Charley Able

Charley Able is a former Rocky Mountain News Reporter who covered local governments in Jefferson County. He is a 20-year resident of the city and is a skeptical observer of the way elected officials do their jobs. As editor and publisher, Charley hopes to encourage citizens to become more involved in their community.

Indian Gulch Fire contained, single firefighting crew remains on scene

Firefighters achieve containment of wildfire that burned with a mile of Golden city limits. Investigators continue seeking information about anything or anyone that caused suspicion in the fire area on March 20. More than 400 firefighters were marshaled to fight the blaze, which scorched more than 1,500 acres. U.S. Highway 6, which was closed for days because of the fire, reopened Friday afternoon.

Firefighters hold Indian Creek Fire at bay despite overnight winds

Fire, which had raced across rugged terrain near Golden, remained at about 25 percent containment at mid-day Wednesday. Homeowners returned to the area late Tuesday after an evacuation was rescinded, but Golden Gate Canyon Road was closed throughout Wednesday afternoon and traffic on U.S. 6 was halted.

Lakewood pre-schooler’s video makes ‘Dance-off’ finals

Lakewood pre-schooler's video makes 'Dance-off' finals

Preschooler at Primrose School of Bear Creek hops into finals of national video contest. Aiden Gumz could land a $20,000 prize for Children’s Hospital if enough people vote on-line for his video.

County issues emergency declaration as wildfire continues spreading

Homes, businesses evacuated as wind-driven flames move across Ponderosa pine studded grassland west of Golden. The cost of fighting the fire, which encompasses nearly two square miles, is approaching $700,000, according to Sheriff’s Office estimates. A precautionary fire ban has been issued for unincorporated Jeffco.

Lakewood Police seek hit and run driver; victim severely injured

LAKEWOOD – Police are seeking a hit and run driver who left a 45-year-old pedestrian in the street injured and unable to escape being hit by a second car in the eastbound lanes of West Colfax Avenue late Saturday.
The driver of the second car was stopped and arrested by police a short distance from the [...]

Spelling makes a diffeRence

Spelling makes a diffeRence

Summit Ridge Middle School’s message lacks a little something. Photo Courtesy Lisa Rizzo

Policeman’s wife admits defrauding friends, LPD officers in cancer scam

Policeman's wife admits defrauding friends, LPD officers in cancer scam

Ann Crall could get as much as 15 years in prison when she is sentenced next month. The Highlands Ranch woman admitted she took nearly $60,000 under the pretext of needing the money to pay for costly cancer treatment and related expenses.

Jeffco schools considering $40 million in 2011-12 budget cuts

If the School Board approves, cuts would suspend Outdoor Lab program, close two elementary schools, eliminate 212 full-time jobs and reduce the number of days teachers work. The plan also would impose a transportation fee for students who ride school buses and increase athletic fees.

Sarah Palin plans Lakewood appearance, will keynote CCU military tribute

Former Alaska governor and Republican’s 2008 VP candidate will speak at Colorado Christian University’s “Tribute to the Troops with Sarah Palin” at the school’s Events Center in May. The event coincides with the first televised debate among GOP presidential hopefuls.

John Odom joins Jeffco’s commissioners, replacing McCasky on board

John Odom joins Jeffco's commissioners, replacing McCasky on board

Odom, a Golden resident, will serve the remaining two years of McCasky’s term after the county Republicans’ Vacancy Committee selected the small businessman from a field of nearly 20 applicants to represent Commissioner District 2.

Council OKs role-changing apartment project for Housing Authority

LHA project is expected to provide up to 176 mixed-income units in three multi-story buildings at 6150 West 13th Avenue, fronting the light-rail line. Neighbors raised concerns over the increased residential density of the project as well as its effects on community safety and property values.

Lakewood man suspected in two sex assaults, possibly others

Marc P. O’Leary remains jailed on $5 million cash bond as a suspect in Golden, Westminster attacks after his weekend arrest. Other metro-area agencies, including Lakewood, are looking at O’Leary in other similar crimes.

County building reopens after frozen pipes left offices awash

Jeffco’s administrative offices re-opened Monday after cleanup crews worked through the weekend to mop up the water damage and make repairs. The leak apparently originated in a structure atop the county building.

Four of Colorado’s congressmen launch bipartisan bid for transparency

Resolution would require Congress to limit bills to a single subject, eliminating the ability to tack unrelated amendments and other matters onto pending legislation. If approved, it would force such “stealth” items into the open for debate.

McCasky to resign as Jeffco commissioner, will take top JEC job

McCasky to resign as Jeffco commissioner, will take top JEC job

McCasky, who represents most of Lakewood as Jeffco’s District 2 commissioner, will takeover the leadership of the Jefferson Economic Council, a public/private economic development group after he resigns in February.

Investigators sifting events that ended in death of suspect

Investigators sifting events that ended in death of suspect

Robbery suspect died in hail of bullets of after reportedly telling officers they would have to shoot him and making what officers took to be a threatening move. A suspected accomplice surrendered before the shooting and is jailed on a number of possible charges including robbery, eluding and criminal impersonation, according to Lakewood Police.

Censure of school board member ignites heated debate

Supporters of Laura Boggs and citizens concerned that Jefferson County’s school board is trying to quash dissenting political views criticize the board’s action against Boggs during Thursday’s board meeting.

Police ID suspect in shooting death at east Lakewood bar

LPD investigators are looking for a 37-year-old Hispanic man in connection with Tuesday’s slaying of an employee at the El Torito Bar & Grill. The victim was shot shortly after a confrontation with a group of men inside the business.