Local News

  • DUI checkpoint in South Jeffco on Saturday

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DUI checkpoint Saturday from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. in South Jeffco.

    The checkpoint will be conducted in conjunction with the Colorado State Patrol, and in association with the Colorado Department of Transportation’s 100 Days of Heat campaign.

  • Governor reappoints Chapman as Jeffco public trustee

    Jefferson County's Margaret Chapman became one of five public trustees reappointed to their jobs as of Aug. 14 after Gov. John Hickenlooper asked all 10 to resign in the wake of a newspaper investigation questioning some of the appointed officials' spending practices.

    While some of the trustees' spending practices were harshly criticized, Chapman was not singled out for any wrongdoing. She also received words of praise and an endorsement from the Jefferson County commissioners, who sent a message to the governor.

  • Planning Commission OKs rezoning for assisted-living complex

    A proposal to rezone a 1-acre lot next to the Gardens at Columbine assisted-living center from agricultural to planned development was approved without public comment at a meeting of the Jeffco Planning Commission on Aug. 22.

    The rezoning was on the consent agenda, meaning no public hearing was called for unless someone who appeared at the hearing wanted to speak; no one did.

  • Cultural Council allocates $885,557 to 82 groups

    The Jefferson County Cultural Council recommended distributing $885,557 in grant money to 82 cultural organizations and projects in the county for 2012.

    The amount is down 11 percent from the $994,073 available from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District for 2012. (The money to be used in 2013 is distributed in 2012.)

    The total amount requested in 2012 was $1.35 million, meaning groups got an average of about 65 percent of what they requested.

  • Fair peddles safety tips

    Lakewood police officer Connie Muller helps Athalie Mickelson, 4, through a bicycle obstacle course during the District Attorney's Community Safety Awareness Day on Saturday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Assault on batteries

  • Dakota Ridge teacher accused of having sex with former student

    A Dakota Ridge High School teacher has been placed on paid leave while Jeffco Public Schools investigates whether any district policies were violated in connection with allegations that the teacher had sex with a former student.

    According to Lakewood police spokesman Ty Countryman, police have determined the male student was 18 years old at the time and that no laws were broken.

  • Fire destroys part of South Jeffco home

    By Alison Mahnken / For the Courier

    A blaze consumed part of a home near U.S. 285 and South Kipling Street on Friday evening. No one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.


    A West Metro Fire medical unit arrived at 3742 S. Lee Court in Lakewood about 6:25 p.m., right after smoke was spotted.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    The oracle speaks

  • Residential use proposed for 2-acre parcel on South Platte Canyon Road

    Community members appeared generally pleased that a property owner wants to rezone a vacant 2-acre property on South Platte Canyon Road for townhomes, condominiums, single-family houses or assisted-living units.

    The land is zoned C-1 commercial but has been on the market for 10 years and has failed to attract interest. It is bordered on the north by DePew Street and on the east by South Platte Canyon Road.

    The area could appeal to people who want to live close to the Columbine Trail, an asphalt bicycle path that borders the property along Platte Canyon Road.