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  • Yawning sinkhole opens on South Simms

    A sinkhole bigger than two VW bugs has closed two lanes of South Simms Street between West Cooper Avenue and South Ward Street.

    The 20-foot-wide sinkhole, about 400 square feet in total size, shut down the street to both car and foot traffic on the afternoon of June 25. The hole is near the Foothills Park and Rec facilities on Ward Street. 

  • Most kinds of fireworks still illegal in Colorado

    It’s once again the time of year for pyrotechnics, but most fireworks are still illegal in Colorado.

    According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, “any device that explodes or leaves the ground,” which can include firecrackers, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, M-80s and roman candles, is prohibited for private use.

  • Bow Mar and Southwest Plaza mall propose annexation

    Southwest Plaza is angling to be annexed by the town of Bow Mar in a maneuver designed to return sales-sax revenue to the mall for improvements to public areas.

    The owners of the mall, General Growth Properties, and representatives of Bow Mar presented a possible “flagpole” annexation of the mall, which would include the town annexing several streets, to Jeffco’s county commissioners on June 17 during staff briefings. 

    The mall is currently embarking on a $75 million to $80 million remodeling project.  

  • Three people shot after concert at Red Rocks

    An SUV carrying rapper Schoolboy Q appears to have been the target of the shooting at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 19.

    Three people were shot in the vehicle that carried Schoolboy Q, whose real name is Quincey Matthew Hanley, after a concert ended last Thursday night at the amphitheater. The SUV left the scene with the three victims and Hanley after the shooting.

  • GOP primary in assessor race offers clear choice

    The GOP primary in the Jeffco assessor race offers a clear choice: the county’s deputy assessor, who has 18 years of experience in the office; and a tax consultant who has represented property owners in valuation disputes.

    Deputy Assessor Lou D’Aurio is vying for the Republican nomination with Ron Sandstrom. At the county GOP assembly on March 22, D’Aurio won 51 percent of the vote, while Sandstrom received 48 percent. The winner of the June 24 primary will face Democrat Andrew Hassinger and Libertarian Patrick Sullivan in the general election.

  • Bruin season: Residents must bear safety in mind

    With one to five bear sightings reported daily in Colorado, it is important to keep up to date on bear safety. 

    “We have bears that are getting into trash, bears that are getting into garages, and occasionally bears actually trying to get into the house,” said Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

    According to Churchill, the only bears in Colorado are black bears, which aren’t aggressive but are hungry. Most often, bears will try to avoid people. 

  • Divisions surface on county’s marijuana task force

    Members of Jeffco’s marijuana task force are divided not only on the effects of pot use but also on whether studies available about recreational marijuana are valid.

    Those divisions surfaced during the task force’s meeting on June 9, when members went back and forth on the validity of diverging studies showing the impacts of marijuana use. The competing data involved everything from impaired driving to effects on teenagers’ IQs.  

  • Losing candidates sue in West Metro election

    Two losing candidates in the West Metro Fire District’s May 6 board election are suing to void the results due to what they claim was a lack of secrecy in the ballot counting. 

    The lawsuit — filed June 2 by District 3 candidate Clyde Wadsworth, District 2 candidate Devin Howard, the two candidates’ authorized election watcher, and the Colorado Union of Taxpayers — claims the secrecy of the ballots was broached during the count.  

  • Inter-Canyon urges residents to submit statements

    Officials with the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District are asking residents to submit victim impact statements before the sentencing of former fire chief David MacBean on June 24.

    MacBean pleaded guilty in April to stealing $647,000 from the department to make unauthorized purchases from 2010 to 2012. MacBean faces up to 27 years in prison and has agreed to pay back the stolen funds as part of his plea.

  • Driver involved in accident that killed deputy pleads guilty

    The driver whose vehicle struck and killed Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. David Baldwin pleaded guilty June 9 to vehicular homicide. 

    Kenneth Hosch, 83, of Golden could face two to six years in prison. Hosch is currently free on $10,000 bond while he awaits sentencing on Aug. 29.

    The accident occurred just after 10 a.m. Jan. 26 when Hosch passed several cars on Colorado 93 north of West 64th Parkway. Hosch’s vehicle reportedly continued to travel in the opposite lane for about 1,500 feet after passing the cars.