Today's News

  • Gonzales charged with felony child abuse in toddler beating

    The man accused of seriously injuring a Littleton toddler earlier this month has been charged with one count of felony child abuse with serious bodily harm.

    Joshua James Gonzales, 21, who was publicly sought by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office before turning himself in Sept. 17, appeared in a Jefferson County court Friday where he was formally charged with the Class 3 felony. According to Pam Russell, Jeffco DA’s spokeswoman, Gonzales faces 10 to 32 years in prison if convicted.

  • Morrison town board gives hiring, firing authority to town administrator

    Morrison’s Town Administrator Kara Winters now will be able to hire, fire and discipline employees — just in time for the town to hire a new chief for its police department. 
The decision, which was unanimously approved at a Sept. 19 board meeting, will take all personnel decision-making responsibility away from the town’s board of directors.

    “In the day we didn’t have a town manager, so the board was the hiring and firing authority,” said board member Allen Williams. “So that was miserable.”

  • Littleton residents concerned about road condition, traffic

    Littleton residents are concerned about traffic and road conditions, but city officials hope to allay their concerns and prepare for the future.

    The mayor, city manager and other officials met with the public on Sept. 20 to discuss the conditions of Littleton’s streets, sidewalks and infrastructure, and talk about future plans for improvement.

  • Morrison’s Cider Fest a true celebration of fall

    With apple cider, bluegrass music and cool, dreary weather, Saturday’s Cider Fest in Morrison served as the perfect kickoff to fall.

    “This is fall,” Gus Chambers, co-founder of the festival, said to the crowd who lounged on hay bales with cold beers in hand. “It was summer just about three days ago.”

    The festival began 28 years ago as a way to bring the small mountain community of Morrison together, and Gus marveled at its growth over the years.

  • Askins arraignment continued for 3rd time

    The arraignment for the man accused of lighting Roman candles that started the North Turkey Creek Fire on March 22 has been continued for the third time.

    Andrew Askins, 18, was charged in late April with two class-4 felonies of second-degree arson in connection with lighting fireworks while Jefferson County was in a stage-2 fire ban.

    He appeared before the court Monday for an arraignment but asked for a continuance. At an arraignment, the rights of the defendant are formally read and a plea is entered.

  • Chatfield Farms provides fresh produce to low-income families

    On a hazy September morning, Chris Krabbenhoeft plucks leaves of spinach until his bucket is full.

    Spinach, berries, onions, peas, green beans — depending on the season, the 1.5-acre garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms location in Littleton has it all.

  • Chatfield ends long drought against rival Columbine

    By Dennis Pleuss

    LAKEWOOD — The streak is over in the biggest football rivalry in South Jeffco.

    Chatfield, ranked No. 3 in the CHSAANow.com Class 4A football poll, defeated rival Columbine for the first time since 2009. The Chargers took a 35-14 victory over the Rebels, No. 4 in 5A, on Sept. 22 at Jeffco Stadium.

  • Dakota Ridge’s offense still looking to get on track after loss

    By Dennis Pleuss

    LAKEWOOD — Pueblo West football made a productive and successful road trip to Jeffco Stadium on Friday, Sept. 22.

    It didn’t look like a masterpiece at times, but the Cyclones (4-0 record), ranked No. 7 in the latest CHSAANow.com Class 4A football poll, stayed undefeated on the season with a 31-7 victory.

  • D’Evelyn volleyball downs Middle Park in thriller


    DENVER — All season long, D’Evelyn volleyball has been rolling. On Saturday, it won its own Varsity Challenge Tournament to stay perfect on the season, but not without facing its greatest test yet in Middle Park.

    Heading into their third match of the day, the Jaguars had only lost one game the entire season. But after Middle Park tied up the match at one game apiece after a long battle, they were in jeopardy of losing perfection.

  • Evergreen soccer defeats Conifer in rivalry matchup

    By Craig Harper

    EVERGREEN — Saddled with a 1-5 record and a two-game losing streak, the last thing it seemed the Evergreen soccer team needed heading into the annual Mountain Cup against rival Conifer was the absence of head coach Ross Fowler on the sideline.

    But maybe having Fowler relegated to keeping statistics in the EHS press box was a shot in the arm for the Cougars, with Fowler on suspension for an undisclosed reason.