Local News

  • Courier reporters recognized at state press gathering

    Several Columbine Courier reporters were recognized with awards March 1 by the Colorado Press Association during its 130th annual convention at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.

    A quick rundown:

    • Reporter Matt Gunn, who has moved on to the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Journal, was recognized with two first-place awards, for best story-picture combination and best deadline reporting.

  • Jeffco salaries

    Jefferson County Government Press Listing For Year 2007

    County Commissioners

    Administrative Specialist II 1340.00

    Commissioners Exec Secretary 58389.84

    Elected Official 63203.00

  • Missing but not forgotten

    DENVER — A family’s frantic emotions in the face of a missing child were remembered at the state Capitol on Feb. 29, as Allyn Atadero of South Jefferson County continued his push for improvements in search and rescue efforts.

  • Defense attorneys serve up motions in Zamora murder trial

    Two mothers sit in courtroom 4E at the Jefferson County courthouse, and both ponder the lives of their sons.

    They sit on opposite sides of the center aisle, with the one on the left recalling April 3, 2007, when her son’s life was cut short, and the other, on the right, watching her two sons with their hands shackled to their waists, facing murder charges and prison sentences that could mark the end of their lives as they know them.

  • Paschall to face second trial in alleged kickback scheme

    Former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall will face another trial related to charges that he tried to solicit a kickback from a political appointee on his way out of office in 2006.

    Paschall was charged with two felonies — criminal attempted theft and compensation for past official behavior — and was acquitted on the attempted theft charge Feb. 15. The jury deadlocked on the other charge on an 8-4 vote in favor of acquittal, according to one juror, but the Jeffco DA's office says it is confident it will get a conviction in a second trial.

  • Sheriff's Calls: Stop in the name of pot

    Stop in the name of pot

  • DA gets sheriff's report on theft from sports association

    The on-again, off-again saga that is the investigation into the theft of $125,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association has reached another landmark, as the report from the sheriff's investigator handling the case was presented to the Jeffco DA's office late last week.

    Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said the officer completed his investigation and moved it to the DA's office late last week, but she declined to comment further.

    Pam Russell, spokeswoman for Jeffco DA Scott Storey, confirmed that their office had received the report.

  • Sex offenders will pay to register in Jeffco starting March 1

    The nearly 300 active registered sex offenders in Jeffco will soon have to pay to register.

    Starting March 1, the sheriff's office will charge convicted sex offenders $50 to register initially and a $25 re-registration fee, whereas there was no charge for the registration in the past.

    "We don't want to be an unintentional target for sex offenders," sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said, referring to the fact that sex offenders may have looked at Jeffco as a place to live without having to pay fees.

  • A tale of two counties: to bill or not to bill

    Jefferson and El Paso were the only two counties to bill Park County for assistance during a recent spate of snowstorms and high winds that spurred Parkco to declare a disaster, according to a Park County official, but Jeffco’s bill may be a simple misunderstanding.

    Larry Benshoof, director of Jeffco's Road and Bridge Department, said the charges in question were not intended to be billed to Park County; rather, Jeffco officials expected a state emergency management fund would cover the costs.

  • Suspect in South Jeffco murder case pleads guilty

    A suspect in the April 2007 murder of Dylan Newman pleaded guilty on Feb. 14 to second-degree murder, aggravated robbery and a violent crime count.

    Jeffrey S. Depault, 21, faces a mandatory prison sentence of at least 26 years but could be sentenced to as many as 48 years for his role in the April 3, 2007, shooting death of Newman.

    Depault will be sentenced Aug. 22.