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  • Library closes the book on summer reading program

    Jeffco’s summer reading celebrities were treated to a stylish send-off over the weekend.

    The Jeffco Public Library hosted a celebrity-themed wrap party for its summer reading program at the county fairgrounds in Golden on Sunday. Kids and adults who spent part of their summer turning pages were treated to music, magic, a red-carpet walk, and a few famous faces, such as Wonder Woman, Batman and several Star Wars characters.

  • Authorities raid illegal pot-growing operation in Pike National Forest

    Law enforcement officers seized thousands of marijuana plants and thousands of pounds of equipment from an illegal grow site Aug. 19 near Green Mountain in the Pike National Forest, according to a news release.

    Officers from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado National Guard Joint Counter-Drug Task Force, the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Homeland Security all were part of the raid, the release said. The team collected more than 3,900 plants and more than 3,000 pounds of irrigation pipe, pesticides, flammable liquids, camping gear and trash.

  • Littleton council considering smoking ban downtown

    The Littleton City Council is considering a ban on smoking on all public sidewalks and streets in the city’s historic downtown.

    The council will consider a motion Sept. 1 to ban smoking in public areas, including all sidewalks, a block north and a block south of Main Street between South Santa Fe Drive and Rio Grande Street. The ban would not apply to alleys or privately owned parking lots, which could be used as smoking areas for businesses downtown.

  • Library will ask voters for 1-mill property-tax increase

    The Jeffco Public Library will ask voters to approve a 1-mill property-tax increase in the Nov. 3 election.

    The ballot language, approved Aug. 18 by the county commissioners on their consent agenda, would increase the library’s effective tax rate to 4.425 mills. That would represent an increase of $28.88 annually on the tax bill of a $300,000 home. The library’s total annual tax for that home would then be $107.46.

  • Authorities raid illegal pot-growing operation in Pike National Forest

    Law enforcement officers seized thousands of marijuana plants and thousands of pounds of equipment from an illegal grow site Aug. 19 near Green Mountain in the Pike National Forest, according to a news release.

  • 5 candidates challenging school board members targeted by recall

    Five candidates have stepped forward to challenge the three conservative school board members in Jefferson County who are the target of a recall effort.

    Susan Harmon, Brad Rupert, Ron Mitchell, Paula Noonan and Matthew Dhieux will contend with current board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams in the expected recall election in November.

  • Nine West Metro firefighters battling California blazes

    Nine firefighters from West Metro Fire Rescue are in California as part of a national effort to battle several massive wildfires in that state.

    The firefighters have been in California for about two weeks and are stationed at several major wildfires. The group includes a five-man strike team and a fire engine from West Metro Fire Station 9, located at C-470 and Morrison Road, that are working the Mad River Complex Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest west of Redding.

  • County observes National Breastfeeding Month

    Jefferson County is observing National Breastfeeding Month in August by making sure working mothers know their rights and that employers know what steps they should take to accommodate their employees.

    On Aug. 4, Jeffco’s county commissioners adopted a proclamation recognizing the importance of breastfeeding; the rights of new mothers who are back at work; and the benefits to businesses that accommodate new mothers.

  • Littleton Fire Rescue to take over coverage of TrailMark neighborhood

    Littleton Fire Rescue will take over providing fire and emergency medical services to the TrailMark at Chatfield neighborhood from the West Metro Fire District in 2016.

    TrailMark is part of Littleton and is located on South Wadsworth Boulevard southwest of Chatfield Reservoir. The area had been covered by Littleton Fire Rescue until 2013, when the city contracted with West Metro Fire for $300,000 annually to cover the neighborhood.

  • West Metro Fire Rescue seeks input from residents

    West Metro Fire Rescue is hosting a series of community meetings this month to help shape the organization’s 2016 strategic plan and to hear how residents are reacting to cuts made this year after a failed mill-levy election.

    The meetings throughout West Metro Fire’s coverage area will give the organization a chance to connect with residents outside of everyday operations, said West Metro Fire Chief Don Lombardi.