Today's News

  • Jail's veterans unit provides inmates with sense of purpose, direction

    The bang of the jail cell door was enough to jolt some of the veterans from a deep sleep and catapult them back to combat.

    “At night, the loud pop of the door opening would scare a lot of us. Or we’d be asleep, and we’d just wake up panicked. It’s kind of stressful,” said Hondo Underwood, a Marine Corps veteran and one of the first inmates to be part of the Jeffco jail’s veterans unit.

  • Deputies’ experience as veterans helps them connect with inmates, each other

    As Deputy Russell Montanio started the session, he reminded the participating inmates that what happens in the group stays in the group.

    While two-thirds of the inmates in the Jeffco jail’s veterans unit went to recreation, about six or seven stayed with Montanio and began their Moral Reconation Therapy session.

    As the men talked, it became evident that, while they were wearing different uniforms now, they wore similar uniforms before — in the United States military.

  • SW Plaza burglary suspect pleads guilty

    One of the men involved in an October smash-and-grab burglary at J.C. Penney Co. in Southwest Plaza pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to two felony charges.

    Lance David Segura, 19, will be sentenced June 25 for his involvement in the break-in, which caused $40,000 worth of building damage. Segura pleaded guilty to one class-4 felony burglary charge and another class-6 felony charge of possession of a weapon by a previous offender. Because Segura was on probation at the time of the offense, he is facing an aggravated sentence, which means five to 12 years in prison.

  • Jeffco Sheriff’s Office’s volunteer reserves lend a helping hand

    If you spot him working security at the Jeffco courthouse, Don Spears looks just like any other Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy.

    And when it comes to training, he pretty much is. But unlike other Jeffco deputies, Spears is not paid to be there. He’s part of the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy program, though, visually, nothing sets him apart other than a small reserve patch on the shoulder of his dark green uniform.

  • New splash park at Clement Park officially opens

    Foothills Park and Recreation District celebrated the grand opening of its new splash park last Thursday, and nothing paints the scene better than the smiles on the faces of those in attendance.

    “We’ll be here this summer. That’s for sure,” said Dominica Lopez of Denver as she watched her 2-year-old daughter, Jaslynn Flores, splash around in the water.

  • Robinson highlights infrastructure, education
  • Beer garden opens a stone’s throw from Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Nestled in a quaint cottage on a shady parcel in Morrison is a new beer garden serving solely Colorado beers.

    Since first opening its doors in April, Red Rocks Beer Garden is working to find its footing in hopes of becoming the go-to place for hikers, visitors, locals, dog lovers and concert-goers alike.

    “We wanted to be a place people would come beforehand,” owner Paul Thompson said of his business’ relationship with the famous concert venue.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire considering property tax increase

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is inching closer to asking its residents for a property tax increase or to de-Gallagher-ize the district in the November election.

    The first option would increase property taxes for Inter-Canyon’s 6,000 residents. The latter would lock the district in at its current residential assessment rate of 7.2 percent and help it avoid the impact of the Gallagher Amendment.

  • Education briefs

    Jeffco schools welcome new administrators for 2018-19

    Eight Southwest Jeffco schools will welcome new principals and/or assistant principals this coming fall.

    New principals:

    • Gene Lewis, Bradford K-8

    Scott Christy, Columbine High School

    •Josh Griffin, D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School

    • Ryan Lucas, Governor’s Ranch Elementary School

    • Barb Boillot (interim), Powderhorn Elementary School

    • Dawn Morgan (interim), Ute Meadows Elementary School

  • News briefs

    West Metro amends 2018 budget

    West Metro Fire Rescue amended its 2018 budget during the board’s May meeting to account for unanticipated funds and to make a correction.