Local News

  • County Manager Ralph Schell announces retirement

    County Manager Ralph Schell announced Thursday he will retire in March 2017, according to a Jeffco news release.

    Schell has served Jefferson County for more than 18 years, including as director of Open Space and Parks before becoming county manager in December 2009. 

  • Jeffco Public Health announces syringe exchange program

    Jeffco Public Health has opened the newest state-approved syringe exchange program in Colorado, joining locations in Boulder County, Denver, Fort Collins, Pueblo and Grand Junction, according to a county news release.

  • County, Foothills officials talking playground build

    Earlier last month, about 300 volunteers participated in a playground build at West Laurel Park in South Jeffco, and county officials are already lining up their next park project.

  • HOA seeks approval for already-established disc golf course

    The Mesa View Estates Homeowners Association in Golden has filed a site-approval application with Jeffco Planning and Zoning for a disc golf course that was installed more than a year ago.

    The 9-hole, par-3 course is located at Estates Park, 16164 W. Ellsworth Drive. Estates Park is owned by the Foothills Park & Recreation District but is maintained by the Mesa View Estates HOA.

  • Passionate prairie dog debate dominates Foothills board meeting

    The Aug. 23 board meeting of the Foothills Park & Recreation District was dominated by a passionate debate about how to ethically and efficiently manage the district’s growing prairie dog population.

    The nearly two-hour conversation was requested by Gina Writz and Tina Gurdikian, who are members of the Prairie Dog Task Force Team. The local volunteer group began working with Foothills on a prairie dog conservation plan when construction of a BMX bike course was proposed at the Schaefer Athletic Complex.

  • Jefferson County woman dies in attack by family dogs; son injured

    A Conifer woman was killed and her son injured Monday night in an attack by their two dogs at their home in the 31000 block of Black Widow Drive.

    According to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, Susan Shawl, 60, died at the scene, and her son Richard Shawl, 36, was transported to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

  • Jeffco begins live-streaming county commission meetings

    Jeffco has announced it will begin live-streaming county commissioners’ meetings on the Jefferson County website. 

    During the hearings, which typically take place Tuesday mornings, commissioners address public policies and issues that affect the Jeffco community. In addition to attending in person, residents can watch the hearings live online to stay informed and engaged about what is happening in the county.

  • Lifeguard shortage forces closure of Lilley Gulch indoor pool

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District has been forced to close one of its indoor pools due to a shortage of aquatics staff.

    Foothills officials had already planned to close on Monday the pool at the Lilley Gulch Recreation Center, 6147 S. Holland Way, for its annual cleaning. But district officials decided not to reopen the pool due to a shortage of lifeguards. District officials announced the staff shortage also would affect open swim hours at the pools at The Ridge Recreation Center, 6613 S. Ward St.

  • Attempted kidnapping reported near Kipling and Belleview

    A man reportedly attempted to abduct a young girl Monday evening outside her home near South Kipling Street and West Belleview Avenue.

    According to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office, a 9-year-old girl was in her driveway about 8 p.m. in the 10000 block of West Grand Avenue when a man touched her on the shoulder and said, "Come with me." She immediately ran inside her house to report the incident to her parents, sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said. The girl was uninjured.

  • Jeffco deputies searching for shingle slingers

    Jeffco deputies are seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who are suspected of damaging roofs and vehicles in South Jeffco.

    About 8:30 p.m. Saturday, residents of the 11000 block of West Chenango Drive witnessed two men on a parking lot garage roof. The men appeared to be ripping shingles from the roof and throwing them at parked cars — causing damage to at least two vehicles, according to a Jeffco sheriff's news release.