Local News

  • County weighs bids for project at Wadsworth and Bowles

      Jefferson County is considering construction bids for an $8.3 million project at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Bowles Avenue, moving one step closer to breaking ground on an overhaul that will include a pedestrian bridge over the busy intersection.

    Four contractors submitted individual bids ranging from $5.3 million to $6.7 million. Though the county is likely to accept the low bid, the proposal must pass a review and be approved by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

  • Schools’ 2010 budget cuts 70 teachers


    Seventy teaching positions will be eliminated following adoption of the Jeffco school district’s 2010-11 budget, which pares $14 million from the previous year’s allotment. A total of 136 district jobs are being cut.

    Other reductions include decreased transportation routes, larger class sizes and fewer elective course offerings. The district is tapping $36 million in reserve funds to help bridge part of the budget gap. The spending reductions follow dramatic decreases in state funding.

  • American White Pelicans nest at Johnson Reservoir

    Gliding frequently in majestic patterns of perfect synchronicity above South Jeffco, a migratory flock of American white pelicans has returned to its short seasonal residence at Johnson Reservoir. Though the species has been known to nest in the state since 1962, the small group of birds near Clement Park has made appearances only in recent years.

    Foothills Park & Recreation District workers began noticing the pelicans about six or seven years ago, an employee said.

  • Liquor sales resume at Fun City

    Liquor sales resumed May 21 at Fun City, the new business entity that has taken over the former Mr. Biggs location in South Jeffco.

    The county liquor board recently granted a temporary permit for the business following a district court’s issuance of a restraining order against a board decision to revoke the license.

  • Boy bitten by rattler recovering

      A 7-year-old Milliken boy who was bitten June 4 by a rattlesnake at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is in good condition and was expected to be discharged from Littleton Adventist Hospital on Monday. Michael Harris, who was touring the park with his family during the gardens’ free admission day, was bitten on the ankle.

  • 'Seniors, the rest of your lives begin tonight'

    Working 20 hours of overtime per week as a manager for a janitorial company, high school senior Ashley McAnallen had a hard time keeping her head above water in class. Her work schedule did not mesh easily with the traditional morning-to-afternoon high school program, and though she attended Brady Exploration School in Lakewood, an option institution, it was not a good fit for her.

    McAnallen was among hundreds of high school seniors who made their ways across commencement stages last week.

  • Protecting kids online

      The drawer of a steel filing cabinet in detective Mike Harris’ office is labeled with a bumper sticker reading, “Believe the children.” Prominently displayed on an adjacent wall are small mug shots of more than 400 adults, all of whom were arrested in Internet stings targeting sexual predators.

    The arrests came thanks to the county’s Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations unit, which was created in 1996 when Harris was hired by the district attorney.


  • County poised to buy S. Jeffco building for services hub

    Jefferson County is poised to spend $6.5 million on a new building in South Jeffco that would house the sheriff’s substation and motor vehicle department. The Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on the proposal at an upcoming hearing.

    At nearly 33,000 square feet, the new facility would be almost twice as large as the two existing spaces, which the county leases from private owners.

  • Proposed fee at Chatfield dog park opposed

    More than 20 years of operation and thousands of paws have slowly beaten away at the vegetation and soil at the Chatfield dog park, and officials are taking one last round of public input before putting a new plan for the area before the board of directors for state parks.

    But a proposal to reduce the size of the off-leash area and to charge dog owners for its use is running into opposition.

  • Cops put the finger on resident for expressing himself

    A South Jeffco resident delivered an unfriendly gesture to his neighbor May 19, only to be greeted in return with a ticket from the Sheriff’s Office.

    Joseph Vanderzwart, 24, was riding his motorcycle near another resident’s condo balcony and displayed his disdain for her by prominently presenting his middle finger. It was the latest in a series of confrontations the two have had, he said, following an incident in which the neighbor voiced her disapproval of his dog walking around off-leash.