Today's News

  • Music to their ears

    Choirs from 14 Jeffco high schools — including Dakota Ridge, Columbine and Chatfield — congregated at Arvada High School on Oct. 20 to perform an informal concert for one another.

    Called the Jeffco Sing-In, the musical event has more than a 20-year history. It provides a chance for the concert choirs to listen to each other in a non-competitive atmosphere. In fact, choirs are asked not to wear school colors or choir outfits. Each choir can perform up to two songs of any genre.


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  • Fliers backing Trump tossed from vehicle in South Jeffco

    Small slips of paper tossed from a vehicle recently in South Jeffco urge voters to support the Trump presidential ticket, but the county Republican Party says it’s not connected to the scattershot campaigning.

    Don Ytterberg, chairman of the Jeffco GOP, said the local party is claiming no credit for the mini-fliers, in which “a concerned grandmother” criticizes Hillary Clinton and suggests that future generations will be miffed if Donald Trump isn’t elected president.

    The message on the paper reads:

  • Secretary of State Williams discusses ballot measures

    Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams met with students and other members of the public Oct. 12 at Arapahoe Community College to discuss and explain various ballot measures in the November election, including the highly controversial ColoradoCare and a law permitting assisted suicide.

    Williams emphasized that his job includes reviewing ballot initiatives and analyzing whether or not they meet the legal requirements.

  • Jeffco jail inmate used bedsheet to commit suicide

    A Jeffco jail inmate who committed suicide last week used a bedsheet to hang himself, a Jeffco sheriff’s  spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

    David Little, 40, of Wheat Ridge was booked into the jail on June 28 on suspicion of three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count each of first-degree murder, attempted assault with a deadly weapon and sexual assault on a child. Little was found unconscious in his cell about 4 p.m. Oct. 4.

  • Thief on a roll steals bench from home

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is searching for a fleet-footed thief accused of stealing a bench from a South Jeffco home on Oct. 3 or 4. 

    “It was stolen sometime between the 3rd and the 4th of October, probably overnight on the 3rd into the morning on the 4th,” said sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer. 

  • One-time Denver officer convicted of two felonies in Jeffco court

    A one-time Denver police officer, who was accused of arranging a tryst at a Burger King in South Jeffco with a DA’s investigator posing as a 14-year-old, has been convicted of two felonies.

    Joseph Ellsworth, 60, of Colorado Springs was found guilty last week of internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child. Ellsworth, who is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 1, faces nine years to life in prison.

  • Funds sought for repairs to Columbine Memorial

    The Columbine Memorial Foundation is raising funds to help repair parts of the memorial at Clement Park.

    Though fund-raising efforts are ongoing, replacement of the buckling concrete on the inner part of the circle at the memorial entrance is the top priority of Columbine Memorial Foundation president Alan Cram.

    “We are trying to get an endowment set up to care for the facility long term,” he said. “(But) my view is a little shorter term. We’ve got an issue that we’re trying to get resolved.”

  • Foes ramp up efforts to thwart rezoning in Rooney Valley

    The group that launched a petition opposed to rezoning that could bring auto and motorcycle dealerships, retail and commercial flex-use space to the Rooney Valley area near Dinosaur Ridge is ramping up efforts ahead of county commissioners’ hearings on the rezoning later this month.

  • High lead levels found in drinking water at 38 Jeffco elementary schools

    Test results released by Jeffco Public Schools last week have revealed that at least 38 elementary schools in the district have high levels of lead in the drinking water from at least one sink or water fountain, including 11 schools in the mountain area and in South Jeffco.