Local News

  • Fire damages Marina Pointe apartments

    An apartment fire at the Cay at Marina Pointe development damaged three units Wednesday afternoon and injured one resident.

    Residents smelled smoke about 1:35 p.m. and dialed 911. Two men living in adjacent buildings began knocking on doors and evacuating other residents after discovering the blaze.

  • Couple search for cat that fled house fire

    A strong wind gust was all it took to destroy almost everything Cherrie and Dan Denbeste had.

    Following a week filled with gale-force winds, a 35-mph gust jostled a thick electrical wire above the Denbestes’ deck on March 5, just enough to spark and ignite a fire that incinerated the South Jeffco couple’s home of 27 years on South Carr Street.

    No people were hurt in the blaze — the couple’s adult daughter was home vacuuming when she smelled smoke and escaped through the front door.

  • Nita the goose has met Harry and Sally

    Nita the goose is lonely no more.

    The 7-year-old goose, who lost her mate two months ago has found two new friends, a mated pair named Harry and Sally.

    Harry and Sally also are white Chinese geese like Nita, and they came to Nita’s owners, Marie and George McLaughlin of Morrison, through a High Timber Times subscriber.

    “She didn’t want her name used in the paper,” Marie said. The woman had rescued the two geese but she already had chickens, so she didn’t especially want the geese.

  • Of the teens and by the teens

    The Jeffco Public Library is relying on a logical approach to help young people stay engaged with books and other library offerings: Teens trust teens.

    The portion of the library’s website that features teen-targeted and teen-authored blogs experienced a 50 percent increase in traffic from 2010 to the end of 2011, teen services librarians say.

  • Littleton may ease penalty for late sewer payments

    Residents would be granted a five-day grace period for late sewer and storm-drain payments under a measure the Littleton City Council is considering.

    Late fees would also be reduced from 25 percent to 15 percent, or by about $23 for Littleton residents outside of sanitation districts, a change driven by customer complaints about unusually high fees and an unforgiving deadline.

  • Two candidates vying for Foothills board seat

    Two candidates are vying for the Foothills Park & Recreation District board of directors seat in Ward 5, although no candidates came forward for an open seat in Ward 2, including incumbent Jill Nunes.

    Incumbent Keith Sutton was the only candidate to register in Ward 1 for the May 8 election, ensuring he will retain his seat. In Ward 5, incumbent Terri Maulik will run against former Jefferson County Public Library trustee Clarence Kissler.

  • A local brew

    A new independent coffee shop in South Jeffco has brewed up a mélange of local flavor, and the owners hope the shop's neighborhood feel draws area coffee — and pastry — lovers.

    Tammy Teixeira and her husband, Rick, owners of Foothills Coffee, entered the restaurant business when they took over Chatfield Sports Bar in October 2010 at South Simms Street and West Brandt Avenue. They remodeled the bar, installed a dance floor and began hosting trivia nights.

  • Democrats rally their base at caucuses

    Democrats didn’t have a presidential-candidate straw poll to spark mass interest in their March 6 caucuses, but that didn’t deter South Jeffco residents from coming out to voice support for President Obama and local party candidates.

    Dozens filled the Chatfield High School auditorium, where candidates and campaign representatives spoke to rally support before the group split into precincts to select delegates for the upcoming assemblies and conventions.

  • Young ‘jewels’ shine in life

    When Dakota Ridge senior Melba Njenga moved from Nairobi to the United States at age 12, she felt years older than her new peers.

    Having been raised in a culture that demanded school performance under the threat of physical punishment, she had trouble identifying with students who might invest more time in Xbox than plotting x-y intercepts. School was easier here, and not surprisingly the expatriate Kenyan was at least a full year ahead of other students her age.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    English standards in decline