Local News

  • Deputies free bear trapped in car

    Two Jeffco sheriff’s deputies liberated a bear that was trapped in a vehicle at Chief Hosa on Tuesday morning, and they also managed to film the encounter.

    Deputy Josh Tillman said he and Deputy Brian McLaughlin responded to a report about 9 a.m. Tuesday that a bear had somehow managed to become trapped inside a Subaru in the 26000 block of Upper Cold Springs Gulch Road.

  • Stage 1 fire ban enacted in Jeffco

    Jefferson County has enacted a stage 1 fire ban. 

    According to a news release, the following are prohibited until further notice:

    • Building or maintaining any open fire, except within a permanently constructed fire grate in a park, campground or picnic area.

    • Selling, possessing or using any type of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device, including sparklers.

  • Brush fire north of I-70 burns 4 acres

    A wind-whipped brush fire north of I-70 near the Morrison exit closed the westbound lanes of the highway for four hours Sunday before ground crews and a helicopter were able to contain the blaze.

    No structures were threatened, and no injuries were reported. The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office said the fire started about 3:30 p.m. when trash blew out of a truck and hit power lines, then fell to the ground and ignited brush.

  • Multi-vehicle crash closes I-70 in Golden

    An accident involving at least three vehicles closed Interstate 70 on Wednesday afternoon near West Sixth Avenue.

    The State Patrol said five people were taken to the hospital.

    The accident was reported at 2:40 p.m. and initially closed two eastbound lanes of the highway, but the State Patrol said all lanes were closed at 4:10 p.m. for the crash investigation. 

    Traffic on I-70 was backed up for miles in both directions.

  • Hikers raising money, awareness for veterans’ causes

    Operation: New Trails.

    It sounds like a military operation, and, in some small and unofficial way, it is. More than 60 hikers from across the nation — including one from Canada — are taking to the Colorado Trail this week to raise money and awareness for wounded veterans.

  • Lockheed Martin-built spacecraft enters Jupiter orbit

    More than five years of work by a team of local Lockheed Martin engineers came to a thrilling conclusion Monday night when NASA’s Juno spacecraft was flawlessly placed into orbit around Jupiter.

  • Open Space unveils possible upgrades at Mount Falcon

    Jeffco Open Space's proposed renovations at Mount Falcon's west trailhead include more centralized amenities around the main parking lot area.

    At an open house Thursday night at the Indian Hills Community Center, Open Space representatives said the trailhead's current challenges include the lower parking lot, which requires visitors to walk up the road to the trailhead; a kiosk that is not centrally located; an outdated restroom; and excessive after-hours use.

  • Toxic waste found buried at Lockheed Martin facility in South Jeffco

    Lockheed Martin has publicly disclosed that a solid mass of industrial waste containing hexavalent chromium — a toxin known to cause cancer — was discovered at its Waterton Road facility last October.

    The state health department confirmed that the waste was safely removed along with surrounding soil, and said the health of the public and company employees was never at risk. The department also said the waste “had no impact on surface or ground water.”

  • Morrison Holiday Bar hosts holiday duck races

    There's one resembling the Statue of Liberty, another covered in stars and stripes. There's a calico-cat version and one resembling a soccer ball. These small rubber ducks were the competitors in the duck races hosted Monday by the Holiday Bar in downtown Morrison.

    Dave and Yvonne Killingsworth, who have owned the bar the past 10 years, started the duck races about six years ago to provide entertainment when large crowds are downtown. 

    "Just people wanting to do fun stuff," Dave said.

  • Concerns persist about proposed apartments near tennis bubble

    From what they have seen of developer David Zucker’s plans for a three-building, three-story apartment complex on 5 acres southeast of the Evergreen Tennis Club, nearby homeowners Ken Bland and Cindy Sanders Alvarez are not pleased.

    The proposal attracted an unusually large crowd of about 100 people to an informational meeting at the tennis bubble in the spring, and the general atmosphere was not welcoming.