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  • A rose is a rose, but a wildfire by any other name baffles

    What’s in a name? In the case of last week’s wildfire near Pine, a lot of confusion.

    When the Chair Rock Fire underwent a name change and became the Lime Gulch Fire on June 19, residents 900 miles away might have been a little worried: Lime Gulch is a valley in Montana. But in Lion Gulch, here in Jeffco, the fire burned 511 acres in rugged terrain south of Conifer.

  • Lime Gulch Fire 100% contained

    The Lime Gulch Fire that burned 511 acres in the Pike National Forest in South Jeffco was started by lightning on June 18, officials have confirmed.

    No structures were damaged in the blaze, but more than 100 people were forced to leave their homes for four days. The evacuation orders were lifted at 9 p.m. Saturday.

    One-hundred percent containment was reported on the blaze this week, which at its peak was battled by 300 firefighters, along with air support.

    The fire’s cause

  • Foothills Park & Rec's Battle of the Bands

    Divide Zero's performance at Foothills Park & Rec's Battle of the Bands won the group more than just bragging rights as one of the best bands in Littleton.

    The four-piece pop-punk band won an opening gig on Aug. 1 at Clement Park, a gig on Sunday of the Summerset Festival, and a three-hour recording session at Decibel Garden. 

    The event was sponsored by Music Go Round, which provided more than $750 worth of prizes and gift packs and recruited the judges.

  • Jeffco boosts fines for failing to get dog license

    The cost for not getting Fido a license just went up in Jeffco.

    Dog owners who don’t obtain a license within 30 days of adopting a canine will now be subject to a $100 fine instead of $50. The next time they’re caught, a $200 ticket will be issued, with an additional $100 for each ticket after that. 

    The increases were approved by the Jeffco commissioners on June 11. 

  • County seeing increase in construction costs

    Two construction projects on Jeffco’s to-do list apparently will cost substantially more than the county anticipated.

    Jefferson County had planned a massive paver repair project for its Administration and Courts Buildings in Golden this year, along with remodeling at the Parfet Building in Lakewood. Yet the bids for both projects are substantially higher than predicted. 

  • Littleton Planning Board votes against six-story apartment complex

    The Littleton Planning Board unanimously voted against the Broadstone at Littleton Station development, a proposed 250-unit apartment building across from the city’s historic courthouse on Littleton Boulevard.

    The developer, Alliance Residential Co., wants to build a six-story apartment complex on the 4.5-acre property on the southwest corner of Littleton Boulevard and Bemis Street. While the Planning Board has voted against the development, Littleton’s City Council will make the final decision.

  • Sheriff's Calls

     

    A case with layers

  • Small wildfire in Waterton Canyon contained

    A small fire near the Maxwell Hills subdivision that spurred an evacuation notice Monday afternoon is 100 percent contained, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    The wildfire was near the intersection of Elk Mountain and Kuehster roads, said Dan Hatlestad, spokesman for Inter-Canyon Fire-Rescue.

    The Bear Gulch Fire was burning on less than an acre Monday afternoon. Hatlestad said the blaze was in a remote area that took six hours for firefighters to hike to.

  • Littleton council hires law firm

    The search for Littleton’s new city attorney is over. 

    The City Council reached an agreement with Ken Fellman from the law firm of Kissinger and Fellman to provide legal services for the city. Fellman will replace former city attorney Kirsten Crawford, who resigned in February. 

    Council member Bruce Stahlman said he thought Kissinger and Fellman’s experience with both the public and private sector would serve the city well.

  • Littleton voters will be asked to approve lodging, marijuana taxes

    Voters in Littleton will decide in November whether the city may tax marijuana sales and hotel stays.

    The City Council voted June 11 to put the two sales-tax proposals on the Nov. 5 ballot. It is considering asking voters to set the rates at 3 percent, but it will study the issues further to determine the final proposed tax rates. 

    While the marijuana sales tax was put on the ballot by a unanimous vote, the proposed lodging tax was approved 4-3.