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Today's News

  • Good seeds & good deeds: Day of Service for community garden sprouts connection, sustainability and education

    By Tayler Shaw
    For the Courier

    Crouched on the ground with a small rake in hand, Anca Popa raked away weeds surrounding the sprouting fruit tree on Saturday during Kendallvue Elementary’s Day of Service at the Feeding Many community garden and orchard adjacent to the school. It was not long before Popa was joined by a woman eager to help, saying the best part is making friends and working together.

  • Stapleton picks Sias as running mate on GOP ticket

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton has tapped state Rep. Lang Sias, R-Arvada, as his lieutenant governor running mate.

    Sias, 59, a former U.S. Navy pilot and TOPGUN instructor, is a moderate Republican who has represented House District 27 in Arvada and Wheat Ridge since 2015 after a vacancy committee appointed him to replace Libby Szabo after she resigned to fill a then-empty seat on the Jeffco board of commissioners.

  • JCSO sends out reminder after rash of break-ins

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is reminding people to lock their car doors after a rash of car break-ins in South Jeffco.

    From July 6-11, approximately 35 unlocked vehicles were broken into in various neighborhoods and apartment complexes across the area.

    “They have been stealing from unlocked cars because they’re easy targets,” the Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook.

  • Sheriff's Office nabs suspect in cocaine bust

    Increased security in the parking lot of Walgreens on West Belleview Avenue in South Jeffco in March reaped rewards for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    “There had been a robbery there two weeks prior, so we were keeping an eye on that business,” said Mark Techmeyer, spokesman with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

  • JCSO seeks help with homicide investigation

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help with a homicide investigation after finding a Lakewood man dead in the trunk of his car on June 28.

    Dean Clark Wallis, 51, was discovered in the trunk of a white Ford Focus parked at 3505 South Nelson Circle near the intersection of U.S. 285 and Kipling Street in Lakewood. According to Jeffco Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer, the car was parked across the street from the Whisper Creek Apartments along a road where cars frequently park.

  • A tradition for many: 24th annual Colorado Irish Festival takes over Clement Park

    A chilly air blanketed Clement Park on Sunday morning, offering a welcome relief from the warm, sunny days prior and a cloudy sendoff to the annual Colorado Irish Festival.

    As the multi-day event neared a close, many agreed the festival — held July 13-15 — is an important tradition for the area’s Irish community. Indeed, rekindling friendships is the reason many attend the festival, and it’s certainly a weekend favorite for Bill Fetherston of Louisville.

  • The land of Legos: Bricks & Minifigs caters to young and old alike

    Lego enthusiasts are sure to love a new store in Littleton dedicated solely to the colorful bricks, mini-figurines and themed Lego sets.

    Bricks & Minifigs, which opened in December in Bowles Marketplace, is the largest toy store of its kind, according to the franchise’s website. And it’s one that Tom and Lindsey Hayden thought could contribute to the South Jeffco business community. This particular location was the first Bricks & Minifigs in the state. A second shop opened in Loveland in May.

  • A cut above the rest: After years of military service, Navy veteran turns to woodworking

    Wood shavings fly through the air at Ben Blakeley’s woodworking shop, illuminated by the glowing beams of evening sun that peep through the open door.

    “Speed is your friend,” Blakeley said, while shavings from his nearly finished wine stopper fell from his whirling lathe and piled on the floor.

    At least three days a week, the Littleton woodworker visits his spot at the Chatfield Mini-Shops. Often, there are tunes playing; and sometimes, he’s joined by his 4-year-old son, Tobin, for whom his newly opened shop was named.

  • Red Rocks wedding chapel rezoned for running store

    Goodbye, weddings; hello, running.

    The Chapel at Red Rocks was sold in April, and it’s on its way to becoming a specialty running store after the Morrison Town Board approved rezoning the property from agricultural to planned development in its July 3 meeting.

    Avid runners Ken Pliska and Deb Spence purchased the spot with plans to turn the existing space into a specialty running store, much like Runners High, the store they already own in Golden.

  • Proposed Jeffco arts school postponed until 2019-20

    A controversial proposal by Jeffco Public Schools to launch a dedicated arts school was officially tabled last month in favor of improving district support of arts education in Jeffco, as well as expanding arts-related opportunities for both teachers and students over the next three years.