Today's News

  • Doggy disguises a good trick, and a real treat

    As the judges compiled their notes, the costumed contestants sniffed out the competition. 

    It was a fierce battle. But when all was said and done, Leo, an 8-month-old puppy in a lion outfit, was obviously the top dog among the dozen or so canines competing for title of cutest. 

    The competition was part of the final event of the UFO World Cup Frisbee Dog Series, held Saturday at Clement Park and hosted by the Colorado Disc Dogs. 

  • Sheriff’s Office hopes raises will reduce loss of employees

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office hopes measures proposed in its  2014 budget can help reverse the sharp increase in employee turnover the department has experienced over the last several years. 

    The Sheriff’s Office has seen its turnover rate for both sworn officers and civilian employees increase during the five years since raises have been given. 

    Currently, several employees are suing the Sheriff’s Office for what they claim are back wages and overtime promised on a salary schedule that existed when they were hired. 

  • Momentum building for consolidated emergency dispatch system in Jeffco


    Jeffco and its municipalities are starting to consolidate emergency dispatch services in the county into one centralized call center. 

    A recent study done for the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Authority recommended consolidating the 10 primary and secondary call centers in Jeffco into one main call center and several regional dispatch centers. 

  • School board approves tech upgrades

    The Jeffco school board approved a $1.2 million contract to upgrade the school district’s data storage technology at the board’s study session Oct. 24.

    The $1.2 million will upgrade digital storage hardware and software through the technology company EMC. District staff members said Oct. 3 that the technology upgrade is unrelated to the inBloom system for storing student data or its classroom dashboard. 

  • Jeffco Human Services facing more cuts

    Jeffco’s Human Services Division is facing another round of cuts in the proposed 2014 budget and might have to eliminate positions and programs to balance its books. 

    One of the targeted programs is the Family Integrated Treatment Court, often called drug court, which costs the county about $500,000 annually.

    FIT Court, a voluntary program in the Jeffco court system, works with high-risk dependency or neglect cases involving families, with the goal of keeping children from having to be removed from homes.  

  • Littleton ballot has initiatives from citizens

    Along with four open seats on the City Council, Littleton voters will decide in the Nov. 5 election on potential changes to how the council operates and whether two new taxes should be levied. 

    Ballot measure 301 will let voters decide if the council will be held to stricter regulations when it comes to meeting behind closed doors. The issue was put on the ballot by a citizen petition. 

  • Scammer posing as cop tells victims to buy cards to pay fine

    A phone scammer targeting Jeffco residents is attempting to trick victims into buying retail gift cards to avoid fines from supposedly missing a jury-duty summons.

    The scam artist first targeted Jeffco residents starting Sept. 2 and 3. Throughout September, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office received more than 10 reports from citizens who received calls from a man pretending to be a major with the department. The man introduced himself as “Maj. Tom Wilson” and told the victims they had missed jury duty and were going to be arrested.

  • Make your voice heard in school board election

    Here we go again! There are three seats up for grabs on the Jefferson County Board of Education, and as was the case two years ago when the other two seats on the board were filled, no incumbents are running for re-election. And as also was the case the last time we elected school board members in Jefferson County, there are stark differences between the candidates.

  • Of mice, men and the end of the republic

    The flooding that hit Evergreen and parts of Jefferson and Clear Creek counties on Friday the 13th in September presented our four newspapers with the same challenge we face on a daily basis: Trying to cover stories that often overwhelm our resources in their scope and impact.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A diverting episode