Local News

  • Snow day decision is an all-night communication

    By Matt Adams
    For the Courier

    On winter and spring school nights when weather forecasts call for change, Josie Gallagher knows she won’t be getting a good night’s sleep.

  • News briefs

    Morrison man pleads not guilty to first-degree murder
    The Morrison man arrested in connection with the death of 61-year-old Julene Isaacson pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges during a Thursday arraignment.

    Jerald Arthur Cross, 64, was arrested Oct. 7 on suspicion of first-degree murder after he called the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office to report the incident. He is set to return to court on May 17 for a motions hearing.

  • Friends, family pay tribute to longtime resident

    Those who knew Peggy Braun, a longtime Evergreen resident, say they can’t say enough nice things about her.

    She was a volunteer for many organizations, a friend who would give you the shirt off her back and someone who was passionate about helping people.

    “She was the sweetest person around,” said Sharon Smith, executive director of Evergreen Christian Outreach where both Peggy and her husband Bill were longtime volunteers. “Peggy always jumped in and helped no matter what was going on at EChO.”

  • Young and old alike get their heads sheared for cancer research

    Hair one moment — gone the next.

    More than 20 people of all ages got into the barber’s chair on Saturday amid cheers and well wishes at The Wild Game in Bergen Park to have their heads shaved to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

    The fundraiser, in its third year in Evergreen, was expected to raise more than $30,000. Winston and Mel from the KOOL 105 morning show emceed the event.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Jeffco Sheriff’s Office looking into threat at Columbine

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a threat made Monday afternoon at Columbine High School.

    According to Mike Taplin, spokesman with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, a threatening phone call came in around 3:30 p.m., after school had been dismissed. The call appeared to come from a number outside of the United States.

    Because the threat is still under investigation, Taplin said he couldn’t provide much more information than that.

  • Parks Briefs

    Jeffco Open Space considering Heritage Square exchange

    Jeffco Open Space is considering a land exchange with Martin Marietta Materials that would allow the company to expand operations and extend the life of its quarry in Golden.

    If approved, the county open space organization would ultimately receive more than 80 acres, including Heritage Square and the Nancy Bachmann property in Golden, in exchange for 64 unused acres in Matthews/Winters Park.

  • Bomb cyclone doesn’t stop State of County event

    Last year was a productive one for Jefferson County, and 2019 is shaping up to be much the same, according to those who spoke at the first-of-its-kind State of the County event on March 13.

    The forthcoming blizzard did not slow down the event, and hundreds packed the Sheraton Denver West in Lakewood to listen to elected officials and county leaders.

    “No bomb cyclone’s going to stop the Jefferson County ‘State of the County.’ We’re too strong for that,” said George Stern, Jeffco’s clerk and recorder.

  • Commissioners approve South Jeffco detox center rezoning

    Despite community apprehension, a recently approved zoning change will likely bring a detoxification facility to South Jeffco.

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners on March 12 unanimously supported the rezoning proposal, which will amend the planned development zoning to allow for up to seven beds in an overnight detoxification center at 5920 S. Estes St., and to clarify that medical and dental offices continue to be allowed uses at the site.

  • Parmalee kindergartners fail to catch a leprechaun but still score big on St. Pat’s Day gold

    Keely Hartford’s mouth dropped as she walked into her classroom at Parmalee Elementary School on Monday morning.

    “Holy moly! This is a huge mess,” the 6-year-old said, eyeing the disarray.

    Indeed, Lesley Cantrell’s kindergarten classroom was in shambles when students stormed through the door at the start of a new school week. With chairs flipped, shiny green and gold coins strewn about and a taunting message written on the teacher’s desk, the students soon realized the mess was the work of leprechauns.