Today's News

  • Small-business owners voice economic concerns

    U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman walked away from a small-business forum May 19 with a slight surprise: Despite some evidence of a rebounding economy, the entrepreneurial outlook on that recovery is anything but sanguine.

    Small-business owners face numerous hurdles in making profits, many said, ranging from decreased credit lines to a tighter leash on government contracts. Some even cited a perceived decrease in “American values,” with an overall drop in work ethic and other issues, such as homeowners across the country walking away from mortgages.

  • Search begins to replace library district director

    The Jefferson County Public Library board initiated a search for a new executive director May 19, hiring a contractor for $16,000 to find a replacement for Marcellus Turner.

    The Seattle Public Library recently hired Turner to head its system. He will begin the new job in mid-August; his last day with Jefferson County is slated for July 15.

  • Pedestrian span installed over Wadsworth

    Jefferson County placed the long-awaited pedestrian bridge over South Wadsworth Boulevard near West Bowles Avenue on May 16, connecting two massive pieces that were constructed off site.

    The $3 million bridge, part of a larger $8.7 million road project that will make Wadsworth 10 lanes wide at the intersection, is expected to be completed by the end of June.

    The entire project adds another southbound lane to Wadsworth, making the road three lanes wide in each direction. The completed street will also include two left-turn lanes and two right-turn lanes.

  • Dakota Ridge girls soccer team reaches 5A state finals

    ENGLEWOOD -- Kelsey Loupee scored two goals and assisted on another as third-seeded Dakota Ridge avenged its only loss of the season with a 3-1 win over No. 2 seed Arapahoe on May 21 in the 5A girls soccer state semifinals at Englewood High School.

    The Lady Eagles (16-1-2) advance to play No. 1 seed and undefeated Mountain Vista (16-0-2) in the state finals on May 21 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Mountain Vista advanced with a 2-0 win over Pine Creek.

  • Chargers' Gaytan wins state title in 400

    LAKEWOOD -- Chatfield junior Erik Gaytan won the 5A state championship in the 400 meters on May 21 at Jefferson County Stadium.

    Gaytan, who came into the final day of the meet with the third fastest qualifying time, ran a championship-winning time of 47.95 seconds. Montbello’s Kordell Deffenbaugh came in second in 48.37 and Ben Goodman of Palmer was third in 49.16.

    The top four finishers were all underclassmen.

  • Truck hits two pedestrians near apartment complex

    A large truck hit two pedestrians Friday afternoon near the Whisper Creek apartment complex, sending both to hospitals with serious injuries.
    Matthew Maccord, 20, and Robert Husak, 19, were sitting on a bench near a playground when a Ford F-250 driven by Sebastian Kowzan, 28, ran off the street at 3505 S. Nelson Circle, hitting both the pedestrians and the structure.

  • Flores, Eagles rally, advance to state semifinals

    HIGHLANDS RANCH -- Brooke Flores believed her team was supposed to be in the game, that it needed to be here. But for the game’s first 39 minutes it didn’t look so.

    That’s because sixth-seeded Fairview scored two early goals and had Dakota Ridge befuddled offensively. But there was still time for the Lady Eagles and they made the most of it.

  • High school graduations schedule

     South Jeffco high school graduation schedule


    Chatfield High School

    Red Rocks Amphitheater (rain or shine)

    18300 W. Alameda Parkway


    May 20

    2 p.m.


    Dakota Ridge High School

    Comfort Dental Amphitheater

    6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.

    Greenwood Village

    May 26

    7 p.m.

    Free and paid parking between $10 and $15


    Collegiate Academy

    Water Stone Community Church

  • Roundup: Chatfield scores first girls lacrosse state playoff win

    LAKEWOOD -- Katie Larson scored four goals and Shelby Piper added a hat trick as the Chatfield Lady Chargers scored a 14-6 first-round victory over Grandview on May 11 in the girls lacrosse state playoffs at Trailblazer Stadium.

    The win was the first playoff win in school history for 14th-seeded Chatfield (12-4), which advanced to face third-seeded Kent Denver (11-4) on May 14 in the second round. The Lady Sun Devils won 24-9.

  • Jeffco to pay detained immigrant $40,000 settlement

    Jefferson County is preparing a $40,000 settlement with an immigrant detained for 49 days in the county jail in 2009.
    Luis Quezada, who was living in Lakewood when he was arrested on suspicion of failing to appear in court on an alleged traffic violation, is being representing in the federal lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.
    In addition to the claim against Sheriff Ted Mink, Quezada also reached a $50,000 settlement on May 3 with the other defendant in the case, the federal government.