Today's News

  • Fire destroys Morrison home

    An afternoon house fire destroyed a Morrison home on Tuesday.

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District was dispatched at 2 p.m. to 9703 Jennings Road with reports of a structure fire.

    “The (911) caller reported that the home was already fully involved,” said Dan Hatlestad, spokesman with Inter-Canyon.

    Elk Creek Fire Protection District, Indian Hills Fire Rescue, Evergreen Fire/Rescue and the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office provided aid to Inter-Canyon.

    The homeowner and pets were not in the home at the time of the fire.

  • 'We got this'

    A couple weeks after Christian Lyons, 16, wrapped up his freshman football season at Dakota Ridge High School, he began to notice something was not right.

    “I was working out with the football team and really couldn’t do anything,” he said. “I could walk like 10 steps, and then I’d be ready to pass out. And I was getting a lot of migraines.”

    He slept all the time and could barely eat.

  • The long haul

    The story begins long before high school for Derek Valdez.

    The senior at Chatfield Senior High School, who turns 19 in a few days, has beaten cancer not once, not twice, but three times.

    He was first diagnosed with leukemia when he was about 5 years old. He fought it, beat it and was in remission for six years before the cancer returned when he was halfway through seventh grade. He beat that round too, and then, during his sophomore year at Chatfield, the doctors realized the leukemia had returned. This time, the cancer took a different form.

  • An everyday battle

    For Quinn Reynolds, it began in drama class.

    Quinn, 17, was a sophomore at Chatfield Senior High School, when a friend noticed her neck appeared to be swollen. When Quinn went to the doctor, he assumed it was tonsillitis.

    But antibiotics just did not seem to work, so Quinn returned to the hospital for a second time and was given a CAT scan.

    That’s when the doctors caught it.

    “They said, ‘I’m pretty sure you have lymphoma,’” Quinn said.

  • Search continues for suspects in 2016 burglary of S. Jeffco home

    A year-old burglary is still under investigation by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, and the department hopes a new call for information will lead to answers.

    In early April 2016, while the South Jeffco homeowners were on vacation, a burglar broke into a home in the 8700 block of South Jellison Court.

  • Changes coming for Summerset Festival

    Big changes are in store for this year’s Summerset Festival.

    After combating low attendance and financial struggles for several years, festival organizers decided to completely revamp the event.

    Once a multi-day summer sendoff, the festival now will be a one-day craft beer festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 16, at Clement Park. Event organizers say they hope the transformation will lead to a more focused event and attract a fresh crowd.

  • On a snowy day

    April showers may bring May flowers, but the scene at Sledding Hill Park in Ken Caryl on Saturday painted a much different picture.

    Just two days before May’s arrival, snow blanketed the park’s hill. People of all ages traveled to South Jeffco to play in it. Toting sleds and snowboards, families and friends trekked up the hill only to enjoy an adrenaline-filled ride down.

    It’s a tradition for many, and the Foothills Park and Recreation District park attracts a crowd from all over the metro-Denver area.

  • Jeffco school transformed into first responder training site

    Eighteen years after the shooting at Columbine High School forever changed the face of Colorado, there now exists a place where first responders, law enforcement and school principals can train and prepare for the worst.

    Two weeks ago, what used to be Martensen Elementary became the Frank DeAngelis Center for Community Safety — a facility outfitted with a police simulator, smoke machines, remote-controlled strobe lights, a sound system and mock classrooms bearing all the trappings of student life.

  • Chargers win rivalry showdown with Eagles

    By Dennis Pleuss

    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — It was a good old-fashion rivalry game Monday night at Trailblazer Stadium.

    Chatfield and Dakota Ridge — schools separated by 2.6 miles — squared off in a Class 5A Jeffco League game. The Chargers pulled off the upset with a 6-5 victory over the Eagles.

  • Rebels stay perfect in Jeffco League

    By Dennis Pleuss

    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s girls lacrosse team is officially one win away from reclaiming the Jeffco League title.