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  • Jeffco sheriff bans sale, possession of fireworks

    The Jeffco sheriff has banned the sale, use or possession of fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county, including on federal lands.

    The Sheriff's Office issued the ban Tuesday after the county commissioners earlier in the day voted unanimously to give the sheriff authority to ban firework sales under terms of a new ordinance.

    Violators will be subject to a $600 fine. Before the ordinance was passed, the sheriff had the authority only to ban use of fireworks, but sales were still allowed.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Shattered dreams

  • Mega-chain thinking small

    A new, smaller Walmart will open for business Friday, June 29, in the refurbished former Albertsons and SmartCo shopping space at West Bowles Avenue and South Lowell Boulevard in the Columbine Valley Shopping Center. The space has been vacant for a couple of years.

    SmartCo opened one of five grocery/farmers market hybrids in the building in August 2010 but closed all its stores in the chain about four months later.

  • Smart911 provides key information to first-responders

    A new user-controlled database program called Smart911 has been activated by Jefferson County to help emergency services access basic information about households at the other end of a 911 call.

    When dispatchers receive a 911 call from a land line, they typically see only a phone number and address on a computer screen. When a cell phone calls 911, the dispatcher can see the phone number, the name of the service provider and the approximate location in geographic coordinates of the caller.

  • A patriotic party in the park

    Food and free community fun are in store at the annual patriotic celebration Red, White & You from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Clement Park.

    The event's fireworks display has been canceled because of extreme fire danger in the area, but other activities will go on as scheduled.

    Produced by the Foothills Park and Recreation District, Red, White & You includes a concert by Black Water, a band that performs a musical tribute to the Doobie Brothers, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

  • Counties win $4.6 million grant for Clear Creek trail

    Great Outdoors Colorado announced Tuesday a $4.6 million grant to help Jefferson County and Clear Creek County build a 6-mile trail along Clear Creek as part of GOCO's precedent-setting River Corridors Initiative.

    The award is part of a strategic decision to concentrate lottery funds on river and creek projects across the state. All together, the GOCO board announced Tuesday a total of $29.5 million in lottery grants for eight river projects.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Good deed doesn’t go unpunished

  • Couple attempt suicide before sentencing in abuse case

    A couple who were scheduled to be sentenced for child abuse on June 18 apparently attempted suicide and were rushed to Littleton Hospital in unknown condition.

    Relatives found Christine and Randal Arnold after they had apparently attempted to commit suicide by consuming a large number of unidentified pills, according to published reports.

  • Fire ban at Chatfield State Park
  • Plan to expand Chatfield Reservoir draws mixed reactions

    The plan to expand Chatfield Reservoir in South Jefferson County is regarded by some as the best environmental alternative, but others see the projected loss of habitat, flooding of 600 acres and impacts on recreation as too great a price to pay.

    The proposed changes will have a significant effect on wildlife, as well as on the recreational amenities that are part of the surrounding Chatfield State Park.