Today's News

  • Fun begins at summer’s end

    Sunny weather and even brighter smiles were in evidence over the weekend at the Summerset Festival in Clement Park, where food, fun and a variety of vendor booths drew thousands.

    For three days, Denver area residents enjoyed music, games, shopping, fireworks and camaraderie during South Jeffco’s traditional send-off to summer.

  • Three vying for two two-large seats on Littleton council

    With the makeup of the Littleton City Council in the balance in the Nov. 3 election, the Courier is previewing each of the five races.

    Five of the council’s seven seats are up for election, as residents in Districts 1, 2 and 4 will vote for their representatives, and the city as a whole will decide on two of the three at-large seats.

  • State approves ballot that includes school board recall

    Colorado’s secretary of state has approved a Jeffco ballot that will include a recall question targeting the three conservative members of the school board in the Nov. 3 election, according to the county clerk’s office.

  • Chatfield student dies after suffering anaphylactic reaction to peanut

    A 16-year-old Chatfield High School student died Sept. 21 after suffering an allergic reaction to food containing peanuts. 

    According to news reports, Simon Katz was at a bonfire for Chatfield’s homecoming when he ate a s’more that contained peanuts. Katz went into anaphylactic shock soon after eating the food and then died.

    Katz was a guitar player in the band Boats Without Oars, and his Facebook page was filled with messages from friends and fellow musicians. 

  • When artworks become good works

    It wasn’t enough for local artist Tracy Haines to create 30 paintings in 30 days. She wanted her artwork to have an impact on the community.

    Haines, a South Jeffco resident who rediscovered a love of painting after a career as a dermatologist, is donating half of any proceeds from the 30 paintings she is creating this month to Extended Hands of Hope, a Broomfield nonprofit that is working to build a shelter in Jeffco for victims of sexual trafficking and exploitation.

  • County OKs major expansion of church at Belleview and Ward

    Belleview Community Church is merging with The Rock of Southwest, and the combined congregation eventually will gather in a house of worship that will triple the size of the church at West Belleview Avenue and South Ward Street.

    The expansion plan was unanimously approved by Jeffco’s county commissioners on Sept. 15, paving the way for the church at 12472 W. Belleview Ave. to expand to 73,000 square feet from the existing 25,000.

  • Proposed 2016 budget for Jeffco Open Space reflects increase in revenue, expenses

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended approval of the proposed 2016 budget, which reflects increases in both revenue and expenses in the coming year.

    Jeffco Open Space is projecting a 3 percent increase in sales-tax revenue in 2016, which is expected to generate additional revenue of $16.7 million for the agency, said Hugh Wilson, Open Space business manager. Operational costs also are anticipated to increase by 3 percent in the coming year, Wilson said during a presentation of the budget draft on Sept. 10.

  • Land at Belleview, Simms rezoned to accommodate mix of residential

    A property on South Simms Street just north of West Belleview Avenue zoned for a 290-unit apartment complex has been rezoned to allow 130 single-family homes, townhomes, condos or duplexes on “micro lots.”

    Jeffco’s county commissioners approved the modification to the Belleview Village development unanimously on Sept. 15. But in a vote to establish a special district to help pay for the development, Commissioner Casey Tighe was the lone dissenter. Special districts are governmental agencies with taxing authority to pay for provided services.

  • Suspect in Parker man's slaying to be prosecuted in Elbert County

    The man charged in a Jeffco court in connection with the slaying of Jason Michael Dosa, 44, of Parker will instead be prosecuted in Elbert County.
    Shawn Geerdes, 46, faces charges of first-degree murder and second-degree arson in the death of Dosa, whose body was found in a burning car in the Deer Creek area Sept. 20. Geerdes was arrested Sept. 23.
    The case was moved Sept. 30 because authorities believe the crime was committed in Elbert County, judicial spokeswoman Michelle Yi said.

  • Morrison bed and breakfast gutted by early-morning fire

    A fire early Thursday caused extensive damage at a historic bed and breakfast in Morrison.

    West Metro Fire Rescue received a call before 5 a.m. that a blaze had broken out in the basement of the Horton House Bed & Breakfast at 105 Cannon St.. Three people were in the building at the time of the fire, including one guest, but no one was injured, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire.