Local News

  • Nightmares of war haunt Littleton man

    Bill Stofer watched as U.S. soldiers disappeared like lemmings into Italy’s Rapido River in the winter of 1944. Nazi troops lined the hillside and lit up the night sky with flares as the 36th Division, a group of Texans — many barely old enough to shave — attempted to cross. When the water was full of GIs, the Nazis efficiently dispensed rounds of precise artillery fire and countless mines, ultimately snuffing out nearly 2,000 young lives.

  • $1,000 prize offered for best photo made in open space parks

    The Jefferson County Open Space Foundation is inviting the public to submit photos for the first "Life in Our Parks" photography contest, which will run through March 15, 2011.

    The goal is to showcase the county's open space parks as well as the people that enjoy the parks and wildlife.

    Photos may be entered in one of three categories: wonderful wildlife, people in the parks, and spectacular scenery; and two age groups, 17 and under, and 18 and over.

  • Noted author donates half of speaker's fee to library

    Dennis Lehane, author of the novel “Mystic River” and other best-sellers made into movies, donated half his speaker's fee, or $6,500, to the Jefferson County Library Foundation.

    The donation was especially welcome because the library is facing a serious budget crunch due to reduced revenue from property taxes and mill levies.

  • Prosecutors not satisfied with evaluation of accused Deer Creek gunman

    Results of a state mental hospital’s evaluation of accused Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood have created a potential roadblock for the prosecution, apparently bolstering the suspect’s defense in his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

    Upon receipt of the evaluation, conducted by a doctor at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, prosecutors appealed for an additional assessment by a psychiatrist hired by the district attorney’s office.

  • Area bands march to success at state

    Dakota Ridge High School’s marching band ended its season with a surprising finish in the state 4A competition, advancing in its standing from eighth to seven place.

    Though the school held its scores consistently throughout the quarterfinal, semifinal and final competitions, being awarded 74 out of 100 possible points each time, a slip by Fountain-Fort Carson High School allowed Dakota Ridge to advance. The school was the only band in the 4A and 5A divisions to claim such progress this year.

  • Peace Labyrinth’s 9-year journey winds its way to conclusion

    A small group of supporters embarked on a final walk through the Columbine Peace Labyrinth on Oct. 31, bidding farewell to the winding circular maze that has developed loyal visitors and small trenches in its quarter-mile dirt path.

  • County’s rift with library continues

    An uncomfortable rift between the Jeffco library trustees and the county commissioners did not show any sign of closing Oct. 27, when the library formally presented a budget that reinforced the trustees’ decision to close all branches on Mondays in 2011.

  • A big find

    A baby Apatosaurus was trotting through a trickling streambed 150 million years ago in what is now Morrison, leaving tiny footprints that were eventually preserved in the sandstone surface. A boulder containing the tracks was broken off during construction of the Alameda Parkway in the 1930s, sitting for seven decades alongside the road as daily commuters unwittingly drove by.

  • Coffman retains seat in Congress

    Incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman scored a wide victory over Democratic challenger and fellow former Marine John Flerlage in District 6, garnering 66 percent of the vote. Flerlage, an airline pilot, collected 31 percent, and Libertarian Rob McNealy captured about 3 percent.

    In Jefferson County races, incumbents mostly held onto their seats, with the exceptions of District 3 Commissioner Kathy Hartman and Coroner Katherine Loughrey-Stemp, who lost to Republican challenger John Graham.

  • Voters reject Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101

    Voters soundly rejected Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 on Tuesday.
    Amendment 60 was opposed by 77 percent of voters. The amendment would have reduced property taxes on a $300,000 house by $376, according to a September state Legislative Council memo to the General Assembly. The bulk of that would have come from slashing school-related property taxes, but the measure would also have substantially impacted special districts, which predominate in mountain communities.