Local News

  • Everett hitting the ground running in his first session

    The start of the 2013 Colorado legislative session two weeks ago was marked by several firsts, including more new lawmakers than ever before.

    Among the 31 newcomers at the Capitol is state Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, from House District 22. Everett defeated Democratic opponent Mary Parker by almost 10 percentage points in the newly redrawn district.

    Everett said that, since winning election in November, it has been a crash course in both legislative procedures and researching all the issues that will come through his committees.

  • Correction

    A report in Sheriff’s Calls in the Jan. 16 edition incorrectly said two girls had been in trouble with their parents for drinking alcohol. The deputy’s report referred only to one of the girls in relation to drinking, and no other negative behaviors were named.

  • Coogan to retire as Littleton's police chief

    The first female police chief in Littleton’s history, Heather Coogan, is set to retire on April 1 after five years in the position.
    Coogan is taking advantage of the Littleton Police Department’s offer of early retirement to officers between the ages of 57 and 65. The city has offered several incentives for early retirement, including paying for health and dental insurance premiums for the officers.

  • School board member Noonan arrested on outstanding warrant for traffic ticket

    Jeffco school board member Paula Noonan was arrested during a traffic stop Jan. 8 when Denver police officers became aware of an outstanding warrant from a 2011 traffic ticket.

    Noonan wrote in a letter to the editor of the Courier that in 2011 she was ticketed for not having proof of insurance when she was pulled over. Noonan was given a court date, which she said she missed.

    Noonan apologized publicly at the school board’s meeting Thursday evening.

  • Foothills Rec still offering free classes

    Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are times for celebration, family and food. A lot of food.

    All those gastronomic good times can knock any workout plan off track and wreak havoc on any waistline. Which is why so many new year’s resolutions contain the word “exercise.”

  • DA warns of sexual comments posted on photo-sharing site

    The Jeffco district attorney’s office is warning parents and children to be cautious when using social media sites like Instagram.

    The DA’s Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations Unit has received complaints from parents and children about strangers leaving sexually explicit comments directed at children on the site.

    Sites like Instagram allow users to alter and share pictures they’ve taken. Users can see other people’s photos and leave comments.
    But they can also see personal information, depending on what

  • Morrison synagogue vandalized again

    A synagogue in Morrison has been the site of several acts of vandalism over the past year, the most recent involving Nazi symbols.

    On Jan. 4 two backward swastikas were found painted on both sides of the sign for the B'Nai Chaim Temple at 4716 S. Coors St. It was not the first act of vandalism at the Reform Jewish Congregation’s temple that involved a swastika, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

  • Jeffco swears in newly elected officials

    Jeffco started the new year with a little pomp and circumstance — and a lot of proud family members — when the county swore in its newly elected governmental officials on Jan. 8.

    The hearing room in the Jeffco government center was packed with relatives of the new officials waiting to see their loved ones take the oath of office, some for the first time. During the swearing in of District Attorney Peter Weir, his daughter stood by him, right hand raised, reciting the oath with her father.


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  • Cold enough for fish sticks

    Recent below-zero temperatures firmed up the ice on Chatfield Reservoir, making for perfect ice-fishing conditions. In the photo, Robert O’Brian, right, drills a hole in the ice Jan. 13 while Bret Schlender, left, and Malcolm Portlock get their hooks ready.