Today's News

  • Rec districts struggle with federal pool safety act

    Recreation districts are having a hard time keeping up with a new federal law designed to prevent kids from being trapped by suction in swimming pools, but the law is not likely to force any pool closings in the immediate future.

    The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act required that all pools and spas be in compliance as of Dec. 20.

    The law, signed by President Bush on Dec. 19, 2007, was passed in the aftermath of the 2002 drowning death of the 7-year-old granddaughter of former Secretary of State James A. Baker.

  • Stories of the year

    Anyone living in South Jeffco knows how generous this community can be. And during 2008, a few more people and a bobcat found out.

    Tessa Paprocki recently learned she has stage 4 breast cancer. Paprocki, 28, found out about her illness in October, days after giving birth to her son Landon. Her friends and family hosted a fund-raiser a few weeks later at an area bar, netting more than $23,000. On Dec. 19, her friends and family hosted another fund-raiser at Dakota Ridge High School.

  • Illuminating Christmas

    As the weather turns frosty and the holidays approach, one South Jeffco family faces 100 hours of labor, a $200 increase in their electric bill, and a lot of rubber-necking motorists driving by their home.

    But for the Flanders family, it’s all more than worthwhile.

    How much do Matthew, Linda and Rachel Flanders love Christmas?

    • 25 tannenbaums worth.

    • Enough to have their Woodburn home festooned inside and out with enough holiday finery to fill two rooms and a shed when they dismantle the displays.

  • Jeffco coroner in group with other Denver area medical examiners

    Jeffco’s coroner has joined other Denver area medical examiners in a group dedicated to developing training practices and other procedures.

    Even though a statewide coroners group existed, the metro area medical examiners began gathering about a year ago to discuss issues relevant to their more urban jurisdictions.

    Katherine Loughry-Stemp, who was elected Jeffco coroner in 2007, recently asked the county commissioners to endorse her membership in the group.

  • Team Tessa: Friends, family hold fund-raisers for Dakota Ridge grad

    A basketball game unfolded Dec. 19 at the Dakota Ridge High School gym, but thoughts of winning or losing were eclipsed by concern for a graduate facing a devastating disease.

    Some players wore black. Some wore white. But they all were part of the same team: Team Tessa.

  • Evergreen Newspapers’ all-area football team

    As we get ready to say hello to 2009, I decided to drop one last surprise on you, the reader, in 2008.

    Typically, the last paper of the year features a look back at the top stories of the past 12 months. Personally, I find that angle to be stale, so I thought it would be fresh and fun to try something new.

  • Melton rose to the occasion

    One of the better football players in the state would rather be playing baseball.

    Andrew Melton isn’t afraid to admit that. And a lot of opposing coaches in Class 4A probably wished he never ran the ball this year for the Dakota Ridge Eagles.

  • South Jeffco man arrested in attempted kidnapping

    A South Jeffco man was arrested Dec. 16, accused of attempting to drag his estranged girlfriend into a home in the 9700 block of West Unser Avenue.

    Chris Mackey, 41, was charged with second-degree kidnapping, a parole violation and misdemeanor obstruction of a police animal, according to Jim Shires, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

  • Police locate alleged hit-and-run vehicle

    Police have located the car they believe struck 13-year-old Taylor Hunt on Dec. 12.

    Hunt was walking toward a bus stop on her way to Ken Caryl Middle School when a black 1997 Volkswagen Jetta struck her. The driver fled the scene.

    Hunt was taken to the hospital and released the same day but did suffer serious injuries, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    The car was found at 8545 S. Wadsworth Blvd., which is believed to be where the owner of the car lives.

    The State Patrol is urging anyone with information about the incident to call 303-239-4583.

  • Giving thanks for a year gone by

    By Hannah Hayes

    A yard sign lives on in my neighborhood. It’s been up since 2001, proclaiming “United We Stand.” Passers-by can’t help but puzzle the sign’s meaning at the end of 2008. The owner’s pride exudes from the entire property, but the sign reeks of the prejudice of these last eight years.