Local News

  • When lightning strikes twice

    Lightning does strike twice: Just ask the South Jeffco man and his 9-months’-pregnant wife who had two lightning-related experiences in one week and survived with no physical scars to show for it.

    On July 24 a lightning strike took out a branch of a huge dead tree in the couple’s backyard about 9 p.m. while they were in the house. The next week, a bolt nearly blew them off the path around a lake where they were taking a stroll.

  • Library copes with lower revenue in 2013

    The Jeffco Public Library board on Aug. 2 approved a preliminary $26 million bare-bones budget for 2013 that includes no layoffs or closings and anticipates transferring about $1.4 million from the reserve fund to pay for operating expenses. At the end of the year, the projected fund balance would stand at about $8 million.

  • Developers’ request for park-fee relief denied

     While agreeing that the subject of park-and-rec development fees needs to be addressed, the county commissioners on July 31 rejected a developer's plea to reduce the fee for the 250-unit Kipling Commons apartment complex on 9 acres at West Quincy Avenue and South Kipling Parkway.

    The developer proposed to pay $2,600 per unit, while the county maintained the fee would be closer to $4,600 per unit, with zero property set aside for parks.

  • Rezoning for dog day-care center approved

    A former day-care center for children at Ken Caryl Avenue and South Carr Street could become a day-care center for dogs after rezoning, with restrictions, was approved July 31 by the county commissioners on a 2-1 vote.

    Commissioners Don Rosier and John Odom voted to approve the building's possible use as a dog day-care center. Commissioner Faye Griffin voted no.

  • Auditor’s report confirms accuracy of county's financial statement

    Outside financial examiners hired to perform a comprehensive audit report concluded that Jefferson County’s financial statements are free of material misstatements.

    Audit partner Kim Huggins of CPA firm EideBailly of Golden presented results of the 235-page study on July 31 at a regular monthly briefing session with the county commissioners. The study is available online at http://jeffco.us/acct/acct_T135_R4.htm.

  • Romney rips Obama economic record in Jeffco visit

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came to the Jeffco Fairgrounds on Thursday and promoted his job-creating and deficit-cutting policies, while blasting President Barack Obama’s inability to turn around the economy.

    “He had a lot of people excited. But look at the results. It’s been a disappointment. His policies have not worked,” Romney said.

  • C-470 crash kills Littleton woman

    A 58-year-old Littleton woman died after a single-car crash just before 8 p.m. July 31 in Lone Tree.

    Theresa Orton died at the scene after the Honda Civic she was driving drifted into the median from the westbound lanes of C-470 near South Quebec Street, according to Colorado State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mike Baker.

    Orton's vehicle hit a guardrail head-on. The car then swerved across all the lanes three times before coming to a stop, blocking the right lane and the westbound shoulder.

  • The school-tax question: spending vs. enrollment

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property tax increase.

    Opponents of a proposed tax increase for Jeffco schools say the district’s spending history belies its claims of austerity in recent years.

  • Developer seeks waiver of park and rec fee

    The county commissioners on July 17 postponed a decision on whether the developers of a proposed 250-unit apartment complex known as Kipling Commons should be given a 57 percent break on the park and recreation fee.

    Any reduction in the fee would affect the operations of the Foothills Park & Recreation District. The developer argued that the county's requirements are too burdensome when applied to multi-family developments.


    Burdon cancels appearance at music fest

    The second annual Rocky Mountain Music Festival on Aug. 12 at Clement Park will feature the Charlie Daniels Band and Eddie Money plus 10 local bands, including Denver's Funkiphino, plus food, art and retail vendors and family activities.

    Previously scheduled Eric Burdon of Eric Burdon and the Animals had to cancel due to health reasons, the promoter said.