 

    Schneider, owner of Schneids’ Smokeshack restaurant in Littleton, said everything at his restaurant is tasty, but he was left with a sour taste in his mouth when thieves stole his catering business’ trailer and emptied it of everything from tents to tableware.

  • Jeffco land deal riles Golden residents

    A Golden-based grassroots group opposed to the proposed Jefferson Parkway drew about 400 people to a meeting Jan. 18 in the auditorium of the American Mountaineering Center in Golden.

    The toll-road plan is being scrutinized in the wake of Jefferson County's offer to help buy $5 million of open space (Section 16) along Colorado 93 in exchange for Boulder dropping its opposition to the highway.

  • Jefferson County opposes independent library district

    Efforts to create an independent library district in Jefferson County are being fought by the Board of Commissioners, who intend to keep the existing library system’s assets and mill levy, should an independent district emerge.

    The commissioners, who recently received a 1,354-signature petition favoring the new district, on Tuesday rejected the county’s participation in the venture.

  • School board puts off decisions on facilities

    The Jeffco school board opted Jan. 20 to postpone decisions on a series of facilities changes, which include closing a number of the district’s schools and moving many sixth-grade programs to the middle-school level.

    In South Jeffco, Shaffer Elementary School’s challenge program would be relocated to Ute Meadows Elementary School, and a number of preschool programs would be moved from mobile classrooms to the main buildings. Such changes could have occurred as early as the 2011-12 academic year.

  • Foreclosures down 5 percent in Jeffco in 2010

    Foreclosure rates declined by less than 5 percent in Jefferson County last year, though a backlog in the wake of a brief national moratorium may be partially responsible.

    The county recorded 3,849 new foreclosures in 2010, down from 4,027 the year before.

    And while the number of foreclosures has remained relatively steady, the causes are changing, said county public trustee Margaret Chapman, citing a trend away from variable interest-rate loans. Today, more mortgage holders are simply losing their homes as a result of the economy, she said.

  • County’s investments expected to earn less this year

    Jefferson County’s 2011 investment portfolio earnings will be only about half of 2010 levels, officials said Jan. 18, citing drooping interest rates in the bond market.

    Net earnings last year reached more than $5 million for the county, though interest rates on current investments have decreased. Anticipated investment earnings for 2011 total $2.5 million.

  • Engineering interest in science, math

    Using handfuls of clay as a boat-building medium, Ken Caryl Middle School’s female students received a brief tutorial in physics and a larger lesson from a pair of Massachusetts Institute of Technology scholars: Math and science are not exclusively the province of boys.

    The impromptu ship building, a demonstration of Archimedes’ Principle of Buoyancy, was indeed a challenge for a room of about 50 girls, who worked in small groups to build vessels intended to float despite the density of the material.