Local News

  • Rebels, Lions shine in pass-oriented 7-on-7

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — Columbine and Littleton did their part to debunk the myth that running teams can’t succeed in a passing environment at last week’s Denver Broncos’ 7-on-7 high school football tournament.

  • Rats, mice, geckos seized at South Jeffco home

    Scores of rats, mice and geckos — as well as pot plants — were seized at a home in South Jeffco on June 17 after the sheriff's Animal Control unit responded to an anonymous tip about rodents being kept in poor conditions.

    A news release from the Sheriff's Office said Animal Control officers went to a home in 3700 block of South Moore Street about 10 a.m. and spoke to the owner, who let them into the garage.

  • High water forces closures at Chatfield State Park; Waterton Canyon remains off limits

    High water levels from snowmelt and the wet spring continue to cause problems at Chatfield State Park.

    Colorado State Parks is reporting on its website that the west side of the park is closed, including the main entrance off South Wadsworth Boulevard. The park can be entered off North Roxborough Road at the Plum Creek entrance.

  • Foster care makes critical difference for local teens

    For the hundreds of area teens whose family situations make it impossible for them to live at home, a foster home can make all the difference in succeeding in school, social situations — and life.

    Of the 1,000 youths in need of foster placement in Jefferson, Arapahoe and Douglas counties, 400 of them are age 13 and above. And the difficulty in finding foster homes for these teens is one of the big reasons their futures are in peril.

  • Judge rules names of teachers absent during sick-outs can be released

    A Jeffco district judge ruled Friday that the school district should not be prevented from releasing the names of teachers who were absent during “sick-outs” last fall, rejecting the teachers union's claim that sick days should be protected as personnel data. 

    District Judge Christie Phillips wrote that the days public school teachers call in sick cannot be considered personnel or private medical information, and that teachers should not expect a right to privacy concerning sick days.

  • Jeffco Public Library to seek tax increase

    The Jeffco Public Library is planning to ask county residents for a property-tax increase in the fall.

    The library board voted at its May meeting to put a tax increase on the November ballot but did not decide on the exact amount, said library spokeswoman Rebecca Winning. Winning said that, as of now, the board is considering a 1-mill increase. 

  • Commissioners still not high on sales of recreational pot

    Jeffco’s county commissioners are showing little enthusiasm for allowing sales of recreational marijuana, but they’ve asked for information on having the county host related businesses.

    At a meeting May 29, the commissioners asked for information on regulating marijuana testing facilities, grow operations and the manufacture of marijuana products.

  • Future of prairie dogs at site of BMX track looks dim

    A plan to move a colony of prairie dogs from the site of a future BMX park at the Schaefer Athletic Complex appeared likely to fail due to a lack of space and the potential costs.

    The 45 prairie dogs must be moved or exterminated to make room for the BMX bicycle track being built by Mile High BMX. A plan proposed by the Foothills Prairie Dog Task Force, a group of volunteers unassociated with the Foothills Park and Recreation District, would relocate the rodents south of the track on about 1.8 acres.

  • Wildfire mitigation a hot topic at Jeffco telephone town hall

    Jeffco residents in fire-prone areas voiced concern during a telephone town hall meeting last week about neighbors who don’t do mitigation work on their properties.

    Several participants in the May 27 event asked how to handle neighbors who fail to remove slash or create defensible space around their homes. One caller, who said he lived on Conifer Mountain, said neighbors below his property are creating a hazard for him and his family.

  • Telephone town hall to focus on flooding, wildfire concerns

    A telephone town hall meeting with Jeffco’s county commissioners on May 27 will focus on the upcoming wildfire season and the county’s emergency preparedness.

    Some 50,000 telephone numbers in the county will be called to participate in the hour-long meeting, although anyone can call in. The commissioners typically take questions from callers after making opening remarks.