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Local News

  • Jeffco set for debut of ‘Up Canyon Segment’ of Peaks to Plains Trail

    This week, Jeffco Open Space will celebrate its first milestone in the broader statewide effort to promote outdoor recreation when it opens a newly constructed section of the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon.

  • Groundwater not tested after toxin found at Lockheed

    Neither the Colorado health department nor Lockheed Martin tested groundwater at the company’s Waterton Canyon facility in South Jeffco after a toxic waste deposit was discovered there last October.

    Publicly disclosed about a month ago, the solid waste deposit was a sodium nitrate waste salt containing hexavalent chromium — a toxin known to cause cancer — and it measured approximately 1 to 2 feet thick, 20 feet wide and 50 feet long, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

  • Two in custody after early-morning home invasion in South Jeffco

    Two men have been arrested in the wake of a home invasion in South Jeffco early July 26.

    Colton Roley, 24, of the 6800 block of South Elati St., was arrested July 26 on suspicion of felony first-degree burglary, as well as assault and illegal discharge of a firearm in an occupied residence, both misdemeanors. Tyler Derouin, 27, of the 6900 block of South Newland Court, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, a felony.

    According to the district attorney’s office, the two were scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to be advised of charges.

  • Rec district partners with Mormon Church, local HOA on playground

    Early next month, about 200 volunteers are expected to come together to construct a new playground at West Laurel Park in South Jeffco.

  • Rides just a phone call away with RTD service

    By Babzanne Barker

    For the Courier

    RTD’s green and white Call-n-Ride buses have been operating in South Jeffco for the past four years, but many area residents still may not know the service is available or how to hitch a ride.

    Tim Edgar, who lives in the Leawood subdivision, has been riding the vans daily since their inception in January 2012, and would have a much harder time getting to work without them.

  • Street tacos coming to Southwest Plaza mall

    Street tacos have been all the rage in recent years, with both food trucks and brick-and-mortar eateries getting crafty with the seemingly simple Mexican staple. R Taco threw its hat in the ring six years ago in Dallas, and its third Colorado location is scheduled to open this week at Southwest Plaza.

  • ‘Still here after 100 years’

    England was in the throes of World War II when London resident Mary Barry went into labor with her first child.

    She remembers many of the roads were closed because of the bombing. Shells exploded all around the ambulance as it meandered its way to the hospital.

    On an earlier occasion, Barry recalled how she and her husband, Jim, were caught off guard by a sudden barrage that was so intense they were unable to escape to shelter. Hunkered down in the street, Mary asked Jim if he thought they would survive until morning.

  • Two suspects sought in three home burglaries in South Jeffco

    Jefferson County deputies continue to search for two suspects wanted in connection to a string of residential burglaries last week in South Jeffco.

    The crimes, encompassing at least three burglaries and the theft of a vehicle, took place between 3 and 4 p.m. last Tuesday, July 12 near West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. The suspects, who had not yet been identified as of Monday morning, are a man and woman, both between the ages of 20 and 30, and are described as being white or Hispanic.

  • Brush fire north of I-70 burns 4 acres

    A wind-whipped brush fire north of I-70 near the Morrison exit closed the westbound lanes of the highway for four hours Sunday before ground crews and a helicopter were able to contain the blaze.

    No structures were threatened, and no injuries were reported. The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office said the fire started about 3:30 p.m. when trash blew out of a truck and hit power lines, then fell to the ground and ignited brush.

  • Stage 1 fire ban enacted in Jeffco

     Jefferson County has enacted a stage 1 fire ban. 

    According to a news release, the following are prohibited until further notice:

    • Building or maintaining any open fire, except within a permanently constructed fire grate in a park, campground or picnic area.

    • Selling, possessing or using any type of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device, including sparklers.