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  • Tensions persist between residents, urban renewal agency

    Tensions between a citizens group seeking more transparent government and Littleton officials surfaced at a recent meeting of the city’s urban renewal authority.

    At the June 16 meeting of Littleton Invests for Tomorrow, that friction was visible when Littleton resident Carol Brzeczek asked LIFT board president Jim Taylor to release information on possible boundary changes the board received during the meeting.

    Taylor said he wouldn’t release the information until the board had a chance to review it. 

  • Girl missing near Columbine West found safe

    A Jeffco sheriff’s deputy found an 8-year-old girl who had been reported missing in the South Jeffco area Wednesday morning.

    The girl, Chloey, was found near West Coal Mine Avenue and Owens by a deputy after a search was started earlier. She had been last seen at 7 a.m. near 7200 W. Portland Ave., southwest of Coal Mine Avenue and Pierce Street, according to the sheriff’s Twitter account.

  • Groundskeeper at Meadows Golf Course dies in tractor accident

     A 79-year-old groundskeeper was run over by a tractor and died the morning of June 24 while working at the Meadows Golf Course.

    John Meyers was found by golfers on the ninth hole with his chest pinned beneath one of the tractor's rear tires.  

    Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said Meyers had been using the tractor for seeding. It appeared the tractor's rear wheel rolled over Meyers when he stopped to get a bag from an attachment on the front of the vehicle to put seed in an attachment behind it.

  • 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.