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  • County health agency warns of risks from inhaling smoke

    Jefferson County Public Health warned residents late Monday about increased respiratory risks caused by heavy smoke from the Lower North Fork Fire south of Conifer.

    A gigantic plume of smoke filled the foothills and surrounded the metro area beginning Monday afternoon, after the blaze scorched thousands of acres in a matter of hours.

  • Remaining evacuees return to homes as weather deals final blow to deadly Lower North Fork Fire

    With containment of the deadly Lower North Fork Fire at 100 percent and wetter weather answering the prayers of residents and firefighters, the remaining evacuated residents were headed back to their homes — a week after the wildfire brought fear and devastation to a massive area south of Conifer. 

     

    Kuehster Road, where the most damage was done, was open to residents only on Monday, Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. All pre-evacuation notices also were lifted April 2.

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  • Big Kahuna pedals a well-spoken product

    The story behind the naming of Big Kahuna Bicycles has almost nothing to do with surf culture, which might seem surprising given the shop’s seemingly inexplicable location in a landlocked state.

  • Former Illinois governor now in Littleton prison

     The Federal Correction Institution Englewood gained an infamous celebrity inmate last week with the arrival of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who began serving a 14-year sentence for corruption charges.

    The notoriously thick-haired Blagojevich, 55, was convicted last year on charges related to an alleged attempted sale of the Illinois Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama in 2009.

  • Former Illinois governor now in Littleton prison

    The Federal Correction Institution Englewood gained an infamous celebrity inmate last week with the arrival of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who began serving a 14-year sentence for corruption charges.

    The notoriously thick-haired Blagojevich, 55, was convicted last year on charges related to an alleged attempted sale of the Illinois Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama in 2009.

  • Neville invokes Nazis while criticizing Obama administration

    State Sen. Tim Neville invoked Nazi Germany last week in a reference leading up to a comment about the Obama administration, an association he said he made only in regard to a threatened “right of conscience.”

  • Neville invokes Nazis while criticizing Obama administration

    State Sen. Tim Neville invoked Nazi Germany last week in a reference leading up to a comment about the Obama administration, an association he said he made only in regard to a threatened “right of conscience.”

  • Kerr to committee witness: ‘Lady, shut it’

    State Rep. Jim Kerr defended in an interview Sunday his curt response to a prison nurse who interrupted him last week during a hearing about proposed changes to the state’s personnel system.

    Kerr, a Republican in his final year representing House District 28, said the nurse, Kim Bodin, had interrupted him several times, prompting him to slightly raise his voice.

  • Panel: McCasky violated ethics standards

    Former Jefferson County commissioner Kevin McCasky violated Colorado law when he voted to approve $400,000 in county funds for the economic council to which he had applied and later accepted a high-paying job, a state ethics panel ruled Monday.

    The Colorado Ethics Commission made its ruling a little over a year after Colorado Ethics Watch filed a complaint against McCasky, alleging the former commissioner breached his fiduciary duty to the county by performing an official act in which he had a financial interest.