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  • Morrison town board approves new restaurant rooftop patio

    A new rooftop patio will soon sit atop the Holiday Bar in Morrison.

    The Morrison town board’s vote marks its first since an ordinance requiring a special hearing review and strict regulations for rooftop patios passed in last November’s election.

  • Training wraps up for Inter-Canyon Fire recruits

    Last Saturday was a busy day for the 11 Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District recruits. The group concluded its fire academy and became official members of the fire service.

  • Green Mountain fire mitigation project a joint effort

    With the final cut of a chainsaw, a large tree tumbles to the ground, and volunteers in hard hats raise their arms and cheer in triumph.

    A falling tree might not always be cause for celebration, but on a day dedicated to fire mitigation it is.

    Members of West Metro Fire Rescue, the city of Lakewood Parks, Forestry and Open Space and Team Rubicon, a veteran-based disaster relief organization, gathered Saturday to remove heavy brush and trees in the open space next to homes near Green Mountain in the hopes of reducing the risk of wildfire spreading to the homes.

  • Jeffco Libraries working with funds from mill levy increase

    Less than two years after voters agreed to a one-mill property-tax increase, the Jefferson County Public Library System is making good on its promises to library patrons — and has plans to continue doing so.

    A citizens’ advisory committee was organized to help guide plans for the library system’s new funds. Members of the committee, as well as some 5,000 Jeffco residents, asked library officials to:

    • Restore core services.

    • Provide more books and materials.

    • Restore open hours.

  • Hotels, facilities approved near C-470

    Hotels, motels and senior living facilities have been given the go-ahead at C-470 and West Bowles Avenue.

    Despite continued concerns from neighboring residents, the Board of County Commissioners on June 20 unanimously approved rezoning of 23.57 acres of land just east of C-470 and about 700 feet north of West Bowles Avenue. The four parcels are north of Tipsy’s Liquor World.

    For site developer Eisenberg Co., the approval is a win.

  • Littleton police officer still missing in Russia

    It has been more than two weeks since Olivia Beare last spoke with her husband.

    Steven Beare, an officer with the Littleton Police Department, called his wife around 10:30 p.m. on June 12 from his hotel at the base of Russia’s highest mountain. The following day, Steven planned to ascend Mount Elbrus, an 18,150-foot peak, but has not been seen since his second day of climbing.

  • Colorful Colorado: Vivid colors, crazy costumes on display at inaugural Unicorn Festival

    A love of all things whimsical led Dana Cain and Michelle Baldwin to create the Unicorn Festival, a first-time event held Sunday in Clement Park.

    For Cain, the mythical animal is not a craze, despite the trendiness of unicorns at the moment.

    “Unicorns symbolize the magical power of the universe,” Cain said. “They symbolize myth and fantasy and imagination and that all things are possible.

    “They bring purity and goodness and joy and strength. They’re just wonderful, wonderful creatures,” she added.

  • Jeffco Sheriff's seek couple in reported SW Plaza shoplifting

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two adults in connection with an alleged theft of accessories from a department store in Southwest Plaza mall. The pair encouraged two children to help in the shoplifting.

    “An adult female and a juvenile female went into the store. In another area of the store was an adult male and a juvenile male,” said Jenny Fulton, spokeswoman with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.  “We believe it’s a family with parents and children.”

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  • Q&A with Mike Worcester of West Metro swift water rescue instructor

    As the weather warms, many hit the water for rafting, tubing and fun in the sun.
    But for first responders, the summertime means something a bit different — an increased likelihood for a swift water rescue. To prepare, staff at West Metro Fire Rescue, South Metro Fire Rescue, Denver Fire Department and Westminster Fire Department gathered at Clear Creek in early June for a swift water rescue training course.
    Q: Can you explain the purpose of this training? I know it was a multi-day course.