Local News

  • Attendees at forum divided on Chatfield Reservoir expansion

    About 135 people signed in June 26 at Dakota Ridge High School for the second of three public meetings on the proposed expansion of Chatfield Reservoir in south Jefferson County.


    Seated on metal chairs in the gymnasium from 7 to 9 p.m., the crowd of mostly community residents and nature lovers listened to some 40 people speak, many up to the limit of three minutes each.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A real I-don’t-know-it-all

  • Smoking banned in Jeffco Open Space parks

    Smoking is banned in all Jefferson County Open Space parks until further notice due to extreme fire danger. That includes the grounds of Lookout Mountain Nature Center and the Hiwan Homestead Museum. 

    The smoking ban is in addition to the sheriff's bans on open fires, fireworks use, possession, displays and sales of fireworks. Littleton, Foothills Park and Rec and Bandimere Speedway have canceled their fireworks displays this year.

  • Commissioners get tough on fireworks sales

    The sale of fireworks from temporary fireworks stands was banned countywide last week under a new ordinance passed June 26.

    In an effort to head off a situation in which fireworks sellers would be allowed to keep selling their products from tents amid extreme fire danger and despite the statewide ban on using personal fireworks, the county commissioners took action at their regular weekly meeting.

  • Littleton/Englewood Fourth fireworks canceled

    The Littleton/Englewood Fourth of July Family Festival and fireworks at Cornerstone, Belleview and Progress parks has been canceled, on the orders of Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson, June 28. The Sheriff has banned all public or commercial fireworks displays in the county in connection with the open burning ban. A zero tolerance policy toward fireworks of any kind will be in effect. The ban is in force due to the extreme fire danger and forecast of extended dry and hot weather.

  • Sides draw battle lines over proposed tax hike for schools

    The pro and con contingents are drawing up battles lines over the proposed property-tax increase for Jeffco schools on the November ballot. 

    Opponents say the tax increase would not fully address the district’s budget issues or guarantee improved student performance, and that the district can find other places to cut the budget. Proponents counter that the increase would help a district ravaged by budget cuts over the past several years and help keep residential property values in the county high by maintaining quality schools.

  • Everett prevails in GOP primary in House District 22

    Community activist Justin Everett handily defeated opponent Loren Bauman on Tuesday in the Republican primary in state House District 22 in South Jeffco.

    Everett captured 3,632 votes, or 65 percent, compared to 1,970, or 35 percent, for Bauman, based on unofficial results compiled by the Jefferson County clerk and recorder.

    Meanwhile, in the GOP primary in the 1st Congressional District, Danny Stroud beat Richard Murphy 11,781, or 65 percent, to 6,353, or 35 percent. 

  • Jeffco sheriff bans sale, possession of fireworks

    The Jeffco sheriff has banned the sale, use or possession of fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county, including on federal lands.

    The Sheriff's Office issued the ban Tuesday after the county commissioners earlier in the day voted unanimously to give the sheriff authority to ban firework sales under terms of a new ordinance.

    Violators will be subject to a $600 fine. Before the ordinance was passed, the sheriff had the authority only to ban use of fireworks, but sales were still allowed.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Shattered dreams

  • Mega-chain thinking small

    A new, smaller Walmart will open for business Friday, June 29, in the refurbished former Albertsons and SmartCo shopping space at West Bowles Avenue and South Lowell Boulevard in the Columbine Valley Shopping Center. The space has been vacant for a couple of years.

    SmartCo opened one of five grocery/farmers market hybrids in the building in August 2010 but closed all its stores in the chain about four months later.