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  • All work for child's play

    The lot behind The Ridge Recreation Center was empty at the start of the day on Aug. 9. By sunset, a new playground had materialized in the space.

    More than 250 volunteers from the Columbine Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including about a dozen kids handing out lemonade and water, made quick work of building the playground for the Foothills Park and Recreation District.

    The community effort was the fourth time the church has helped build a playground for the district in one day, said event organizer Kerry Schaper.

  • Plan to annex mall facing ballot deadline

    Bow Mar has less than a week to decide if it will place a sales-tax question on November’s ballot as part of a proposed annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by the town.

    Mall owner General Growth Properties approached the town earlier this year about annexing the mall, which is in unincorporated Jefferson County. The annexation would let the town levy a sales tax on businesses in the mall, with the revenue split between the town and General Growth Properties. The company could spend the money only on improvements and upkeep to public areas of the mall.

  • Troop support group holds fund-raiser at Clement Park

    Colorado Supporting Our Troops, a charity that supports members of the armed forces serving overseas, is literally helping soldiers shine a light on their work.

    The group, which held a fund-raising event at Clement Park on Saturday, recently sent an $800 spotlight to an Army unit serving in Afghanistan. The light, which replaced one destroyed in a mortar attack, is used by trucks on night patrol to search for roadside bombs, said Lainey Hamrick.

    The fund-raiser featured a fitness boot camp and silent auction.

  • Ken-Caryl Ranch celebrates 100th birthday

    Ken-Caryl Ranch celebrated its 100th birthday with a little old-time flair.

    The Ken-Caryl Ranch Historical Society hosted a birthday party Aug. 9 to celebrate the community’s founding, when John Charles Shaffer bought the original 2,660 acres of land on Oct. 17, 1914. Shaffer named the ranch after his two sons, Kent and Carroll.

    The event was a throwback to the community’s founding, with a barbershop quartet, banjos and a vintage fashion show featuring clothes from the turn of the 20th century.

  • Arrest made in fatal shooting in Littleton

    An arrest has been made in the shooting death of a 55-year-old man in Littleton last week.

    Joshua “Josh” Hoppe, 32, was arrested early Wednesday morning in east Denver. Littleton police had identified Hoppe as a suspect in the fatal shooting on Aug. 13, and he currently faces a charge of first-degree murder.

  • Jeffco Safety Fair slated Saturday

    The Jeffco Safety Fair is aiming to be a one-stop shop for information and help in keeping county residents safe.

    The fair, on Saturday at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, features fun activities designed for the entire family, said Jeffco district attorney’s spokeswoman Pam Russell. Even more than entertaining people, Russell said, the goal of the fair is to promote safe practices in every aspect of daily life.

  • Suspect in Littleton shooting death still at large

    Littleton police were still searching for a suspect over the weekend in the Aug. 13 shooting death of a 55-year-old man. 

  • Council eyes prohibition on eminent domain, condemnation

    The Littleton City Council could soon vote on whether to eliminate eminent domain and condemnation as possible tools in the city’s soon-to-be finished urban development plan. 

    The council, on a 6-0 vote, asked city staff to create a statement saying the city would not use eminent domain and condemnation as part of Littleton Invests For Tomorrow, the city’s urban renewal authority. The request included a statement that property owners who seek condemnation could still do so. 

  • Things get prickly on county's pot panel

    Things are anything but mellow on Jeffco's marijuana task force.

    Ronn Nixon, a paralegal and cannabis advocate, said former CBI head and fellow task force member Bob Cantwell threatened him physically after a tense meeting on July 21.

    Nixon said Cantwell felt that he'd been rude to the chair of the 14-member group, Lakewood City Councilwoman Ramey Johnson. 

  • Sheriff warns of proliferation of phone scams

     Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink reported that phone scams and identity theft are on the rise, in his second-quarter report to the county commissioners on Aug. 5.

    “With a nationwide increase in frauds, (the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office) is streamlining its approach with the use of a fraud reporting hotline,” Mink said in his report.

    Over-the-phone scams in particular have been on the rise, Mink said. 

    “We have been inundated with calls and reports,” Mink said. “That’s why we created the fraud hotline.”