Today's News

  • Forging new families, starting new lives

    Several hundred people packed the public hearing room at the Jeffco government headquarters on Saturday to celebrate the adoption of 26 children by 17 families on National Adoption Day.

    While the day kicked off a new life for the families, it also marked the end of countless hours of work by caseworkers from Jeffco’s Human Services Department and adoption agencies across the metro area.

  • New school board members take oath of office

    Jeffco’s newly elected school board members officially took the helm of the district last Thursday and are set to re-examine several of their predecessors’ controversial decisions in coming weeks.

    Ron Mitchell, Ali Lasell, Susan Harmon, Amanda Stevens and Brad Rupert, who were elected Nov. 3, were greeted with waves of applause as they took the oath of office and their seats at the board table.

  • Bandimere rezone raises few concerns at public meeting

    A public meeting last week on a potential rezoning of land surrounding Bandimere Speedway drew two dozen people, but only a few expressed concerns about the plan to add residential and commercial uses.

    The proposal, which is in the pre-application process with Jeffco Planning and Zoning, would involve more than 123 acres in unincorporated Jeffco, including the 106.8-acre racetrack property and 7.1 acres north and east of the track in Lakewood. About 20 acres of the property owned by the Bandimere family, just south of the track, are in Morrison.

  • Commissioners, library staff experience unhappy returns

    Jeffco Public Library staff saw their elation over winning a tax increase in this month’s election dimmed somewhat when two county commissioners demanded chapter and verse on how the additional revenue will be spent.

    The commissioners, library staff and the library’s board of directors discussed last week how the additional $8 million in property-tax revenue will be incorporated into the library’s 2016 budget.

  • A hair-raising fund-raiser for fallen officer

    Littleton is being patrolled by a group of mountain men this month.

    More than 20 officers with the Littleton Police Department have put their razors away during November to raise money for the Carl Kisselman Foundation. Kisselman, a detective with the Englewood Police Department, died suddenly at his home in September.

    Littleton Officer Rick Redmond said he and two dozen of his fellow officers donated at least $20 each to the foundation to gain clearance to break the department’s facial hair policy.

  • Blind students get beneath the surface of science

    The Colorado Center for the Blind and Arapahoe Community College again partnered to give sight-challenged students from the Front Range a chance to get hands-on science experience — by dissecting sharks.

    The center hosted about 40 students Friday for the class, taught by ACC biology professor Terry Harrison since 2005. Students who are visually impaired or blind participate in a part of science class they’d otherwise miss: dissection.

  • Jefferson County district attorney on a crusade against sexting

    Jeffco District Attorney Peter Weir is on a crusade to end sexting.

    He will get on his soapbox, as he puts it, with anyone who’ll listen to advice on stopping teenagers from sending naked photos of themselves to one another.

    Sexting was in the news recently thanks to a scandal in Cañon City Schools that involved 100 students. Some were suspended, and others could face felony charges because sexting in Colorado is considered sexual exploitation of a child, a class 3 felony.

  • Student performance on PARCC test falls short of expectations

     More than half of the Colorado third- through 11th-graders who took the controversial PARCC exams last spring did not meet expectations in math and English language arts, according to data released by the Colorado Department of Education.

  • Suspects still at large in bank robbery, carjacking

    Two suspects remained at large almost a week after a bank robbery and crime spree in South Jeffco on Nov. 18 left two people shot and several others hurt.

    One suspect was arrested last Wednesday after three men robbed the First Bank at South Kipling Parkway and West Jewell Avenue about 11 a.m. and left the employees locked in the vault, according to Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis. One bank employee reportedly was physically assaulted.

  • Attorney hired by school board’s conservative majority resigns

    Jeffco school board attorney Brad Miller, who was hired by the ousted conservative majority after they gained control of the board two years ago, has resigned, according to a letter he submitted Monday.

    Miller, who was hired in December 2013 to provide independent legal counsel to the school board, wrote that he’d learned from incoming board member Ron Mitchell that the newly elected board didn’t intend to retain him.