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  • 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.

  • 13 officers' names added to memorial in Golden

     

    Hundreds of law enforcement officers and family members gathered March 7 at the Colorado State Patrol Academy in Golden to pay respect to 226 officers killed in the line of duty since 1876.

    This year served to memorialize 13 officers, including Montrose Police Department Sgt. David Kinterknecht, who was shot and killed in July 2009 after he and other officers entered the home of a man who barricaded himself in his garage. The officers were responding to a 911 call made by the suspect’s wife.

  • Coffee with a Cop

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office wants county residents to know it does more than hand out traffic tickets, and officers will be hanging out at coffee shops to talk about that.

    Capt. Pat Woodin and Capt. Robert Baker will hold a series of Coffee With a Cop meetings, during which they set aside two hours to talk with residents about whatever is on their minds.

  • Eastwood reportedly spoke of resentments against school

    Accused Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood told investigators he had longstanding resentments against the school, testimony at a preliminary hearing last week indicated.

    Eastwood faces arraignment in June on all 15 of the prosecution’s charges, including four counts of attempted murder.

  • Library wants residents to check out access through smart phones

     

    The Jefferson County Public Library now offers quicker, mobile-friendly access to its 1.3 million items.

    “It’s great and more convenient — especially if you need something real quick, you can get right in there,” said Bethany Frisbie, promotions and marketing manager for JCPL.

    The library’s main website has always been accessible through smart phones, but the new streamlined mobile site is specially formatted and supports the iPhone, some BlackBerry models and DROID phones. 

  • Libertarian courts independent voters in 6th District

     

    Another candidate has emerged in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, adding competition for the area’s independent votes.

    Aurora Libertarian Rob McNealy, a flooring-company owner and blogger, announced his decision to run in January and has since raised $21,000 for his campaign.

  • Johnson, Bradley elected to Foothills board

     

    Judy Johnson and John Bradley Jr. have been elected to the Foothills Park & Recreation District board of directors.

    Johnson defeated two other candidates in Ward 3, and Bradley topped a field of three candidates in Ward 4.