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  • Stretch of Santa Fe now honors fallen Navy SEAL

    The stretch of Santa Fe Drive between I-25 and C-470 now stands as a memorial to a Littleton native who was killed in 2005 in Afghanistan.

    On Aug. 18, that section of road was renamed the “Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Memorial Highway.”

    Dietz was killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. According to military reports, Dietz, the team’s communications specialist, saved the lives of three of his fellow soldiers that day. Sixteen other SEALs died in the battle, the single worst day for American fatalities in the war in Afghanistan.

  • Deputy injured after confronting suspected car thief; suspect shot

    A Jeffco sheriff’s investigator who confronted a suspected car thief Aug. 19 was dragged down Santa Fe Drive by the stolen vehicle and suffered serious injuries.

    When Investigator Art Peterson, 52, approached the stolen truck, the female driver sped away, dragging him down the street. Peterson then shot the driver at least once; she was being treated at Denver Health Medical Center.

    Peterson was in serious condition at Swedish Medical Center but had made improvements since the accident, according to Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires.

  • Lack of money grounds Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival permanently

    The Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival, an annual fixture at Chatfield State Park for nearly a decade, has been canceled permanently.

    "We just don't have the time or the resources in this economy to make this work," said Terry Smith, one of the event's organizers.

  • Jeffco government salaries

    Jefferson County government salaries 2009

    County Commissioners

    Administrative Specialist II 3367.00

    Commissioners Exec Secretary 5334.26

    Elected Official 7275.00

    Elected Official 7275.00

    Elected Official 7275.00

  • Pair in drug-trafficking ring each get 22 years in prison

    Two of three men prosecuted by the Jefferson County district attorney’s office for drug trafficking were sentenced to 22 years in prison Aug 11.

    Jose Martinez-Soto, 32, and Luis Arrendondo-Soto, 25, were each given a 22-year sentence for their roles in a drug-trafficking ring that moved large amounts of heroin and cocaine. A third man, Jesus Espinoza-Verdugo, 23, was sentenced to 11 years in prison July 27.

  • Columbine grad organizes concert to help homeless youth

    Leif Sunde wanted to help Stand Up For Kids, a nonprofit homeless youth advocacy group.

    The problem is, as a 19-year-old student at the University of Denver studying biochemistry, music composition, business and Arabic, he doesn’t have the time to volunteer and have the impact he wants to have.

    So, he decided to go another route.

    “I decided we should throw a concert and raise money that way,” Sunde said. "At least I'll be using whatever talent I have for the benefit of others."

  • Arvada woman selected to fill empty school board seat

    Robin Johnson of Arvada will fill the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education seat vacated when former board president Scott Benefield resigned June 30.

    Johnson has three children in Jeffco Public Schools and has been active at her local parent-teacher association, according to a statement from the school district. She’ll take the oath of office at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at the district’s headquarters.

    Johnson will have to run for re-election Nov. 1 if she hopes to keep the seat.

  • Second annual Dairy Queen Show and Shine revs up appreciation for vintage vehicles

    It goes without saying that the owners of the more than 100 classic cars at the Dairy Queen Show and Shine on Aug. 16 are serious about their love for vintage vehicles.

    How serious? Consider the sign in the window of a 1941 pearl-white Ford Business Coupe: "Please don't touch. The last person seen touching it was Jimmy Hoffa."

    Enough said.

    Touching aside, the car owners who packed the Dairy Queen parking lot off South Pierce Street between West Ken Caryl and West Chatfield avenues were eager to talk about their cars and proud to show them off.

  • 50 jobs leaving South Jeffco as Lockheed/Boeing continue rocket production consolidation

    Fifty jobs are leaving South Jeffco as United Launch Alliance continues to move its Atlas rocket production to northern Alabama.

    United Launch Alliance, based in Centennial, is a joint venture owned by Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The company engineers and produces rockets for the Atlas and Delta rocket programs, with the U.S. government as its largest client.

  • Dem drops out of CD6 primary race: Canter hopes to help former rival Flerlage unseat Mike Coffman

    One of the two Democrats vying for Congressman Mike Coffman's seat in the 2010 election has dropped out of the race.

    David Canter, a Highlands Ranch attorney, says fund-raising challenges led him to end his 10-month campaign. That leaves South Jeffco's John Flerlage as the only Democrat in the race.

    "During my fund-raising and meeting with people, a lot of people in the 6th Congressional District were staying on the sidelines," Canter said. "That wasn't doing John any good, and it wasn't doing me any good."