Today's News

  • Commissioners OK change in dog-licensing fee

    Jeffco’s county commissioners voted 2-1 to approve a change in the cost to license dogs in the county, creating a flat $20 fee for both altered and unaltered canines.

    The flat fee represents an increase of $5 for dogs that are spayed or neutered, and a $10 decrease for unaltered canines. The program is administered by Foothills Animal Shelter, which asked for the increase to shore up its finances.

  • Commissioners approve rezoning for senior housing facility

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have approved a request to rezone 8.5 acres near the northwest corner of West Bowles Avenue and South Simms Street for the Westgold Meadows project, a 130-unit senior housing development.

    The parcel, west of the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Simms, had been zoned for a planned development that allowed commercial uses only. The new planned development, approved unanimously by the commissioners on Aug. 4, will allow the retirement community, which will have on-site medical staff as well as a beauty salon and fitness center.

  • Red Rocks Park gets national historic landmark status

    On a bright Sunday morning, the amphitheater at Red Rocks Park is filled with people working out and jogging in the seating area before an afternoon concert. As visitors walked toward the museum at the Denver Mountain Parks property, they passed a statue of a Civilian Conservation Corps worker representing the effort required to build the popular venue flanked by iconic sandstone formations.

  • Group supporting recall files complaint

    A Jeffco-based advocacy group that supports the effort to recall the school board’s conservative majority has filed a complaint alleging charitable fraud against an opposing group over a website domain name.

  • Sewer line repairs begin in Columbine Valley

    Repair work has begun on a large sewer line in the Columbine Valley area that serves 14,000 people in the Southwest Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District, Grant Water and Sanitation District and Columbine Water and Sanitation District.

  • Police called to teacher welcome event

    Lakewood police officers made an appearance at a Jeffco Public Schools orientation for new teachers Aug. 4 after union representatives passing out fliers were told they were trespassing.

    The relationship between the Jefferson County Education Association and the school district has been strained in recent months over two lawsuits, contract negotiations, and an attempt to recall the district’s three conservative school board members.

  • Summer records reinvigorate Garcia’s passion

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    It’s almost as if Santana Garcia has a fixation with water. From about the age of 8, he has envisioned attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., with the help of his special talent: swimming.
    The gift in the pool has been there for the Chatfield senior-to-be, along with a demanding course load. In the past two 5A boys swimming championships, Garcia placed in the top six in the 100-yard butterfly and twice finished ninth in the 50 freestyle, winning the ‘B’ heat.

  • Column: It’s that time of the year yet again

    Boy, summer sure does fly by.
    By now, I’ll guess that you’ve peeked at the calendar and noticed that we’re nearly halfway through the month of August. Go ahead, take a look. OK, it’s Aug. 12, to be exact. Close enough.

  • Boys golf preview: Swinging into a new season

    The 2015 high school boys golf season is ready to get under way. Some teams, such as Columbine, return standouts like Marcus Tait, while Dakota Ridge and Chatfield will turn to returning players
    to fill leadership roles.

    The last time we saw Columbine’s boys golf team, it was finishing 10th at the 5A state championships last September in Colorado Springs. But it was the drama in how the Rebels qualified for state two weeks prior at regionals that identified this team.

  • West Nile virus found in Jeffco

    A mosquito pool in Jeffco has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first positive test of the year in the county. 

    The positive result came from a sample from pools in the Lakewood and Arvada areas from July 15, said David Volkel, an environmental specialist with Jeffco Public Health. 

    Volkel said the county is divided into "sentinel zones" for mosquito testing. Mosquitoes caught in traps in a 5-mile-wide zone are sent to Colorado Department of Public Health for testing.