Local News

  • Motor vehicle deaths decrease in Jefferson County

    The Jefferson County coroner’s office investigated 1,043 of the 3,673 deaths reported in the county in 2010, numbers on par with previous years.

    Though the number of accidental deaths, homicides and natural deaths fluctuated little among recent records, the number of motor vehicle deaths — 40 — is low by historical figures. But among accidental deaths, the coroner’s office has noticed increased abuse of prescription drugs leading to lethal overdoses. Additionally, the number of suicides rose slightly from prior years.

  • Lockheed Martin unveils Orion, giant simulator

    Lockheed Martin has unveiled its new Space Operations Simulation Center and the first Orion spacecraft, and both projects are slated to help America reach for the stars — or at least a few nearby moons.

    On Monday at the company’s Waterton Canyon facility, members of the media toured the cavernous simulator and got a close-up look at the first Orion spacecraft.

    The Orion project is on schedule, according to John Karas, vice president for human space flight at Lockheed.

    “Orion is preparing to fly,” Karas said.

  • A new look for South Jeffco?

    Future redevelopment of aging South Jeffco commercial space is likely to shift away from sprawl, melding condos with coffee shops and apartments with art galleries, a new draft of the community plan indicates.

  • Fire ban in effect in Jefferson County

    A fire ban affecting all lands in unincorporated Jefferson County took effect at 5 p.m. Monday due to the three wildfires that were burning near Golden, Soda Creek and Pine Junction.
    The Indian Gulch fire broke out Sunday. The Soda Creek and Pine Junction fires were extinguished Monday. The fire ban remains in effect until rescinded.
    On Tuesday, Jeffco officials issued a disaster/emergency declaration due to the need for outside resources and the high fire danger.

  • Star power: Astronomy class conjures Harry Potter characters to create memorable lesson

    Dusk at Hildebrand Ranch Park brought out fans of Harry Potter dressed in cloaks and coats, and with movie melodies playing in the background, kids and adults alike learned on Saturday night how some of J.K. Rowling’s characters got their names.

  • Principal: Students lose if outdoor labs close

    When David Epp looks around the campus at Mount Evans Outdoor Lab School, he sees a chance for students to learn without limits.

    “Many times kids have thanked me, genuinely and deeply, (because) they have had the best week of their lives,” Epp said. “I can’t imagine taking it away from the kids.”

    Epp is close to completing his first year as principal at the school, even as news came from the district on March 11 that both the Mount Evans and Windy Peak lab schools might be closed.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A variation on the sport of fencing

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A local man determined to sneak away from the scene of an accident unnoticed had a major hole in his plan — after crashing into a fence, a section of it attached itself to his car, serving as a fairly obvious pull-me-over-and-check-my-blood-alcohol sign to law enforcement.

  • My Student My Hero

    Dakota Ridge High School senior Andrea Acker has faced more adversity in her teenage years than some people experience in their entire lives.

    After her mother died four years ago, the freshman, whose father is not actively involved in her life, was effectively left without parents, forcing swift maturity on a young woman whose peers were still in the blithe cocoon of adolescence.

  • Harriman Lake Park to close for dam work

    Harriman Lake Park will be closed for six months beginning as early as July, as Denver Water engineers reconstruct the lake’s 138-year-old dam.

    An exact date for the project has not been set, and waiting to obtain the necessary permits from the Army Corps of Engineers could put construction on hold for as long as a year.

    Denver Water, which announced the project last week, cites a need to make the earthen dam more structurally sound, a project that would also increase the lake’s storage capacity.

  • Foothills’ gun-safety class misfires

    Negotiations to offer a National Rifle Association course through the Foothills Park & Recreation District catalog fell through last week, when the owner of the participating gun-safety program rejected the district’s proposed contract.

    Under strict conditions outlined by Foothills, the course could not have been held in any of the district’s facilities, and no ammunition or real firearms would have been allowed in the class.