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  • Jeffco sheriff eases fire restrictions

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has lifted its Stage II fire ban and returned to Stage I fire restrictions in the county.

    The less-stringent restrictions were reinstated because of lower temperatures and higher humidity that have reduced wildfire risk. The change was made starting Friday morning.

    People are prohibited from:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or recreational campfire, except within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground, private residence or picnic area.



  • Local family hoping for a cure

    At first blush, South Jeffco resident Tatum Moore appears to be a pretty typical 10-year-old girl.

    She enjoys dancing and twirling to music, and spends a lot of time chasing her 5-year-old brother, Tegan, around the living room. Tegan usually catches an adoring bop on the head from his older sister when she catches him.

  • Foothills ahead of ’16 budget thanks to wage savings, unplanned revenues

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is in the black following the second quarter, thanks in part to cost savings from unfilled seasonal jobs, but department heads are pushing for salary increases in 2017 to address employee retention issues.

  • Man faces two misdemeanors in scattering of tacks on Deer Creek Canyon Road

    A summons has been issued to a Littleton man in connection with the scattering of thumbtacks on Deer Creek Canyon Road on July 3, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office reported.

    Calvin Chambers faces misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. According to Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton, the tacks caused at least eight bicyclists to have flat tires that morning.

  • High lead levels found in drinking water at 38 Jeffco elementary schools

    Test results released by Jeffco Public Schools last week have revealed that at least 38 elementary schools in the district have high levels of lead in the drinking water from at least one sink or water fountain, including 11 schools in the mountain area and in South Jeffco. 

  • Firearm from gun-store burglary involved in accidental shooting of teen

    Police believe a gun involved in the accidental shooting of an Edgewater 13-year-old was among the dozens of firearms stolen from two Littleton gun stores last month.

    Edgewater Police Chief John Mackey said the teen was accidentally shot in the leg while standing with three other juveniles on an apartment balcony July 14. Mackey said the teen was expected to recover. 

  • Jeffco commissioners back Raise The Bar movement

    During staff briefings July 19, two of Jeffco's county commissioners asked staff to draft a letter in support of “Raise the Bar: Protect Our Constitution.”

    Spearheaded by former state senators Greg Brophy and Dan Gibbs, Raise the Bar is a ballot initiative aimed at making it more difficult to change Colorado’s constitution. Brophy, a Republican who represented Colorado’s 1st Senate District for nearly a decade until his unsuccessful bid for governor in 2014, appeared July 19 before the commission.

  • Jeffco set for debut of ‘Up Canyon Segment’ of Peaks to Plains Trail

    This week, Jeffco Open Space will celebrate its first milestone in the broader statewide effort to promote outdoor recreation when it opens a newly constructed section of the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon.

  • Smart-phone app alerts CPR-trained to nearby patients in need of help

    Let’s say you’re at the grocery store and your smart phone alerts you that someone in the parking lot is having a heart attack. Even though you’re not a medical expert, you know cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and you rush out to start or assist with CPR. And, maybe, thanks to that timely aid, the patient recovers.

    This is the idea behind the smart-phone application PulsePoint CPR/AED that West Metro Fire Rescue has launched in its district.

  • Groundwater not tested after toxin found at Lockheed

    Neither the Colorado health department nor Lockheed Martin tested groundwater at the company’s Waterton Canyon facility in South Jeffco after a toxic waste deposit was discovered there last October.

    Publicly disclosed about a month ago, the solid waste deposit was a sodium nitrate waste salt containing hexavalent chromium — a toxin known to cause cancer — and it measured approximately 1 to 2 feet thick, 20 feet wide and 50 feet long, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.