Local News

  • 24-year sentenced handed out in sex-abuse case

    A Jefferson County judge on March 9 sentenced James Craig Bird to 24 years to life in prison, the maximum possible sentence, in connection with the sexual abuse of several children over a period of years.
    Bird, 65, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to a single count of sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust in a pattern of abuse. He had been charged with manipulating and assaulting several children to whom he served as a father figure.

  • Electrical fire guts South Jeffco home

    A massive electrical fire March 5, apparently caused by high winds, burned a home at 8327 S. Carr St. in South Jeffco.
    No one was injured in the blaze, which consumed the two-story house. The home was considered a total loss, with about $300,000 in damage.
    The homeowner was vacuuming in the early afternoon, when she smelled smoke. The woman immediately exited the house and called 911. An off-duty West Metro firefighter who lives less than a block away quickly responded, preparing a hydrant for the fire crew before they arrived.

  • Motorist killed after walking into traffic on C-470

    A 37-year-old Lakewood man was killed March 7 after he stopped his car in the middle of C-470 and walked into traffic.

  • Jeffco seeking applicants for boards and commissions

    The Jefferson County commissioners are seeking applicants to fill vacancies on numerous commissions and boards, many of which have vacancies or have seats up for appointment in late March.

    Among the entities with vacancies are the audit committee, library board, CSU Extension Advisory Board and Tri-County Workforce Investment Board. The audit committee, which was disbanded by the commissioners last year, has been reincarnated with an official charter, a detail the commissioners said the previous committee lacked.

  • Flying high: Special-needs kids revel in camaraderie, competition at basketball tourney

    Chatfield player Dylan Cuellar spiked his hair and carefully applied dozens of temporary tattoos down the length of his arms and around his neck in preparation for the annual Unified Basketball March Madness tournament.

    The get-up, an obvious tribute to his hero, the colorful Nuggets star Chris “Birdman” Andersen, was one he wore with pride.

  • Jeffco schools win four-year grant to improve literacy

    A $485,000 four-year grant designed to improve childhood literacy will fund a new summer reading program at four of the county’s most poverty-stricken elementary schools.

    Mile High United Way awarded the matching-fund grant last week to the Jefferson Foundation, an independent nonprofit that supports Jeffco Public Schools. Along with a $121,000 first-year contribution from the Salazar Family Foundation and upcoming fund-raising efforts, the amount will total $970,000, which will used to cover teacher pay and other expenses for the eight-week program.

  • Tiered fee structure eyed for Outdoor Labs

    The Jeffco school board is considering a plan to subsidize fees for the beloved sixth-grade Outdoor Lab program that would charge less for schools with more students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches.

    Though the district has always provided funding for the program, it has not always charged schools according to income levels, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said.

    The plan would also reduce the amount of funding the school district contributes each year to the program, with the Outdoor Lab Foundation seeking more private donations to offset costs.

  • City attorney makes a case for embracing challenges

    Acting City Attorney Kirsten Crawford stepped into the position at a particularly tumultuous time for Littleton — the city’s police department was in the midst of a well-publicized wiretapping scandal, and Crawford’s former boss, then-city attorney Suzanne Staiert, had been fired by the City Council.

  • Planning commission OKs Foothills parcels for rezoning

    Two Foothills Park & Recreation District land parcels under contract for sale are eligible to be rezoned, the Jeffco planning commission unanimously recommended on Feb. 29, moving the areas one step closer to retail development.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Telltale tracks trace trespasser’s trip