Local News

  • Photo of Black Panthers on Jeffco GOP website draws criticism

     A photo of two members of the New Black Panther Party with clenched fists and berets appeared briefly Wednesday on the Jefferson County Republican Party website, JeffcoRepublicans.com, prompting charges of racism. The image was removed Wednesday night. 

    The photo accompanied a recruitment ad for volunteer pollwatchers that said, “Pollwatchers Needed. Because these guys will be there too!”

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  • Jeffco Library temporarily vacating substandard building

    About 16 employees of the Jefferson County Public Library will be temporarily relocated to the south building of the Library Services Center in Wheat Ridge because the north building has been deemed below standard.

    The north building will remain empty for about six months or until the problem is fixed, said Ann Cress, deputy executive director, at a regular meeting of the board of trustees Sept. 20 at the Lakewood Public Library. The buildings share a wall.

  • Extreme makeover on Main Street

    A new owner has purchased two historic vacant buildings last used as an auto-body shop at the west end of Main Street in Littleton, and a local builder is gutting and rehabilitating them to possibly give them new life as trendy restaurants or shops.

    The renovator has removed three layers of paint on one building and chipped away stucco on the other in the effort to restore the façade to its original glory. Workers also peeled away all of the interior drywall to expose the original brick.

  • Briefs: Car break-ins mounting in South Jeffco

    South Jeffco experienced 64 car break-ins in the first two weeks of September, a 50 percent increase compared to September a year ago, according to a news release from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. 

    All the incidents were committed at night and involved unlocked vehicles with no signs of forced entry. Most were in clusters, with 40 between Sept. 13 and 16.  The suspect or suspects are apparently walking the streets and trying doors to find ones that are unlocked.

  • Romney pledges to take America on different course

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came to D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School in Jefferson County on Sunday evening to promote a plan that he says will help create millions of jobs and get the economy back on track.

    Before a crowd of about 7,500 people, Romney touted his credentials as a businessman who understands that entrepreneurship is fundamental to America’s economic success.

  • West Metro Drug Task Force arrests 4 in heroin bust

    The West Metro Drug Task Force last week arrested four people suspected of selling heroin, specifically in Jefferson County and throughout the metro area, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reported.

    Detectives believe the group was distributing about a half pound of heroin on a weekly basis to about 100 customers, primarily young people in their late teens to mid-20s in Jefferson County, including Lakewood and Arvada.

  • Economy on Jeffco candidates' agendas

    The economy and the climate for Jeffco businesses were discussed by 11 political hopefuls from across the county last Friday morning at a candidates forum sponsored by the Jefferson County Economic Development Corp.

    The forum, at the Holiday Inn at Wadsworth Boulevard and U.S. 285, was attended by about 50 people.

    As might be expected, the discussion focused largely on what the candidates have accomplished in the business world and how much they are committed to improving conditions in the business sector.

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  • Health officials recommending pertussis vaccinations

    Jefferson County Public Health is recommending whooping cough vaccinations and booster shots for all children and adults, especially child-care workers and anyone who interacts with infants.

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 715 cases of whooping cough — also known has pertussis — between Jan. 1 and Aug. 11, and has called the illness an epidemic, said Nancy Braden, spokeswoman for Jeffco Public Health.