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Today's News

  • Sheriff cautions public on counterfeit bills

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning consumers and businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit money after seeing an increase in its use in 2016.

    The use of fraudulent money was reported nearly 30 times in November and December 2016, a fairly dramatic increase from 2015, when four cases were reported in the county.

    Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said use of counterfeit cash tends to increase later in the year amid the holiday-shopping frenzy.

  • Wagging tail helps kids read tales

    Molly, a black Labrador, lets go with a prodigious yawn as she relaxes on the floor of a Columbine Library study room.

    Though it might not be apparent at first glance, the 3-year-old therapy dog is on the clock; she is the canine component in the library’s Paws for Reading program, in which readers of all levels can sign up for a 15-minute reading session with a pup.

  • A one-man wave of patriotism

    A Morrison man is showing the flag — literally — to do his part to stop the divisiveness that surrounded November’s presidential election.

    Jeff McNamara has taken to waving an American flag near his home at U.S. 285 and Sourdough Drive, at the roundabout in Marshdale, on overpasses along C-470, and elsewhere. He calls his stints with the flag “Yay America” rallies.

  • Network offers help, sense of community for homeless

    On one of the first official nights of winter, the frosty breath of a dozen people filled the air outside the Charles Whitlock Recreation Center in Lakewood.

    Bundled in winter coats, scarves, gloves and hats, they tote trash bags, rolling suitcases or large backpacks filled with extra clothes, shoes and other possessions.

  • Red Rocks getting tuned up for upcoming season

    As it enters its 76th year, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre prepares for a 2017 lineup filled with concerts, exercise programs, movies and more.

    The venue does not promote its shows and has yet to release a full lineup for the upcoming season, but Jordan Bishop, spokesman for Denver Arts and Venues, said Red Rocks is excited about what has been announced thus far.

    “We are really proud of the work that was done last year, (and we are) proud of the way things are shaping up for 2017,” Bishop said.

  • 15-year-old friend charged with reckless manslaughter in teen's shooting

    The 14-year-old victim of a shooting on Dec. 23 at his home at the 11300 block of West Bowles Place died Monday, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Nathaniel Griego, a freshman at Dakota Ridge High School, was rushed to a hospital Friday after being shot by a 15-year-old friend, the Sheriff’s Office said. Griego, 14, lived with his grandparents.

  • Former Jeffco DA Scott Storey arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Former Jeffco district attorney Scott Storey was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence.

    About 12:30 a.m. that night, Storey, 69, of Littleton was exiting the parking lot of the Platte River Bar & Grill, 5995 S. Santa Fe Drive, when his vehicle collided with another car, according to court records. Littleton police responded and spoke with Story at the scene. 

  • Rapidly aging population in Jefferson County poses challenges

    Editor’s note: The growing number of people age 65 and over in Jefferson County ultimately will require more services from government, nonprofit agencies and the individuals who serve as caretakers for our senior citizens. This story looks at the demographic shift in Jeffco and Colorado; stories in a future special section will examine the challenges ahead and profile some of the county’s seniors.

  • School district to wrap up lead mitigation by end of year

    After more than six months of testing and repairs, Jeffco Public Schools is expected to wrap up mitigation efforts related to high lead levels in tap water at more than 77 percent of the district’s schools by year’s end.

    According to Tim Reed, executive director of facilities and planning, testing of the water at all district facilities was completed in October, and efforts to replace hundreds of affected fixtures, pipes and other materials remain in process.

  • Foothills weighing tax-hike question to address growing operational costs

    The Foothills Park & Rec District board met before Christmas to explore the possibility of presenting a property-tax increase to voters to address climbing operational costs.

    Asking Foothills residents for a bump in the mill levy has been on the minds of district officials since 2014, which was the year the district last asked voters to sign off on an increase of 4 mills. That initiative failed despite the fact that the district has not received additional property-tax revenue since 2000.