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County Briefs: Residents without DTV signal should contact stations

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By The Staff

Jefferson County residents who suddenly stopped receiving free, over-the-air digital television signals when a new antenna was installed on Lookout Mountain on May 12 should contact the local broadcast stations.

Signal interruptions for many Jeffco residents in areas such as Evergreen and Conifer began when a consortium known as Lake Cedar Group representing Denver television channels 4, 7, 9 and 20 went live with its new DTV antenna on Lookout Mountain. The new antenna replaced a temporary lower-power antenna broadcasting from downtown Denver that had reached many Jeffco residents.

While Jefferson County does not have authority to dictate to broadcasters how they should transmit their digital signals to consumers, the county is encouraging affected Jeffco residents to voice their concerns directly to the broadcasters. The appropriate websites and phone numbers to contact these stations are: Channel 4, www.cbs4denver.com or at 303-861-4444; Channel 7, www.thedenverchannel.com or at 303-832-0200;

Channel 9, www.9news.com or at 303-871-1487; Channel 20, www.my20denver.com or at 303-871-9999.

Sheriff invites seniors to free safety luncheon

In an effort to reach out to seniors who may be more at-risk for becoming victims of crime, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will host a senior safety luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 5 at the Evergreen Lake House. The luncheon is free of charge and is open to Jefferson County residents.

Sheriff Ted Mink, Undersheriff Ray Fleer and Patrol Chief Jeff Shrader will be on hand to share information about senior exploitation and local law enforcement efforts. Investigator Justin Bates of the sheriff’s office will present a lecture on identity theft with information on how to prevent and recover from this pervasive crime.

Other local community groups, including AARP/Elder Watch, the Seniors’ Resource Center, Senior Reach, Evergreen Fire/Rescue, Mountain Resource Center, Life Center of Evergreen and Evergreen Hospice will provide additional safety information. The sheriff’s crime prevention team will also be on hand with information about Project Lifesaver.

To reserve a slot, call crime prevention Deputy Dale Wizieck at 303-670-8125. Parking spaces are limited, and guests are encouraged to car-pool if possible. Participants can also reserve free shuttle service through the Seniors’ Resource Center by calling Debbie at 303-679-2552. The shuttle service is as follows: Rocky Mountain Village Estates, 10:30 a.m., 1272 County Road 65, Evergreen; Green Ridge Meadow Apartments 10:45 a.m., 31250 John Wallace Road, Evergreen; Marshdale (parking at the bus barn lot), 10:30 a.m., 7000 Highway 73, Evergreen.

Area store sells winning Lotto ticket

One Lotto ticket worth $2.8 million was sold at Safeway, 5025 S. Kipling Parkway. The store will receive $5,000 for selling the ticket, which matched all six numbers in the Lotto drawing on May 28. The winning numbers were: 6, 16, 26, 32, 37, 40.

The winner has 180 days to claim the $2.8 million prize, worth $1.4 million in cash. The probability of winning the Lotto jackpot is 1 in 5,245,786.

Jeffco legislators’ wildfire-prevention bill becomes law

A bill that creates incentives for homeowners to mitigate wildfire threats on their property became law May 28.

Rep. Rob Witwer, R-Genesee, and Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, crafted House Bill 1110 as part of a package of wildfire-related legislation in the 2008 legislative session after a community meeting at the Elk Creek fire station in 2007. The bill grants a $2,500 tax deduction to homeowners living in an area that has a community wildfire protection plan.

"This is an important first step to ensure the protection of our mountain communities,” Kopp said. “The nation learned too many lessons from watching the Southern California mountain communities burn not to take aggressive action to mitigate the threat of catastrophic wildfires.”

Public cautioned about skunks with rabies

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued advisories to local public health agencies and veterinarians regarding eight confirmed cases of rabies in wildlife in the eastern part of the state — including seven skunks and one coyote — over the past year. Based upon the widely dispersed locations of these rabies-positive specimens, it appears that skunk rabies may be circulating in eastern areas of the state and potentially moving west toward the Front Range.

Health officials are advising pet owners in rural areas to be sure their dogs’ and cats’ rabies vaccinations are up to date. The advice comes after lab confirmation in the past two months of four skunks with rabies: one in Kit Carson County, one in Yuma County and two in eastern Adams County (near Byers). Two of these skunks were involved in attacks on domestic dogs. In 2007, rabid skunks were reported from Prowers, Washington and Las Animas counties in eastern Colorado.