Today's News

  • From the amateur mat to the squared circle

    By day, he’s Brandon Morris, a 22-year-old Columbine High School gradute employed in the mailroom at Oce Business Services in Westminster. By weekend nights, he’s Bruce Rogers, a 6-foot, 220-pound local independent wrestler.
    A former four-year wrestler for the Rebels, Morris started training for professional wrestling days after his high school wrestling season ended.
    “I just wanted to do it the moment I turned 18. Then I realized I had to go through my senior year first. But then I wanted to do it right away,” Morris said.


    Wearing a black blazer, dress shirt and slacks, Andrew Ryan looks the part of a professional, even if the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder doesn’t exactly inspire visions of Hulk Hogan or Andre the Giant.
    But in the wrestling ring the 21-year-old Colorado Springs resident has established himself as one of the state’s most entertaining and technically sound grapplers.

  • Shelter provides care for animal fire refugees

    Fleeing on a moment’s notice from her home on Pleasant Park Road was taxing enough for Conifer resident Tracy McCandless. But the task of relocating five horses and a cat caused her stress level to rise exponentially.

    Fortunately for McCandless and numerous other residents, volunteer teams of animal rescuers were prepared to help evacuate animals in the midst of the deadly Lower North Fork Fire.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Doesn’t respect others’ property

  • White powder discovered in FCI Englewood mailroom

    A hazmat team responded late Monday morning to the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, the prison near Quincy and U.S. 285, when a routine check of inmate mail revealed an envelope containing white powder.

    West Metro Fire Rescue arrived at the prison shortly after 11 a.m. The mailroom area was “promptly contained” after the discovery, the prison stated in a news release.

    A test of the powder indicated the substance was not hazardous, a prison spokesman said.

    The recipient of the mail was not identified.

  • Jeffco enacts fire ban

    Jefferson County enacted a fire ban March 27 in the wake of several forest fires, including the 4,500-acre Lower North Fork Fire south of Conifer.

    The ban, which applies to all unincorporated county land as well as a section of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest off Brook Forest Road, will remain in effect indefinitely.

  • Open Space makes $1.1 million in outdoor grant recommendations

    The Jefferson County Open Space Division has recommended giving $818,000 in 2012 grants to five Jeffco cities, pending approval of the Board of County Commissioners.

    The division also recommended that six nonprofit community groups be awarded $99,400 in Conservation Trust Fund (Colorado Lottery) money in 2012.

    In addition, Open Space staff recommended distributing $241,000 in lottery funds to seven recreation or metro districts, including Evergreen Park and Recreation.

  • Federal appeals court overturns forest recreation fees

    A federal appeals court in California has ruled against the U.S. Forest Service’s practice of charging a parking fee for people who go to an area only to hike or camp and do not use amenities such as picnic tables, trash cans or bathrooms.

  • Neighborhood Bookstore closing

    After 20 years in business, the last four in historic downtown Littleton, the Neighborhood Bookstore is slated to close March 31.

    “We’ve fought the good fight for too long,” says Elizabeth McCormick, who opened the bookstore with a partner in 1992.

    Both avid readers, McCormick and her partner wanted to team up in a business that was stimulating and rewarding.

    “We looked for a business that was ethical, that we believed in, something that was fun,” she said.

  • Proposed smoking ban would close hookah bars

    South Jeffco’s two hookah bars would be effectively shut down under a stringent smoking ban proposed last week by Jefferson County Public Health.

    Following results of a survey in which more than 80 percent of unincorporated Jeffco respondents reportedly said they favored tighter smoking restrictions in public places, the health department brought the proposal — which has not been drafted as an ordinance — before the county commissioners.