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Today's News

  • Playing it safe

    Jeffco residents flocked to the county fairgrounds on Saturday to attend the Jefferson County district attorney’s Safety Fair.

    The fair, in its seventh year, combined family-friendly activities with a plethora of resources and information on how to stay safe online and at home. Topics ranged from how to avoid being a victim of fraud to the do’s and don’ts of bicycle safety. Attendees also were able to shred personal documents and dispose of prescription medications.

  • Proposed Community Corrections move angers site’s neighbors

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have delayed a decision on purchasing a new site to house the Community Corrections program after a contentious four-hour meeting Aug. 18 at which neighbors of the property loudly objected to the plan.

    Neighbors of the proposed new location near West Eighth Avenue and Quail Street in Lakewood accused the county of dishonesty and said their concerns were being ignored. Dozens of residents said locating the facility in their neighborhood would put their families at risk and lead to an increase in crime.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • County clerk says recall will be on Nov. 3 ballot

    The recall question targeting the three conservative members of the Jeffco school board will be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, according to a spokeswoman from the county clerk’s office.

  • Evergreen homeowner who shot bear cubs faces two felony charges

    The Evergreen homeowner who fatally shot two bear cubs early Tuesday as they were trying to get into his trash is facing two felony charges, according to a news release from the Jeffco district attorney's office.

    One of the cubs died instantly, and the other had to be put down. The live round that hit the cubs then hit the window of a neighbor's house in the 27000 block of Lupine Drive.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Griebel, Rebels open in style, rout Fountain-Fort Carson
    FOUNTAIN
    — Mikey Griebel scored a pair of touchdowns and Matthew Starkey scampered 35 yards for a score as Columbine bounced back from a down 2014 season with a 34-7 road win over Fountain-Fort Carson on Aug. 28 at Guy R. Barickman Stadium.
    Columbine was an uncharacteristic 5-6 in 2014, yet still made it to the second round of the 5A playoffs. In the opener, the Rebels showed they learned from last year’s lackluster season.

  • 2015 gymnastics preview: Rebels’, Chargers’ numbers increasing

    A funny thing happens in the world of sports about 10 years or so after the USA takes home gold in a particular sport — high schools see an influx of well-trained athletes in that sport. Such is the case with gymnastics this year.
    “We have a huge team this year,” said Chatfield head coach Chanel Chavez. “We went from 23 last year to 32 this year.”
    Chavez was anticipating this sizable growth of her team.

  • 2015 volleyball preview: State run last year has Chatfield on everybody’s radar

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    Recognition is becoming the norm for Chatfield’s volleyball program. Two 5A state-tournament appearances in three years as a No. 12 seed will do that.
    But this year the expectations are higher — at least judging by the CHSAA preseason poll. The Lady Chargers checked in at No. 5.
    “Time will tell,”  said Chatfield head coach Stephanie Schick. “I certainly have confidence in my athletes. We will see.”