Local News

  • Waterton Canyon is reopened to public

    Waterton Canyon reopened to the public March 1 after a year-and-a-half-long closure to siphon massive amounts of sediment from Strontia Springs Reservoir.

    However, the wide canyon trail, popular with cyclists and hikers during warm weather, will be closed in the spring for about three weeks as crews disassemble and remove the 75-ton dredge from the reservoir, which sits at the top of the canyon trail. The closure date has yet to be determined, as removal of the heavy machinery is dependent on the reservoir’s ice melting.

  • Three board seats up for election at West Metro Fire

    Three of the seven West Metro Fire Rescue board of director seats are up for election in May, and as of last week the district had received only a handful of self-nominations.

    Board president and District 4 director Pam Feely is running again for her seat, though incumbent Ted Waller is ineligible to run, as he no longer resides in District 7 following a redrawing of district boundaries that pushed Waller out by several blocks.

  • Heritage High swimmer to compete at Olympic trials

    Heritage High School swimmer Shelly Patton will graduate in May, compete in the Olympic Trials in Omaha in June, and head off for a swimming career at Division I Northwestern University in Chicago in the fall.

    Patton swims for Shawn Smith on the University of Denver Hilltoppers (TOPS), a year-round competitive swim team. Patton, who has risen in prominence in Littleton and the Denver area swimming world over the past few years, says her work with Smith and “the environment of TOPS” groomed her for success and for college recruitment.

  • Kids using smart-phone apps to send naked photos

    Jeffco authorities have investigated six incidents in the past two weeks of preteens sending naked photos via smart-phone applications in lieu of traditional text-messaging, a means of cloaking the practice from suspicious parents, the district attorney’s office reports.

  • Business rubs pets the right way

    South Jeffco resident Dawn Olson has been shaving Shih Tzus and training terriers for the better part of two decades, cultivating her love of four-legged furballs into a thriving local business.

    Since starting a pet-sitting business in 1995, Olson, an Alaska native who relocated to Colorado in the late ’80s, has moved onto grooming and training. She purchased the local Laund-Ur-Mutt franchise seven years ago.

  • Water recycling system produces savings at local car wash

    Jazz Car Wash & Detailing’s new water reclamation system has reduced the company’s fresh-water waste by 50 gallons per car, the owners say.

    Keith Taylor and his wife, Lisa, who own the carwash on Santa Fe Drive, installed the water reclamation system on Jan. 29.The annual projected savings is more than 1.4 million gallons of water.

    The Taylors bought the business in 2007 when it was known as Scrubbs.

  • BMX racing track to be built on Foothills land

    A new world-class BMX racing track that supporters say is a shoo-in to secure a national championship event will be built by midsummer at the Foothills Park & Recreation District’s Schaefer Athletic Complex.

    The dirt track, a one-way, 1,100-foot-long “W” with large bumps and sharp, banked turns, will be the only one of its kind in the metro area, one certain to attract large bicycle-racing events that could fill hotels and boost the local economy, the Mile High BMX group says.

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  • Mother of teen held in hammer attack says girl was bullied

    The Columbine High School student accused of striking two fellow students Feb. 13 with a hammer has been bullied for years and had warned a faculty member of her intentions on the morning of the incident, the girl’s mother told the Courier.

  • Investigation of Internet harassment apparently fell through cracks at Sheriff’s Office

    A harassment complaint related to a 13-year-old girl’s personal information being posted to a pornographic website last year was never pursued, inadvertently leaving the case open and uninvestigated since July.

    The open sheriff’s report was brought to the Courier’s attention by the girl’s mother, after her daughter was charged in connection with a Feb. 13 altercation at Columbine High School involving a hammer.