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  • 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.


    Chatfield Reservoir expansion meetings

    The U.S. Corps of Engineers has scheduled public involvement meetings in connection with its June 8 release of the Chatfield Reservoir expansion project draft report and environmental impact statement. The meetings are: Monday, June 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St. in Parker; and Tuesday June 26, at Dakota Ridge High School, 13399 W. Coal Mine Ave. in Littleton.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Grass sass targets class

  • Schools put property-tax increase on November ballot

    The Jeffco school board voted 4-1 at its June 7 meeting to put two property-tax increase questions on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Voter approval of both would mean a net $40 annual increase in taxes on a $250,000 home.

    County residents will vote on a mill-levy increase that would generate $39 million and a bond issue that would allow the district to borrow $99 million.

  • 2012-13 school budget eliminates 31 positions

    The Jefferson County school board approved the district’s 2012-13 budget on a 4-1 vote June 7, which includes continuing pay cuts and furlough days district-wide. Also, some 31 positions will be cut.

    Some $15 million in cuts are spread through various departments. However, the board continued to provide some funding to the Outdoor Lab Schools.

    The school’s total 2012-13 budget is $931 million, down very slightly from last year’s total budget of $932 million. The budget includes a $605 million general fund.