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Today's News

  • Polar Dip benefits wounded Denver officer

    Jea King, 73, was among warm-hearted people who jumped into chilly lake waters at the Grant Ranch Village Center on Saturday for a good cause. King and about 20 others who participated in the Polar Dip were raising funds for Tony Lopez Jr., a Denver police officer who was injured in the line of duty in December.

    “I wouldn’t do this for fun,” King said. “It only takes five minutes out of my life. I can do that.”

  • Jeffco playing hardball with Comcast over contract update

    Jeffco is threatening to take away Comcast’s access to its cable lines in the county unless an agreement is finalized on changing the company’s fee structure for use of public right of way.  

  • Property-tax bills leaving Jeffco residents with ‘sticker shock’

    Jeffco residents are seeing hefty increases on property-tax statements from Jefferson County.

    This year residents will pay more in property taxes for their homes and condos than they did in 2015 because of the increased value of their properties, said County Assessor Ron Sandstrom.

    In 2015, the value of single-family homes in Jefferson County increased by an average of 20 percent, Sandstrom said. And the value of condos went up about 35 percent and more, he added.

  • Lifelong friends compiling history of Columbine area

    Lifelong friends Chuck Hause and Lou Fohn grew up in Columbine in an era when wheat grew on area farms and coal from mines near West Coal Mine Avenue heated homes.

    As a young man, Fohn learned to fly an airplane at the former Columbine Airport on West Ken Caryl Avenue.

    Hause remembers when there was only a convenience store in the area to buy gasoline and groceries without making the drive to downtown Littleton.

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    School board approves Virtual Academy shift

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously last Thursday to allow Arvada-based Two Roads Charter School to take over several elementary-level grades from Jeffco Virtual Academy, which is based in Lakewood.

  • Building a stairway to the tracks

    A project to build a stairway leading to views of rarely seen dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Ridge has received support through a $20,000 grant recommended by Jeffco Open Space.

    The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge requested the grant, which is being awarded through the state's Conservation Trust Fund.

    The stairway will let visitors closely observe a set of Iguanodontid tracks that are in the bottom of an ancient Cretaceous tidal channel that is about 100 million years old, said Kermit Shields of the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge.

  • One-car crash kills teenager

    A one-car accident on West Ken Caryl Avenue killed a 16-year-old girl on Saturday, Trooper Nate Reid of the Colorado State Patrol reported.

    A 15-year-old girl was driving a 2010 Mercedes GLK350 when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the road and hit a street sign, Reid said. The sign came through the sunroof and struck the passenger, Reid said. She died at the scene of the accident.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Multiple suspects sought in robberies at Southwest Plaza, Park Meadows

    Authorities are searching for several suspects in separate but similar robberies Wednesday night at Southwest Plaza in South Jeffco and at Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree.

  • Foothills negotiating sale of property for housing project

    Foothills Park & Recreation is negotiating the sale of 4 acres of district property between South Wadsworth Boulevard and South Carr Street to pave the way for a developer to create 44 lots for single family homes.

    The sale also would generate additional cash and add to the tax base of the Foothills district, said Ron Hopp, FPRD executive director. During a recent community meeting on the proposed project, Hopp pointed out that requests for an increased mill levy for the park district have failed in recent years.

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

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