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  • Necessities for bears: Littleton resident's group dedicated to helping endangered pandas

    The 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck China on May 12 was devastating not only to people and property, but also to an endangered species that has captured the imagination of Littleton resident Suzanne Braden.

    And Braden, along with her nonprofit organization Pandas International, continues to help.

    In early June, Braden visited the Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in western China’s Sichuan Province, home to the last remaining wild pandas.

  • It's my party, and I'll call the cops if I want to

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A South Jeffco man learned a quick lesson in the perils of drinking and crashing a party July 3: He was accused of breaking and entering. The man said that he got off work and went to a bar to meet some friends. One of those friends then drove him to a house where a party supposedly was taking place. The party seeker walked into the garage and then into the home, but before he could grab a beer from the fridge, an occupant of the home confronted him. The intruder apologized and told the man he must have walked into the wrong house.

  • Asphalt shortage threatens road projects statewide

    A nationwide asphalt shortage is jeopardizing road projects across the state during the peak of the 2008 paving season.

    "This caught us completely by surprise," said Jeff Kullman, a regional director for the Colorado Department of Transportation. "There are critical interstate projects we won't be able to deliver on."

    CDOT says 34 projects could be affected by the shortage.

    In the last two weeks, CDOT has learned from suppliers that there will not be enough asphalt to complete projects that have already gone out to bid.

  • Time travelers make a trip to commissioners' offices

    It was late in the workday July 2, and Pam Penton was getting ready to leave her job at the information desk just inside the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building.

    And then things turned weird.

    A man outfitted from head to toe in Revolutionary War regalia, accompanied by two children in similar garb, asked where he could find the commissioners’ offices. The man also was carrying an American flag on a 5-foot pole.

  • Endless summer construction: Two major projects causing headaches in South Jeffco

    South Jeffco commuters are no strangers to road construction, as several major projects have snarled traffic in recent weeks.

    A project designed to make the intersection of Ken Caryl Avenue and Continental Divide Road safer meant closing Ken Caryl between Kipling and Simms for a time. It has reopened, but the next few weeks will bring lane closures in alternating directions.

    The westbound lanes of Ken Caryl from Kipling to Simms were to be closed for three weeks starting July 7.

  • Getting in the spirit: Sunday liquor sales come to Colorado

    Teresa Teaff walked down the aisle Sunday at Tipsy’s Liquor World browsing bottles of wine from the southern region of France. Sunday spirit shopping was a welcome experience for the Tennessee resident, who was in town on business. Buying liquor on a Sunday was also a welcome experience for many Coloradans.

    July 6 was the first Sunday that Colorado liquor stores have been open since before Prohibition. Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill in April repealing the state’s blue law, joining 34 other states with Sunday liquor sales.

  • Area theater troupes team up for fund-raiser

    The Main Street Players, Littleton’s longest-running community theater group, and the Ovation Players are looking for a bit of support in exchange for dinner and a show July 12.

    The troupes will be hosting a fund-raising gala July 12 at Columbine Country Club. Tickets cost $45 and include dinner and a scene from “Eleemosynary” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The groups will also perform 11 numbers from other musicals staged during the 25-year history of the Main Street Players.

  • Mailing it in: Election officials pushing postal option

    Jeffco election officials are continuing to suggest that registered voters sign up to be permanent mail voters and join the 58 percent of registered county residents — 152,038 as of June 30 — who have chosen that option.

    Becoming a mail voter will help ease the Election Day burden at the polls and ensure that residents don’t feel rushed to vote, said Pam Anderson, Jeffco’s clerk and recorder. She added that many voters also have a hard time making it to their polling places on Election Day.

  • School board member pleads guilty to assault

    Jeffco school board member and state House candidate Vince Chowdhury pleaded guilty July 8 to a third-degree assault charge stemming from accusations that he slapped and choked his 16-year-old daughter.

    A harassment charge and a charge for violating a protective order were dismissed during the proceeding in Jefferson County Court. Chowdhury, 48, was given a supervised, one-year deferred sentence and ordered to complete anger management and parenting classes. If he completes the classes and stays out of trouble, the case will be dismissed in one year.

  • School board seeks Chowdhury’s resignation in wake of guilty plea

    Jeffco school board member and state House candidate Vince Chowdhury should resign his board position after pleading guilty to a charge stemming from accusations that he choked and slapped his 16-year-old daughter, the school board said July 8.