Today's News

  • ‘I love the first day of school’

      Ken Caryl Middle School principal Pat Sandos was out in front of the school Monday morning, following his routine of directing traffic.

    It was a sight that months ago seemed uncertain. The school, one of many Jeffco Public Schools selected for closure by a citizen panel, was spared by the Board of Education.

    So Aug. 23, the first day of school, might have seemed a bit sweeter than usual for a staff once unsure about the status of their jobs.

  • Body found in pond at local park

    A body was discovered Tuesday afternoon in the pond at Wingate South Park near South Carr Street and West Ute Avenue.

    The coroner has identified the body, though a name of the female victim has not been released. The body may be that of a 24-year-old local woman who had not been seen for several days.

    Foul play is not suspected, said sheriff's office spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Train overturns at Tiny Town; up to 20 injured

    The kids train at Tiny Town derailed and overturned about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, and up to 20 passengers were reported to have been injured.

    Fifteen adults and children were taken to Denver area hospitals, according to the Inter-Canyon Fire Department.

    Emergency personnel were on the scene, and at least one injured child reportedly suffered broken bones. The train was full at the time of the accident.

  • Teens: Think twice about unsafe parties, driving

    Young people today have to navigate a complex world and a complicated social scene. As law enforcement officers, we want to mitigate the dangers so that teens and young adults can safely enjoy their free time.  We urge parents and teens to join us in doing so. Here are some issues to consider.


    Unsupervised Parties

  • Hundreds line up for SmartCo grand opening

      Hundreds of eager customers lined up Aug. 4 outside the new SmartCo Foods grocery emporium, which held its grand opening before the sun had breached the horizon.

    The new store, the latest in the chain’s foray into the state, handed out gift cards to the first 250 customers, who began flooding into the market shortly after 6 a.m.

    “At a lot of our stores, it starts at about 4 or 5 the night before,” manager David Crookston said of the throng waiting for the store to open.

  • Salmonella cases confirmed in 8 diners at The Fort

    Salmonella recently sickened eight people and likely affected 20 others who ate at The Fort restaurant in Morrison, and the Jeffco health department is looking into the situation.

    “We are corresponding on patients who ate at the restaurant between July 10 through 16,” said Jeffco Public Health spokeswoman Nancy Braden. “We are involved in an ongoing investigation.”

  • We can say no to negative ads

    Negative attacks, they say, have long been part of politics. In “Going Dirty: the Art of Negative Campaigning” by David Mark, we’re told that in the 1828 presidential election, Andrew Jackson’s political allies nicknamed John Quincy Adams “the Pimp,” a reference to “a rumor that while he was ambassador to Russia a decade earlier, he had coerced a young woman into having an affair with a czar.”

  • County assessor running unopposed in November

      Jefferson County Assessor Jim Everson anticipated a tsunami of protests in 2009, suspecting that higher-than-expected property-tax valuations would befuddle homeowners. But the wave never came.

    His office prepared well ahead of time for the protests, he said. It sent notices to property owners, hoping that would brace them for potentially disappointing valuations, which were based on home-sales figures from June 2008, when houses fetched more of a premium.

  • Rebels’ Wilson injures kidney

    Adam Wilson said that it felt like he had the wind knocked out of him, but he could feel a pain in his back. He didn’t think much of it at first. It was just something he figured he could walk off.

  • Rodeo at Jeffco Fairgrounds cancels tail-dragging event


    Promoters of a Mexican rodeo held Sunday at the Jeffco Fairgrounds canceled a controversial event in which bulls are forced to the ground by their tails.

    The American Humane Association, an animal advocacy agency, had said it was pursuing an injunction to prevent the coleadero event, which the county had refused to block.

    “We’re very pleased that the promoters have adjusted their event schedule and did something that’s right for everyone,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.