Today's News

  • Witt seeks ethics investigation of himself

    A recent announcement by Jeffco’s embattled school board president that he is requesting an Independent Ethics Commission investigation into himself to counter allegations of sunshine-law violations likely will lead nowhere since the commission oversees neither the state's Open Meetings Law nor school boards.

    Ken Witt, one of three targets of a recall in the Nov. 3 election, called a news conference Oct. 8 to make the announcement to a room of reporters. 

  • Donors’ identities concealed in school board campaigns

    Groups on both sides of the contentious Jeffco school board recall election have employed funding methods that conceal donors’ identities.

    Since efforts to recall conservative board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams were launched in late June, Jeffco residents have been inundated with information from both sides.

    On the incumbents’ side, a nonprofit group with conservative ties has funded television ads featuring Williams that toe — but do not cross — lines that would require it to disclose finances.

  • Board's battle over accountability committee continues

    School board members continued their spat last Thursday over the formation of a new district accountability committee, with the board’s conservative majority approving guidelines for committee membership.

  • Jail releases prisoner on bond in violation of new law

    The Jeffco jail ran afoul of a new law last month when it allowed a prisoner accused of sexual assault and child trafficking to post bond and leave before appearing in front of a judge.

    Sean Travis Crumpler, 48, faces 12 charges in Arapahoe County related to an alleged child sex-trafficking ring, including two counts of trafficking sexual servitude of a minor. He turned himself in at the Jeffco jail on the morning of Sept. 16. He posted bond several hours later and was released.

  • Commissioners apparently violate Open Meetings Law

    Two of Jeffco’s county commissioners appeared to violate Colorado’s Open Meetings Law when they continued to discuss a measure involving changes to county regulations while the board was in recess.

    The apparent violation occurred Sept. 29 during a public hearing on proposed changes to county regulations governing such things as roadway design, land development and storm drainage. The board went into a short recess after Commissioner Don Rosier asked if the hearing could be postponed to a later date to give the board more time to analyze changes to the proposal.

  • Jeffco officials lift fire ban

    Vegetation in Jeffco is moist enough again for officials to lift a countywide fire ban.

    The fire ban was lifted at 8 a.m. Tuesday on all unincorporated areas in Jefferson County, including all federal land.

    Clear Creek County could also lift its fire ban soon, said Sheriff Rick Albers.

    Current and predicted weather conditions have reduced the threat of wildfire in Jefferson County, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement. 

  • Longtime school district critic joins recall challengers

    Yet another challenger has emerged in the school board recall election.

    Longtime district critic Regan Benson is running for the District 5 seat currently held by recall target Ken Witt. Also in the District 5 race are veteran Jeffco educator Ron Mitchell and former school board member Paula Noonan. A total of 13 candidates will appear on ballots that will be sent out this month — nine are vying for the three recall seats, including the targets of the recall, and four are competing for the two seats up for regular election in Districts 3 and 4.

  • Love INC plans fund-raiser Oct. 15

    Love INC of Littleton, an organization that coordinates the efforts of 30 area churches to address such issues as senior care and emergency shelter for the homeless, is set to host its Empty Bowls fund-raiser Oct. 15.

    The fund-raiser, at the Wildlife Experience in Lone Tree from 5 to 8:30 p.m., will feature a menu of homemade soups, live and silent auctions, and guest speaker Eric Alexander, a climber, skier and mountaineer who runs Higher Summits, a motivational and spiritual organization.

  • RTD board member to host telephone town hall

    RTD will host a telephone town hall meeting for residents of South Jeffco and the foothills areas at 7 p.m. Oct 15.

    The town hall is for RTD’s District N, which covers a massive area from Coal Creek Canyon in the north to Green Mountain in the south, along with Morrison and much of South Jeffco and the Columbine area. Residents can hear about the five new light-rail lines opening in 2016 and RTD’s new fare structure, and can talk with Tina Francone, their representative on the RTD board.

  • School district considers charter application

    A presentation from a group that wants to establish a charter school in north Jeffco raised concerns among some members of the school board at a recent meeting.