Local News

  • Jeffco residents can comment on updates to master plan

    It’s not quite time to update Jefferson County’s comprehensive master plan, but the county planning and zoning department is thinking ahead and including the public in the process.

    When it comes time to update the plan, will changes focus on a specific land use, such as housing or commercial centers? Or will there be a focus on a specific geographic area like South Plains Area Plan, which covers South Jeffco, or the Evergreen Area Community Plan or the Conifer/285 Corridor Community Plan?

  • Eight accused of operating identity theft ring

    Eight people have been indicted on 68 counts of theft, identity theft and more for allegedly operating an identity theft ring in Jefferson County and elsewhere in the metro area between December 2017 and April 2018.

    Four men and four women are accused of operating the ring, which affected at least 26 merchants and 14 victims, according to the indictment. Six of the eight have been arrested, while two suspects — Faith Knight and Dwone Ector — remain at large.

    The following individuals have been arrested:

    • Jacob Westfall, 20.

  • A Little Help connects seniors with neighbors

    Age may bring wisdom, but it can also bring challenges. Luckily, a local nonprofit organization is here to provide “a little help.”

    A Little Help, an organization that connects seniors with neighbors, began in Denver in 2005. Recently, however, it started moving into southern Jefferson County. Volunteers provide rides, conversation and help around the house.

    While rides to appointments are certainly important, the social aspect is arguably even more valuable.

  • Participants decorate rocks to spread kindness

    Recently, while perusing the shelves at a library in Denver, Lisa Fladung found a rock decorated with a thoughtful message.

    It made her day.

    Ultimately, she discovered the rock was part of the Kindness Rocks Project, and Fladung, a patron experience associate at the Columbine Library, decided to host a rock-decorating event at her library so she could reciprocate the kindness she received and involve the community in the process.

  • Swimmers raise nearly $200,000 for cancer research at inaugural event

    A gleam of sunshine reflected off Chatfield Reservoir on Sunday morning as swimmers dashed into the water on the count of 10.

    It didn’t matter whether the swimmers were participating in the 5K, mile or half-mile. After all, Sunday wasn’t a race. It was a fundraiser for cancer research.

  • Dog dies after truck submerges in Chatfield Reservoir

    One dog died Friday afternoon after being trapped inside a submerged truck at Chatfield Reservoir.

    Firefighters and the dive team with Littleton Fire Rescue arrived at the north boat ramp at Chatfield State Park just before noon Friday after getting reports of the submerged truck. The driver of the truck and a second dog made it out of the truck uninjured. 

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  • Black Bear Trail opens to public

    Hikers and bikers can now traverse two Jeffco Open Space parks via the Black Bear Trail.

    The newly opened trail, which connects Hildebrand Ranch and Deer Creek Canyon Park, is 6.3 miles and rated as difficult, largely due to its length and exposure.

    “Once you start the trail, it’s pretty much a one-way trip unless you turn around,” said Jason Crum, trails lead for the southern region of Jeffco Open Space.

  • CDOT looking for funding to make WestConnect improvements happen

    Now that a study of traffic improvements along C-470 is complete, the Colorado Department of Transportation is working through its next obstacle — finding funding for the recommended projects.

  • Art gallery provides affordable art — with Red Rocks Amphitheatre as a backdrop

    It doesn’t take long for Jamie and Scott Jasper to explain how much they love Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. It’s the place where they met and later got engaged.

    “Oh man, I love everything about it,” Jamie said. “ … Hearing the music outside, being with 10,000 people outside, that’s what I love about Red Rocks.”