Local News

  • El Rancho meeting postponed

    An April 10 community meeting regarding a proposal to rezone property in El Rancho has been postponed due to inclement weather, according to Jeffco planner Justin Montgomery. 

    The proposal, initially denied by the county commissioners, is now being reheard because of a significant change to the application. Initially, the developers wanted to amend the planned development zoning on seven acres at Swede Gulch and El Rancho roads to allow 100 multifamily units. The applicant, PIII Swede Gulch LLC, is now proposing 65 units instead of the original 100.

  • Arrest made in connection with Brinson's death

    An 18-year-old has been arrested in connection with the death of Joseph Michael Brinson, a Littleton man who hadn’t been seen since January. 

    Blake Quinlan was being held in the Sherman County Jail in Texas on unrelated charges, according to a press release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. He was transported to Jeffco on Thursday and booked into the Jeffco Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. 

  • Midway House could become visitors center

    Though it’s dependent on the results of a feasibility study, the Midway House at Meyer Ranch is poised to become a welcome and information center for Conifer.

    The project, initiated by various Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce members, is meant to create a center to serve as a community resource and hub for information.

    “The goal is really … to work with (Jeffco) Open Space and use that as a tourist center, chamber office, community resource center type building,” said Melanie Swearengin, executive director of the chamber.

  • ECDS to build athletic, performance center

    Evergreen Country Day School will construct an athletic and performance center that is scheduled to open by the end of 2020.

  • Seminars to provide education about child trafficking

    Two seminars on April 27 will not only bring awareness about child trafficking worldwide but also show attendees they can do something about it.

    “We have to make people aware,” said Dr. Jeff Brodsky, founder and president of Conifer-based JOY International. “Awareness is good, but awareness without action is apathy. … Everyone can do something.”

    Brodsky and other speakers will share stories about the fight against child trafficking and the sex trade.

  • Two motorcycle accidents close northbound U.S. 285 Saturday afternoon

    Two accidents involving motorcycles on Saturday afternoon closed northbound U.S. 285 near South Turkey Creek Road. The highway has since reopened.

    The first accident, according to Cpl. Ivan Alvarado with the Colorado State Patrol, happened at 1 p.m. and involved only minor injuries, and the parties exchanged information.

  • Climber injured on Urban Alpine Crag

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Department helped rescue a climber from a rock wall along Deer Creek Canyon Road on Saturday afternoon.

    According to Dan Hatlestad, a department spokesman, a man climbing the Urban Alpine Crag fell about 30 feet and significantly injured a leg. The area is a flat wall on the north side of the road that is popular with climbers.

    Rescuers were able to get to him quickly, but because of the difficult terrain, the Alpine Rescue Team was called in to make a rope rescue, Hatlestad said. The man was transported to an area hospital.

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  • Traffic snarled by the lake Thursday while Xcel replaced power pole

    Xcel Energy replaced a power pole on Thursday near the dam on Highway 73, blocking one lane and snarling traffic for most of the day.

    According to Xcel spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo, a driver hit the pole over the April 6 weekend and drove off. Someone else called Xcel on April 8 to report the damaged pole. The whole pole needed to be replaced.

    Xcel completed its portion of the work on Thursday, but CenturyLink and Comcast still must move their lines before the old pole can be removed. Aguayo was unsure when that work would be completed.

  • Columbine 20th anniversary: Tragedy altered security procedures

    Columbine High School doesn’t look like it did 20 years ago. Then again, most schools in the country don’t.

    Main entrances often have cameras and intercoms to buzz in visitors, and a security desk sits just inside the door. Many now have school resource officers.

    John McDonald, the executive director of Jeffco Public Schools’ school safety department, recalled how seeing a police car in front of a school 20 years ago was a source of drama and concern for parents and students alike. Now, it’s a normal and sometimes welcome sight.