Today's News

  • This Santa really is airborne

    Gerald Folger’s career as “Santa’s helper” has taken him around the world and brought him into contact with thousands of children — but it also spelled trouble for his granddaughter.

  • Group that backed recall ordered to disclose donors

    An administrative judge has decided that one nonprofit group that contributed to efforts to recall three former Jeffco school board members violated state campaign finance law, and must pay a fine and disclose its donors.

  • Jeffco Virtual Academy to drop K-6 classes

     Jeffco Virtual Academy’s elementary-level program will close after the school year ends and be partially absorbed by Arvada-based Two Roads Charter School as a result of low enrollment, school district officials say.

  • Family sues over death of Jeffco inmate

    The family of a Jeffco jail prisoner who died in her cell after waiting hours for medical attention has filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff, county commissioners, eight deputies, and the outside medical company contracted by the jail, including six of its employees.

  • Students at Blue Heron Elementary flock to holiday drive benefiting homeless

    As holiday parties were in full swing at Blue Heron Elementary School last Thursday, youngsters were taking time to pack essential items for homeless students.

    The entire school participated in the effort organized by sixth-grade teacher Kim Fognani, in which more than 8,000 products were collected in recent weeks.

    Gathered around tables in the school library and gym, students placed bottles of shampoo, body wash, hairbrushes, lotions and other items in plastic containers.

  • New fire station will be built for TrailMark neighborhood

    The Littleton City Council has approved construction of a new fire station to serve
    the TrailMark neighborhood and surrounding areas in South Jeffco.

    “Adding Station 19 will cause faster response times to emergency calls,” said Fire
    Chief Chris Armstrong. “Time is critical when responding to medical calls,
    especially with almost 17 percent of our population in high-risk age ranges.”

  • Southwest Plaza transformed with $75 million in renovations

    After more than a year of extensive redevelopment, Southwest Plaza is sporting a bright new appearance that includes new stores and a café with a fireplace and skylight.

    Finishing touches are being added to the 1.3 million-square-foot shopping center, which has been redesigned to create a community atmosphere, said Greg Sims, senior general manager for Southwest Plaza.

    “The prime objective was to open it up, make it much more inviting,” Sims said.

  • Santa gets a head start with deliveries to metro area families

    Like elves in a giant workshop, hundreds of volunteers were wrapping Christmas gifts in the large gym of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last Thursday evening.

    At one long table filled with rolls of holiday paper, ribbon and toys, Danny and Elizabeth Williams were helping their father, Scott Williams, wrap toys for needy children.

  • Columbine boys drop to 2-6 before break

    LITTLETON — Practice might not equal perfection, but Columbine’s boys basketball team hopes to see improvement after winter break.

    “The break is coming at a good time. We have a lot to work on over break,” Columbine coach Clay Thielking said after a 51-42 loss to Liberty on Dec. 17. “I don’t know how much of a break it will be. It will be a break from games. We welcome that.”

  • Navratil puts bow on Dakota Ridge victory

    LITTLETON — With Arapahoe closing quickly in the fourth quarter Dec. 19, Dakota Ridge’s girls basketball team turned to senior Caitlin Navratil.

    The Eagles’ 5-foot-2 guard poured in 10 points in the final five minutes, allowing Dakota Ridge to take a 67-54 victory into the winter break. Navratil finished with a game-high 23 points.

    “I trust the ball in (Navratil’s) hands for sure,” Dakota Ridge coach Diane Thompson said.