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Today's News

  • Suspect identified in standoff that spurred evacuation of South Jeffco neighborhood

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office took a man into custody Wednesday evening after a neighborhood was evacuated following reports of a gas leak and that a despondent resident was making threats against himself and others.

  • Young performers hold coming-out party

    For some young performers, that first opportunity to entertain an audience is all it takes to turn stage fright into stage presence. 

    “I’ll be honest: I really, absolutely hated performing for people. I despised it,” says 11-year-old Brooklyn Webb. 

    But Brooklyn’s high anxiety turned to polished poise when she took the stage for the first time last year in Lakewood High School’s performance of “Les Misérables.”

  • School district’s negotiations with teachers will be open to public

    In a break with longtime practice, contract negotiations between the Jeffco school board and the district’s teachers union will be open to the public this year.

    “We are all about transparency and accountability for all aspects of our district,” said Ami Prichard, president of the Jefferson County Education Association, the teachers union. “We think it will be interesting for the public to see.”

  • Jeffco Public Health consolidating facilities

    Jeffco Public Health is consolidating its Golden and Lakewood offices into a new location at 645 Parfet St. in Lakewood. The facility is on the north side of West Sixth Avenue. 

    It’s the first time in 23 years that Public Health has had the majority of its services under one roof, said spokeswoman Nancy Braden.

    “The building will offer a lot better collaboration,” she said.

  • Board president discusses school choice

    In an appearance in Evergreen on Jan. 27, Jeffco school board President Ken Witt said each of his four children had different experiences going through public schools.

    “One loved school for school and excelled no matter what the environment or teacher was like,” Witt said. “Another really struggled and found it a challenge to focus in a classroom setting. I put value on the breadth of choice for educating children.”

  • Economic development group has new plan to get help from county

    The Jeffco Economic Development Corp. has received positive feedback on a proposal to partner with the county on an initiative to identify real estate available for economic development.

    The EDC is seeking a shared-services agreement to identify those properties and work to turn them into potential sites for business expansion. 

  • Jefferson County considers establishing public outdoor shooting range

    Jeffco might be setting its sights on establishing an outdoor shooting range open to the public.

    The county’s Parks and Open Space Department is putting together a working group to decide if a county-owned range is feasible. The group is expected to start work in March and report to the county commissioners by July.  

  • West Bowles bike lanes put on hold

    Bike lanes won’t be showing up on West Bowles Avenue anytime soon. 

    Jeffco has tabled a proposal to paint on-street bicycle lanes on Bowles from C-470 to east of South Pierce Street. While the plan is feasible, public sentiment was mixed on the project, said Jeffco Transportation and Engineering Director Kevin French. 

    Bowles had been identified in the county’s 2012 bicycle-pedestrian plan as a potential east-west corridor for two-wheeled vehicles. 

  • Foreclosures continue to decline in Jeffco

    Jeffco’s housing market continued its upward trend in 2013, as the county saw the largest year-to-year drop in foreclosures. 

    The county had 1,303 foreclosures start in 2013, a 51 percent drop from the 2,650 foreclosures started in 2012. Jeffco’s 2013 foreclosure numbers were down by 2,724 since the height of the foreclosure crisis in 2009.

    Jeffco Public Trustee Margaret Chapman said during a Jan. 28 briefing that while deferment programs across the country have been widely touted, they’ve had a limited impact in Jeffco. 

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Chatfield tops Lakewood, increases lead in 5A Jeffco

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield Chargers won their third straight game with a 74-63 road win at Lakewood High School on Jan. 29.
    Chatfield (13-3, 8-1 5A Jeffco League) trailed 38-36 at halftime before pulling away in the second half, outscoring the host Tigers 38-25.
    With the victory, Chatfield holds a two-game lead in the loss column in the league standings over Ralston Valley, Arvada West and Dakota Ridge.
    Chatfield plays host to Bear Creek on Feb. 5.