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Local News

  • Meadowbrook Heights lot rezoned for 82 homes

    An undeveloped 18-acre lot near West Chatfield Avenue and South Carr Street has been rezoned to planned development to allow 82 single-family detached residences.
    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the rezoning Tuesday after both county staff and the Planning Commission recommended approving the application.

  • Seventeen is more than just a number

    By Cairo Suniga
    Dakota Ridge High School

  • Crise found guilty, sentenced to life

    Kenneth Crise, the second suspect arrested in correction with the death of Samuel Addison Stewart, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday after a 12-member jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.

  • Jeffco students say ‘never again’ when it comes to school gun violence

    They came in shirts bearing the phrase “Never Again” in block letters. They came in suit jackets with legislative name tags. They came in the shoes of their departed children. Teenagers, parents, teachers, politicians, survivors.

    Last Wednesday evening, hundreds of Jeffco residents gathered at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada to share in one message: No child should ever have to experience gun violence in school ever again.

  • Jeffco Library abolishes fines on children’s materials

    Young readers in Jefferson County no longer have to worry about returning a book to the library a day or two late now that Jefferson County Public Library eliminated late fees on all children’s materials.

    The decision, which was made by the board of trustees in 2017 but took effect in 2018, is part of the library’s long-term goal of improving early literacy, and library staff members see it as a way to support young readers and improve access to the third largest public library system in Colorado.

  • Inter-Canyon cancels elections

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District has canceled its May 8 election due to a lack of candidates.

    No one submitted self-nomination forms or affidavits of intent to be a write-in candidate other than the three board members whose positions were up for re-election.

  • Foothills OKs next phase of Clement Park improvements

    The third phase of the Clement Park improvement project has been set into motion, continuing three to five years’ worth of projects at the South Jeffco park.

    Construction on the third phase of Clement Park upgrades is expected to begin in late August, and will be completed in stages for minimal impact on the park.

  • Crise trial heads to jury deliberation

    When Kenneth Crise began detailing his recollection of events on May 1, 2017, his former cellmate at the Jefferson County Jail began writing.

    “I’m one to try and make sense of everything,” the cellmate, who isn’t being named for privacy, said Monday while on the stand at Crise’s murder trial. “ … Part of me was like there’s more to the story.”

  • Colorado Assisted Living resident reflects on her 109 years of life

    Mabel Elisabeth Nesmith’s blueprint to living a long life is really quite simple: Dance.

    “Just stay active,” she said, smiling, “and dance a lot.”

    If there is anyone’s word to take, it’s Nesmith’s. The resident at Colorado Assisted Living in South Jeffco recently turned 109. Nesmith might not dance much anymore, but in her younger years, she loved it. And as a Texan, she preferred the country western variety.

  • JCSO asks for $1 million more in overtime to meet call demand

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is asking the county to authorize an adjusted 2018 budget to pay for more overtime and/or more full-time employees.

    Sheriff Jeff Shrader has recommended the county hire an additional 42 deputies — 20 on patrol, 22 in the jail — to meet increasing demand. Alternatively, he suggested Jeffco approve an overtime budget of approximately $3.2 million, which is about $1 million more than what was in the county’s 2018 proposed budget.