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  • New grocery store bringing jobs to South Jeffco

    About 100 new jobs will be coming to the South Jeffco area, as a brand new chain of supermarkets prepares to open this summer. SmartCo Foods, a planned group of five big-box grocery-and-farmers market hybrids, will host a jobs fair May 20 and 21 in Denver.

    “We’re looking to hire people for all five of the stores,” said company spokesman Randall Oliver. “We are hoping that we can get all those slots filled before the stores open.”

  • Solar races herald winds of change

    Dozens of middle-school teams from across the state congregated May 22 for the 20th Junior Solar Sprint Car Competition, a series of model-car races powered by the sun.

    Though the event is traditionally held outdoors, the 2010 event was held in the Dakota Ridge High School gym due to high winds that were capable of blowing the light vehicles of their tracks. Fifty-five teams from 17 middle schools, including one from D’Evelyn, charged battery packs outside, transferring energy collected by their solar panels.

  • Liquor sales likely to resume at Fun City

    Liquor sales are likely to resume at Fun City, the new business entity that has taken over the former Mr. Biggs location in South Jeffco. The county liquor board last week granted a temporary permit for the business following a district court’s issuance of a restraining order.

    “What it did in effect was reinstate the license,” assistant county attorney Martin McKinney said of the court’s order, which was prompted after Fun City’s owner, Littleton Holdings, filed the case.

  • Man dies when bank safe tips over during installation

    A 41-year-old man was killed May 13 when a new 3,000-pound bank safe tipped over during its installation and pinned him against a door at a South Jeffco bank.

    Donald Lindsay, a Thornton resident who worked for Security & Safe of Colorado, was installing the unit at the Chase bank at 12482 W. Ken Caryl Ave. The massive safe fell about 11 a.m., and rescue workers were unable to move it until about 4:45 p.m.

  • Kopp set to take over as Senate minority leader

    Republican state Sen. Mike Kopp, only two weeks after being unanimously elected to replace Sen. Josh Penry as minority leader, said he is looking forward to next year’s legislative session but that his job will not be easy.

    “It’s a little bit like herding cats, all things considered,” said Kopp, who represents South Jeffco in the state Senate.

  • Flying back in time

    A fully restored World War II-era “Flying Fortress” took to the skies May 15 and 16 above Jefferson County. The Liberty Belle, a circa-1945 B-17 bomber and mobile museum, took off and landed at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, where for one weekend history and aviation buffs could buy about half an hour of midair nostalgia.

  • Black and white and strong all over

    In the basement of their South Jeffco home Dakotah Mann and his mother, Stefanie, are carefully stacking Olympic weights on a homemade structure made of nothing but tiny strips of rolled up newspaper and glue. They manage to pile 525 pounds on top of the seemingly fragile 38.4-gram creation, and it shows no sign of weakening.

    Slowly, they release their grip on the final 45-pound weight. A crunch breaks the silence, and hundreds of pounds of iron drop less than an inch before hitting safety guards, the clank of each plate resonating.

  • Daly seeking re-election to RTD board

     

    This month, Regional Transportation District board member Bruce Daly has begun campaigning for re-election by collecting signatures at Park-n-Rides in Ken-Caryl, Conifer and Evergreen.

    Daly is offering riders a fresh cup of coffee and doughnuts and a chance to talk to about transportation issues.

  • Man dies when bank safe falls during installation

    A 38-year-old man was killed Thursday morning when a new 3,000-pound bank safe fell during its installation and pinned him against a door at a South Jeffco bank.

    The man, who worked for Security & Safe of Colorado, was installing the unit at the Chase bank at 12482 W. Ken Caryl Ave. The massive safe fell about 11 a.m., and rescue workers were unable to move it until about 4:45 p.m.

  • County dedicates new Open Space park

     

    Civil War buffs, Westernaires riders and a general spirit of antiquity permeated the Hildebrand Ranch Park dedication May 6, though afternoon showers forced visitors to seek the cover of a festival tent.

    Jeffco officially marked the opening its newest Open Space park with the ancient, tinny chimes of a hammered dulcimer and other instruments played by members of the Fourth Artillery Quadrille Ensemble.