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Today's News

  • Critics of school board recall take issue with petition language

    The petition to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members levels several major accusations at the trio — and their supporters don’t agree with the language.

    Opponents of the recall effort, which is aimed at school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, have called the petition language inaccurate.

    Supporters of the recall disagree and say the petition language is both accurate and shows justification for their efforts.

  • Six jail deputies reprimanded in prisoner's death

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has reprimanded six jail deputies after an investigation into the March death of Jennifer Lobato, who died in her cell after waiting hours in vain for medical attention. 

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said the six deputies were given written reprimands for their actions or lack of action. Lobato died March 2, a day after being booked into the jail on a shoplifting charge. 

  • Jeffco school board recall organizers reach signature-collection goal

    The group trying to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members has collected the signatures it needs to move forward with a recall election, a spokeswoman said.

    Jeffco United for Action over the weekend stopped gathering signatures from people who want to recall board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, according to spokeswoman Lynea Hansen. The group announced Tuesday afternoon that it had collected more than 110,000 signatures.

  • Recreational closures lifted on South Platte, its North Fork

    Officials have lifted the recreational restrictions that have been in place on the South Platte River and its North Fork since mid-June, according to a news release.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office closed the streams to recreational uses after rains and snowmelt created dangerously high water levels.

    The streams, which were closed to tubing, rafting, kayaking, fishing and swimming, were reopened as of Monday morning, according to the release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

  • Crowd gets a bang out of concert

    There’s nothing like listening to an orchestra play as the sun sets — the beauty of a violin, the dignity of the French horn, the sound of a battery of cannons firing in unison.

    At Clement Park on Saturday evening, the 4th Artillery Band, whose members dressed in Civil War-era attire, performed Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” which calls for cannons to be fired in the score.

    And boy, were they fired. Volley after volley sounded as the band played on.

  • Length of contract is latest sticking point in talks with teachers union

    Negotiations between Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union have hit a snag over the length of the next contract.

    The Jefferson County Education Association’s bargaining team wants a three-year contract for teachers. The school district wants to limit the contract to 10 months.

    The two sides seemed to be nearing an agreement before the issue came up at a July 15 negotiating session. Negotiators left the meeting without a resolution and with no date for the next session. 

  • Candidates for school board seats tout divergent backgrounds

    A former commercial property manager and a veteran teacher will vie for a seat on the Jeffco school board this fall.

    Arvada resident Kim Johnson, who touts her years in the business world and time spent volunteering in the Jeffco district, and Applewood resident Ali Lasell, who points to her 26 years of teaching and curriculum writing mostly at Adams 12 Five Star Schools, will compete for Jill Fellman’s seat in District 3, which includes parts of Lakewood and Arvada.

  • Bike race to roll through downtown Littleton

    Nationally ranked cyclists will cruise downtown Littleton streets on Saturday, Aug. 1, as part of the Littleton Twilight Criterium.

    The race, in its third year, will have cyclists zipping through a 1.3-kilometer course that loops through historic downtown at speeds close to 40 mph.

    This year’s race is sanctioned by USA Cycling and is part of the Professional National Criterium Calendar, said Becky Motchan, marketing and event coordinator with the city. That means professional bicycle teams from across the country will be coming to Littleton to compete.

  • Accident on C-470 kills Morrison man

    A Morrison resident was killed Friday morning in a two-car crash in the westbound lanes of C-470 near Platte Canyon Road, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    Tyler Spier, 22, died in the accident, which occurred about 7 a.m. when Spier's 2007 Subaru sedan collided with a 2008 Dodge SUV, State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis reported. The driver of the SUV, Steven Latino Jr., 28, of Parker was not injured. 

  • Littleton man, 18, dies when SUV hits tree

    An 18-year-old Littleton man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Saturday night when the SUV he was driving struck a tree.

    Evan Carlson died about 9 p.m. Saturday when his westbound 1999 Chevrolet Suburban struck a tree in the median on West Mineral Avenue near Long Drive, according to the Littleton Police Department. Carlson was pronounced dead at the scene.