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  • Waterton Canyon reopens Saturday

    The Waterton Canyon Trail was scheduled to reopen Saturday morning after being closed all day Friday because of a small lightning-sparked fire that broke out about 4 p.m. Thursday in an area called Mill Gulch.
    U.S. Forest Service crews used the canyon road on Friday to bring in equipment to fight the fire, which affected about 3 acres.

  • Chatfield Reservoir drowning victim is identified

    The Douglas County coroner's office has identified a body found July 4 in Chatfield Reservoir as Colorado Springs resident Jason Gustav Stark, 37.

    The cause of death is being listed as accidental drowning, said Coroner Lora Thomas.

    There was no boat involved. The victim was reported missing on Saturday, and the Littleton dive team conducted an unsuccessful search, said Ron Hanavan, Douglas County sheriff's spokesman.

  • Sides draw battle lines over proposed tax hike for schools

    The pro and con contingents are drawing up battles lines over the proposed property-tax increase for Jeffco schools on the November ballot.  

    Opponents say the tax increase would not fully address the district’s budget issues or guarantee improved student performance, and that the district can find other places to cut the budget. Proponents counter that the increase would help a district ravaged by budget cuts over the past several years and help keep residential property values in the county high by maintaining quality schools. 

  • Deck collapse causes minor injuries

    A deck collapsed Tuesday evening at a home in the 7600 block of West Ottawa Place, resulting in minor injuries to an undetermined number of people.

    Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley confirmed that no serious injuries were reported in the incident. It was not known how many people were on the deck when it collapsed.

  • Commissioners get tough on fireworks sales

    The sale of fireworks from temporary fireworks stands was banned countywide last week under a new ordinance passed June 26.

    In an effort to head off a situation in which fireworks sellers would be allowed to keep selling their products from tents amid extreme fire danger and despite the statewide ban on using personal fireworks, the county commissioners took action at their regular weekly meeting.

  • Commissioners take it slow on bridge to somewhere

    Golden has plans to build a pedestrian bridge to somewhere — specifically, from a residential area to the west corridor light-rail line — but the Jeffco commissioners are taking it slow.

    The commissioners decided June 26 to delay action on county easements for the proposed bridge, which inevitably conjures memories of the infamous “bridge to nowhere” erected by Jefferson County over South Wadsworth Boulevard at Bowles Avenue.

  • Attendees at forum divided on Chatfield Reservoir expansion

    About 135 people signed in June 26 at Dakota Ridge High School for the second of three public meetings on the proposed expansion of Chatfield Reservoir in south Jefferson County.

     

    Seated on metal chairs in the gymnasium from 7 to 9 p.m., the crowd of mostly community residents and nature lovers listened to some 40 people speak, many up to the limit of three minutes each.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A real I-don’t-know-it-all

  • Smoking banned in Jeffco Open Space parks

    Smoking is banned in all Jefferson County Open Space parks until further notice due to extreme fire danger. That includes the grounds of Lookout Mountain Nature Center and the Hiwan Homestead Museum. 

    The smoking ban is in addition to the sheriff's bans on open fires, fireworks use, possession, displays and sales of fireworks. Littleton, Foothills Park and Rec and Bandimere Speedway have canceled their fireworks displays this year.

  • Commissioners get tough on fireworks sales

    The sale of fireworks from temporary fireworks stands was banned countywide last week under a new ordinance passed June 26.

    In an effort to head off a situation in which fireworks sellers would be allowed to keep selling their products from tents amid extreme fire danger and despite the statewide ban on using personal fireworks, the county commissioners took action at their regular weekly meeting.