Local News

  • Jeffco sees record turnout in all-mail primary

    Jefferson County voters responded in record numbers to the first all-mail-in primary election, with the 2010 voter turnout vastly surpassing that of previous years.

    An all-time high of 97,447 ballots — 47.41 percent of the 205,539 eligible voters — had been counted by early Wednesday morning, when all precincts had finished tallying votes.

    By contrast, the closely watched primary elections of 2004 and 2008 turned out only 32.14 percent and 36.74 percent of qualified voters, respectively.

  • Operator error cited in Tiny Town derailment


    The Tiny Town train is expected to be running again this week after a derailment Aug. 11 left 20 adults and children injured. Operator error is being blamed for the accident.

    Before the ride is reopened, all of the park’s trains will be checked for mechanical defects, even though mechanical issues are not suspected.

  • Tiny Town fined $30,500 in train derailment: Fine must be paid before train can run again

    Tiny Town has been fined $30,500 for issues surrounding the Aug. 11 train derailment that injured 20 people.

    The fine was assessed to the park Aug. 20 because the person operating the train when it derailed had not been adequately trained, according to Susan DeMeules, program manager for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Division of Oil and Public Safety.

  • Mail-in primary ballots on way to Jefferson County voters


    Primary ballots were sent to 215,000 Jefferson County residents last week, marking the county's first primary election to be conducted solely by mail-in voting.

    Though a handful of statewide races will be affected by the primary election, there are no contested primary races in South Jeffco.

    “The last of them were delivered to the post office yesterday,” Deputy of Elections Josh Liss said July 22. “Ballots must be received in our office by 7 p.m. on election night, Aug. 10.”

  • ‘I love the first day of school’

      Ken Caryl Middle School principal Pat Sandos was out in front of the school Monday morning, following his routine of directing traffic.

    It was a sight that months ago seemed uncertain. The school, one of many Jeffco Public Schools selected for closure by a citizen panel, was spared by the Board of Education.

    So Aug. 23, the first day of school, might have seemed a bit sweeter than usual for a staff once unsure about the status of their jobs.

  • Body found in pond at local park

    A body was discovered Tuesday afternoon in the pond at Wingate South Park near South Carr Street and West Ute Avenue.

    The coroner has identified the body, though a name of the female victim has not been released. The body may be that of a 24-year-old local woman who had not been seen for several days.

    Foul play is not suspected, said sheriff's office spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Train overturns at Tiny Town; up to 20 injured

    The kids train at Tiny Town derailed and overturned about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, and up to 20 passengers were reported to have been injured.

    Fifteen adults and children were taken to Denver area hospitals, according to the Inter-Canyon Fire Department.

    Emergency personnel were on the scene, and at least one injured child reportedly suffered broken bones. The train was full at the time of the accident.

  • Hundreds line up for SmartCo grand opening

      Hundreds of eager customers lined up Aug. 4 outside the new SmartCo Foods grocery emporium, which held its grand opening before the sun had breached the horizon.

    The new store, the latest in the chain’s foray into the state, handed out gift cards to the first 250 customers, who began flooding into the market shortly after 6 a.m.

    “At a lot of our stores, it starts at about 4 or 5 the night before,” manager David Crookston said of the throng waiting for the store to open.

  • Salmonella cases confirmed in 8 diners at The Fort

    Salmonella recently sickened eight people and likely affected 20 others who ate at The Fort restaurant in Morrison, and the Jeffco health department is looking into the situation.

    “We are corresponding on patients who ate at the restaurant between July 10 through 16,” said Jeffco Public Health spokeswoman Nancy Braden. “We are involved in an ongoing investigation.”

  • County assessor running unopposed in November

      Jefferson County Assessor Jim Everson anticipated a tsunami of protests in 2009, suspecting that higher-than-expected property-tax valuations would befuddle homeowners. But the wave never came.

    His office prepared well ahead of time for the protests, he said. It sent notices to property owners, hoping that would brace them for potentially disappointing valuations, which were based on home-sales figures from June 2008, when houses fetched more of a premium.