Local News

  • White powder discovered in FCI Englewood mailroom

    A hazmat team responded late Monday morning to the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, the prison near Quincy and U.S. 285, when a routine check of inmate mail revealed an envelope containing white powder.

    West Metro Fire Rescue arrived at the prison shortly after 11 a.m. The mailroom area was “promptly contained” after the discovery, the prison stated in a news release.

    A test of the powder indicated the substance was not hazardous, a prison spokesman said.

    The recipient of the mail was not identified.

  • Jeffco enacts fire ban

    Jefferson County enacted a fire ban March 27 in the wake of several forest fires, including the 4,500-acre Lower North Fork Fire south of Conifer.

    The ban, which applies to all unincorporated county land as well as a section of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest off Brook Forest Road, will remain in effect indefinitely.

  • Open Space makes $1.1 million in outdoor grant recommendations

    The Jefferson County Open Space Division has recommended giving $818,000 in 2012 grants to five Jeffco cities, pending approval of the Board of County Commissioners.

    The division also recommended that six nonprofit community groups be awarded $99,400 in Conservation Trust Fund (Colorado Lottery) money in 2012.

    In addition, Open Space staff recommended distributing $241,000 in lottery funds to seven recreation or metro districts, including Evergreen Park and Recreation.

  • Federal appeals court overturns forest recreation fees

    A federal appeals court in California has ruled against the U.S. Forest Service’s practice of charging a parking fee for people who go to an area only to hike or camp and do not use amenities such as picnic tables, trash cans or bathrooms.

  • Neighborhood Bookstore closing

    After 20 years in business, the last four in historic downtown Littleton, the Neighborhood Bookstore is slated to close March 31.

    “We’ve fought the good fight for too long,” says Elizabeth McCormick, who opened the bookstore with a partner in 1992.

    Both avid readers, McCormick and her partner wanted to team up in a business that was stimulating and rewarding.

    “We looked for a business that was ethical, that we believed in, something that was fun,” she said.

  • Students reach goal — and principal tops it

    Students at Powderhorn Elementary School this year took their fund-raising efforts through the roof. And, as a result, their principal and his trusty canine companion had to sleep there.

    Principal Mike Freeman climbed the steep stairs to the school’s roof on March 20, accompanied by only a sleeping bag and Chop the dog. And he was only too happy to make the ascent, after students eclipsed last year’s total in their cookie-dough sale to raise funds for classroom technology.

  • Youths find their way with help from Jeffco's Juvenile Mental Health Court

    Speaking on a church stage backed with a mural of clouds and blue sky, Arapahoe Community College student Jonathan Brott delivered an abridged version of his young life: acting out for the better part of a decade, ditching class, occasionally stealing and finding himself kicked out of his own home.

    Since age 9, Brott let aspects of attention deficit disorder, chronic anger and other conditions dictate his choices, he said.

  • Tanker planes deployed to battle blaze

    The U.S. Forest Service deployed several heavy tanker planes Tuesday, dumping tens of thousands of gallons of liquid retardant on the massive Lower North Fork Fire.

  • County health agency warns of risks from inhaling smoke

    Jefferson County Public Health warned residents late Monday about increased respiratory risks caused by heavy smoke from the Lower North Fork Fire south of Conifer.

    A gigantic plume of smoke filled the foothills and surrounded the metro area beginning Monday afternoon, after the blaze scorched thousands of acres in a matter of hours.

  • Remaining evacuees return to homes as weather deals final blow to deadly Lower North Fork Fire

    With containment of the deadly Lower North Fork Fire at 100 percent and wetter weather answering the prayers of residents and firefighters, the remaining evacuated residents were headed back to their homes — a week after the wildfire brought fear and devastation to a massive area south of Conifer. 


    Kuehster Road, where the most damage was done, was open to residents only on Monday, Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. All pre-evacuation notices also were lifted April 2.