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Local News

  • Jefferson County will host two National Trails Day events

    For anyone looking to spend a June Saturday enjoying the fresh air and Jefferson County Open Space’s trails and parks, volunteers are being sought for two National Trails Day restoration projects.

    One will be at Matthews/Winters Park, and the other at Evergreen’s Dedisse Park. National Trails Day, June 4, celebrates trails across the nation, and was started by the American Hiking Society.

  • Plan for BMX track at Schaefer under review by Foothills

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board is once again reviewing a plan to have a BMX bicycle track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex. 

    Residents near the complex at West Hampden Avenue and South Kipling Street have opposed the proposal, citing concerns about parking, light and noise pollution, and the need to relocate prairie dogs.

  • Local legislators look back on 2016 session

    The good, the bad, and the ugly is not just a Western film; it’s also how some local lawmakers felt about this year’s legislative session.

    State Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evergreen, and state Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, hosted a wrap-up and review of the 2016 General Assembly session at the Evergreen Library on May 26.

  • Get ready to make a splash: Outdoor pools are opening for the season

    There’s nothing like a day spent at the pool to officially kick off summer.

    Deer Creek and Weaver Hollow pools opened Memorial Day weekend, and Columbine West and Sixth Avenue West pools are opening June 4. Admission is reduced to $3 a person on opening day to encourage the community to come out and celebrate.

  • JCEA awards Excellence Fund scholarship

    After almost a decade, the Jeffco Education Association has reinstated its Christa McAuliffe Excellence Fund scholarship.

    Established in 1984 as the JCEA Excellence Scholarships, the program awards $4,000 across four years to graduating Jeffco seniors who plan to pursue careers in education. The scholarship was renamed in McAuliffe’s honor after the New Hampshire teacher was killed in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986.

  • Wildfire response exercise planned in Ken-Caryl area

    A full-scale wildfire preparation exercise is planned for the Ken-Caryl area on Saturday. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Grant Program, the exercise will involve neighborhood evacuations, a mock shelter at Chatfield High School and more.

  • Jury convicts Littleton man in slaying of common-law wife

    A Littleton man accused of killing his common-law wife was convicted Monday of first-degree murder. 

    Michael Sommerfield, 35, was found guilty by a jury in the slaying of Michele Lucero, 34, in 2014. On March 21, 2014, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office was called to Lucero’s home in the 9300 block of West Ontario Drive, where she was found dead. An autopsy later concluded the woman had died from ligature strangulation. 

  • DA’s office reviewing complaint about forged signatures on Keyser’s petitions

    The economic crime unit of the Denver DA’s office is reviewing a complaint from ProgressNow Colorado, a political group that has alleged signatures were forged on the petitions of Jon Keyser in his bid to make the GOP primary ballot for U.S. Senate.

    After receiving a letter from Alan Franklin, political director of ProgressNow, the district attorney's office agreed to review the complaint, said Lynn Kimbrough, Denver DA’s spokesperson.

    “We are in the process of looking at documents,” Kimbrough said.

  • Lower portion of Waterton Canyon now open daily for recreation

    The lower portion of Waterton Canyon reopened for daily recreational use on Sunday.
    The area had been closed Monday through Saturday since early February for construction of the High Line Canal diversion structure in the South Platte River.

    Access to the river from the canyon entrance to mile marker 3.2 is closed indefinitely because of high flows in the South Platte from April storms. The high flows also prevented crews from completing the construction project by early May as scheduled.

  • First section of Peaks to Plains Trail to open in July

    Folks who came to the Trails Talk meeting of Jeffco Open Space on May 10 learned that a section of the Peaks to Plains Trail linking Jefferson and Clear Creek counties is scheduled to open in mid-July.

    The 3-mile segment in Clear Creek Canyon extends from the west portal of Tunnel 5 to the parking lot at Mayhem Gulch, Scott Grossman, Jeffco Open Space project manager, told a group at The Peak Community and Wellness Center.