Local News

  • Choppers evacuate two injured hikers from Deer Creek Canyon Park

    Two hikers were airlifted out of Deer Creek Canyon Park on Thursday night after being injured in a steep and remote area, according to an official at Inter-Canyon Fire/Rescue.

    The two men were at a spot near Plymouth Rock Trail, which Inter-Canyon spokesman Dan Hatlestad described as being a short but difficult hike.

    “They had left the trail and begun to work their way off trail in a very rocky and steep area,” he said.

  • Third suspect held in fatal shooting in Littleton last October

    A third suspect has been arrested in the Oct. 19 shooting death of an 18-year-old man in Littleton. 


    The shooting occurred late Oct. 19 in the 5400 block of Fox Street. The victim, Da Von Flores, was shot and killed after a fight at a nearby house party. 

    The third suspect, 18-year-old Chase Spridgen, also was shot during the incident. He had not been initially identified as a suspect by the Littleton Police Department. 

  • Proposal for auto dealership near Kipling and C-470 withdrawn

    A controversial plan to put a car dealership near South Kipling Street and C-470 has been withdrawn by the developer. 

    The proposal, which targeted 11 acres next to the Chatfield Bluffs South and Chatfield Bluffs Condominiums at West Ute Avenue and Kipling, had drawn resistance from surrounding neighborhoods. The Colorado Alliance for Responsible Development was formed to fight the rezoning application. 

  • Littleton's new website debuts

    It’s a new year, and Littleton’s website is getting a new look. 

    The city’s redesigned website, which was scheduled to premiere Jan. 7, features several new features and a more user-friendly interface, according to a news release from the city. 

    Littleton’s website debuted in 2000, and these latest changes mark the first time the city has allocated funds to redesign the website. 

  • Appeals court ruling paves the way for Northwest Parkway land swap

    A controversial deal between Jeffco, Boulder and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service involving 640 acres of the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant was finalized Dec. 31. 

    The deal transfers ownership of the land to the federal government to be used as a wildlife refuge. In exchange, Boulder has ended its longstanding opposition to a 3-mile, 300-foot transportation corridor being granted to the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority east of the refuge.

  • RTD starts testing trains on new west corridor light-rail line

    RTD started its new year with a new train set. 


    As with many new toys, a glitch or two was inevitable in the assembly process, and that proved true with RTD’s new west corridor light-rail line.

    RTD began testing the soon-to-open line on Jan. 3, marking the first time a train had run the entire length from downtown Denver to Johnson Road in Golden under its own power. 

  • Jeffco eyes approach to recreational pot

     As Colorado makes plans to implement Amendment 64, which legalizes small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, Jeffco might be forging its own path. 

    County Commissioner Don Rosier spoke out at the last commissioners’ meeting of 2012 about what he sees as the conundrum of Amendment 64, saying that if the county accedes to provisions of the law, it might be in conflict with his oath of office. 

    Rosier said that when a county commissioner takes the oath of office, he swears to uphold the constitutions of Colorado and the United States.

  • Former commissioner Odom failed to attend meetings after losing seat

    During the county commissioners’ recent vote to approve Jeffco’s 2013 budget, which included a $688,000 cut to three social-services nonprofits, there was a noticeable — and repeat — absence. 

    The budget was approved on a 2-0 vote, with County Commissioner John Odom not in attendance. Commissioners Don Rosier and Faye Griffin voted in favor. 

  • County budget cuts force clients of SRC’s Southwest Center to leave friends behind

    The garden-level room at Hope Crossing Church on South Wadsworth Boulevard has become a home away from home for clients of the Seniors’ Resource Center’s Southwest Adult Day Center.

    But on Friday, the center will be forced to close after $400,000 was cut from the SRCs’ 2013 budget by the Jefferson County commissioners. The Southwest Center’s eight staff members are being laid off.

  • Carbon monoxide buildup sends nine occupants of South Jeffco home to hospital

    A carbon monoxide leak at a home in Governor’s Ranch sent nine people to the hospital on New Year’s Day.
    West Metro Fire Rescue said a call was received from the house near Bowles and Kipling about 11 a.m. Tuesday saying that all the occupants, five adults and four children, felt ill.
    Both the caller and dispatch suspected a carbon-monoxide buildup in the home, said West Metro Division Chief Gary Armstrong.
    The house didn’t have a CO alarm inside.