Today's News

  • Jeffco residents urged to maintain septic upkeep

    Jeffco Public Health officials are encouraging mountain area residents with septic systems or onsite wastewater treatment systems to revisit the maintenance of their systems.

    The department is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its annual “SepticSmart Week” Sept. 17 to Sept. 21, wherein the EPA and local health departments provide extra outreach and tips for residents who maintain their own septic systems.

  • Comprehensive plan amendment process underway

    Morrison residents at a Sept. 11 community meeting tended to prefer limiting or altogether restricting growth and development in northwest Morrison.

    In a question about whether northwest Morrison is an appropriate location to accommodate growth, 53 percent said no, while 33 percent said yes, if it’s limited.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire board president resigns

    Inter-Canyon Fire board president Leslie Caimi resigned in August due to a move to Montrose, and resident Mike Swenson was appointed to replace her during the fire protection district’s Sept. 12 meeting.

    Swenson, an Iowa native, now lives in The Homestead in Morrison with his wife, Jan. The couple both graduated from the University of Missouri, where Swenson studied journalism, and lived for many years in Chicago before moving west.

  • Guard pleads guilty to sexual exploitation charges

    The guard accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a minor at Betty Marler Youth Services Center pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.

    Sandy Fisher, 25, faces prison time for the guilty plea to felony charges of sexual exploitation of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child. He returns to court for sentencing on Nov. 27.

  • Summerset Festival returns for 34th annual summer sendoff

    While Summerset Festival may technically serve as a goodbye to summer, it certainly didn’t feel like it last Saturday at Clement Park.

    The sun was bright, and the temperatures were warm as people gathered for the 34th annual event. The festival, hosted by the Foothills Foundation, is a fundraiser for Foothills Park and Recreation District.

    This year, it featured craft beer tasting, live music from Nothing but Nineties and Halleway, kids entertainment, local business and nonprofit booths, food trucks and much more.

  • Crime briefs

    O’Connor jury trial postponed

    The jury trial for the man accused of causing an August 2017 crash that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist has been postponed while the defendant undergoes a “mental condition evaluation,” according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

  • Jeffco eliminating county’s portion of business personal property tax

    Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 on Tuesday to eliminate the county’s portion of the business personal property tax, which taxes businesses for goods and products, including equipment.

    The decision will cut nearly $7 million or 1.3 percent of the county’s budget. Commissioners Libby Szabo and Tina Francone — both of whom are business owners — felt strongly in favor of eliminating the tax, while Commissioner Casey Tighe had concerns.

  • An opportunity to say thanks: Lakewood teen meets with West Metro paramedics who saved her life

    Shannon Knight shouldn’t have been home that day, and she certainly didn’t consider it lucky when she hurt herself at work and was sent home on concussion watch.

    But, in a way, she was. Because of this, she was home on the morning of July 18 when her 17-year-old daughter, Taylor Knight, went into cardiac arrest.

    On Sept. 11 — two months and a lot of recovery later — Taylor, now a Lakewood High School senior, visited West Metro Fire Rescue Station 8 to meet the paramedics who saved her life.

    What happened

  • Man gets prison sentence for 2017 RTD assault

    The man who bit off a piece of an RTD bus driver’s ear outside of Southwest Plaza in early 2017 will spend 20 years in prison.

    Richard Allen Mathis, 40, was sentenced Thursday after he pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree assault on Aug. 18. Jefferson County Judge Diego Hunt called the assault – Mathis’ fourth felony conviction – “savage” during the sentencing hearing.

  • Jeffco searching for man accused in assault at Red Rocks

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man accused of assaulting someone during a Joe Russo’s Almost Dead concert at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre on Aug. 16.

    According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspect punched another male in the face during the band’s set break while the two concert-goers sat on the third row of the venue, close to center stage. The attack, which happened around 9:45 p.m., was reportedly unprovoked and left the victim hospitalized with serious injuries.